The Great Wall of China was constructed to keep roving packs of ancient pandas from absconding with the local cuisine. Succeed where the bears failed with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of authentic Sichuan fare at Lucky Strike, located in the Hawthorne district. Choose between the following expiration dates:
- February 17, 2012
- March 17, 2012
Lucky Strike’s dinner menu erupts with spicy, authentic Sichuan fare. Diners delve into mealtime with small plates and appetizers such as the spicy jellyfish salad tossed with garlic, scallion, and chinese celery ($8). Guests must conquer a mountain of noodle and appetizer choices before indulging in Sichuan-style meals such as the hot-pepper chicken bath, which surrounds lucky fowls in a veritable bubble bath of hot peppers and comes with an optional rubber ducky on the side ($12). The pickled yard-long bean packs a flavorful punch with diced and pickled string beans stir-fried with garlic and scallions ($10), and the orange chicken sings a dulcet tone after a braised encounter with house-made orange sauce topped with shaved dark chocolate ($11).
Lucky Strike puts forward a fun, yet elegant atmosphere with its rich crimson chandeliers and blend of traditional and pop-inspired Asian artwork dotting the walls. The authentic cuisine, vibrant ambience, and recently hired duo of sirens lure large crowds during weekend dinner hours, so call to schedule ahead.
In addition to awarding Lucky Strike a spot on its list of Best Restaurants in 2009, Portland Monthly praised the eatery for its ability to "revise everything you know about Chinese food." While the chefs source ingredients from local producers whenever possible, they also embrace the fiery flavors of Sichuan cuisine by incorporating such traditional spices as prickly ash and Sichuan peppercorn. These incendiary ingredients appear throughout the menu, which includes signatures such as twice-cooked pork belly, braised eggplant, and sweet-and-sour chicken.
To complement bites, the restaurant features a selection of locally brewed beers that rotates regularly. Bartenders mix cocktails with spirits infused in-house, including the signature vodka with lemongrass, ginger, and thai chili.
Wine-red and jet-black walls lend a lounge-like ambience to the dining room, which features dark wooden tables and traditional Chinese wall art. From the ceilings, red chandeliers light the space more effectively than a portrait of a supernova.