Written by Leann Pettit
Chad Rosenthal's much anticipated new restaurant, The Lucky Well, opens for dinner on Monday.
I had the pleasure to experience Ambler's newest dining establishment during a preview night held on Saturday evening.
The menu, while definitely has a slant towards barbecue, offering St. Louis style pork ribs, beef brisket, chicken and sausage, also has offerings of salads, seafood, appetizers, soup and more.
The two of us dining together opted to try Rosenthal's barbecue and ordered the pork ribs and the brisket, as well as ordered three sides: mac and cheese, slaw and cornbread.
The meats are served in full and half orders. We ordered half orders of each meat, which was still a lot of meat for two people.
Ribs, which can be dry at other barbecue places, where moist, with a lot of meat on them and the sauce was excellent, smoky and a perfect compliment to the ribs.
The beef brisket, which is served sliced, and topped with the same house sauce as the ribs, was expertly cooked - juicy and tender - and barely needed a knife to cut it up.
The sides were also perfect pairings for the barbecue. The cornbread was dense and sweet. Our server, Skyler, told us the secret ingredients are burnt honey and jalapeños. The slaw had a nice spice and heat, while provide that freshness and crunch to balance out the meatiness of the barbecue.
Overall, our meal was delicious, and very huge. The Lucky Well also offers a full dessert menu and a full bar menu, with a large craft beer list on draft and in bottles.
The ambiance of the restaurant is very light, airy and classy. I have been to many, many barbecue joints around the country, and The Lucky Well has a feels much brighter inside while you're dining. The decorations are very crisp - black and white photos of farms, farm equipment, and animals - and, in the corner behind the bar is the wooden sign that hung outside Rosey's BBQ in Ambler.