Less than a year old, Lucy’s is definitely the new “it” restaurant in Tiger Town, and it got a huge boost by being featured in the March/April issue of ALABAMA Magazine. This sleek, attractive, upscale restaurant is owned by Austin Singleton (of Singleton Marine) and Lisa van der Reijden (owner/operator of VDR Designs). Lisa is not a native of Auburn but has lived in the town for over 15 years.
Lisa dreamed of transforming the space she passed every day on her way to work and jumped at it when the previous tenants vacated the building. She lives in the neighborhood and had a vision of sophistication and simplicity where modern American cuisine would be served. The whole decor is tasteful and attractive, and the service is attentive and helpful. The entire staff appeared to be working in concert on the night Steve and I visited.
The Executive Chef is Brian Paolina, from Southern California. With him, he brings great training from well-known chefs, a degree from the Art Institute of California and lots of southwestern flavors and flair. His signature dishes are probably the short ribs and the juicy Lucy burger. I can personally attest that his short ribs are delectable.
The name of the restaurant is a reference to the nickname van der Reijden’s late father gave her, and the eatery’s mantra “Good Vibes Only!” applies the moment you walk through the door.
We started our meal with our all-time favorite appetizer — raw oysters.
Steve chose the salmon over stewed lentils and sweet potatoes.
My short ribs were served with garlic mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and “frizzled” onions.
Lucy’s — located at 2300 Moores Mill Road — is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. It’s a great addition to Auburn’s culinary scene.