When I first sat down to eat at Lucky Devils, I wondered about the inspiration for the restaurant’s name. At the end of my meal, I was certain I had my answer. We, the customers, are certainly the lucky devils. Though that may be true, another reason is surely that the strikingly handsome former model and owner of the establishment’s name is Lucky Vanous. And he and his charming, friendly staff serve up “sinfully good” food and times.

During these hot summer months, especially if you’re cruising Hollywood Boulevard or in the area for some entertainment, Lucky Devils provides the perfect refuge. Its airy box shape, nicely spaced furniture and chill colors make the atmosphere light and cool, even though the food can be spicy and quite a mouthful. Plus, the gourmet burger eatery takes pride in quenching your thirst (or making you thirsty for more) with an eclectic beer selection featuring more than 30 different brews from around the world.

Feeding hungry Angelenos for six years now, Lucky Devils is one of the cooler hangouts in its hood. One quick scan over the reviews at Yelp, and it’s clear that people travel from afar for one of the best burgers they’ve ever eaten. If you haven’t yet discovered Lucky Devils, you’re in luck: Starting this month, they’ve launched a new summer menu with “hot eats and cool brews for the warm days ahead.”

One very pleasant surprise is their Veggie Burger. Yes, their Diablo burger is literally one of the best burgers I have ever eaten (white cheddar, double-smoked bacon, avocado, wild arugula, house 1,000 island and devil hot sauce), but it was the Veggie that threw me for a loop. I don’t usually opt for the meatless version, but after hearing a glowing recommendation, I went for it. It was tasty as ever. Made from sautéed portobellos, shredded beets, almonds and walnuts (plus 21 other ingredients), white cheddar, avocado, beer caramelized onions, house 1,000 island and wild arugula, it’s a good-for-you vitamin infusion despite boasting a taste that screams “guilty pleasure.” So as not to be too much of a health nut, add some Rosemary Garlic Crispy Fries on the side.

If you opt for any of their dreamy burgers, try an order of their Grilled Organic Broccoli. Owner Vanous is commited to locally grown and organic ingredients and “clean protein,” featuring all-natural, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat. Listed on the menu are his meat suppliers: Snake Rivers Farms, Tallgrass Beef and Shelton’s (free range turkey).

And I must not forget to mention that each burger arrives resting in between a soft, toasted brioche bun.

Along with the burgers, Lucky Devils is known for its house-smoked barbecue. With the Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs (slow smoked for seven hours), you can choose a sauce that is either heavenly sweet or devilishly spicy. You’ll be licking your fingers long after the meal is over.

Now, something I should have mentioned previously: Please save room for dessert. I tried two versions of the liege waffle, but there are so many more. The special is the Grilled Summer Peach Custard: an authentic Belgian Liège Waffle topped with Grilled Peach Frozen Custard and drizzled with homemade Salted Chimay Beer Caramel. I also gobbled down a second waffle with homemade Belgium Hot Fudge and Tahitian Vanilla Frozen Custard from Pennsylvania. I know what you’re thinking, but in my defense, these waffles are not as big as American ones, and luckily, I was sharing. Sweet and cakey, thick and chewy, you can’t eat just one.

What I didn’t try, but will when I return to sample their summer weekday specials, is their Monday special: a free six-ounce shake with any burger and fries or entree made with their Tahitian Vanilla Frozen Custard. Also, take advantage of their $10 lunch, with a choice of Pizza & Caesar, Lucky Burger & Fire Slaw or Chicken Caesar Salad, weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.



For more information, call (323) 465-8259 or visit luckydevils-la.com.