The Digs: Bright and woody, the interior of Lucky 8's still feels very "new." It's clean and airy without too much of a stereotypical Asian vibe, and has an open staircase that allows for dramatic entrances.
The Deal: $5 wells, $4 wine and Fernet, and $2 PBR tallboys make for fairly good bargains, but it's the food deals here that steal the show. You can get royally full for around $8. The Szechuan ribs ($2 each) are meaty and well sauced. The rolls ($1.50 each)--both egg and spring--make for fine bar snacking. Also worth a mention are the pork bao ($2.50 each); hearty and fresh-tasting, two make a meal on their own. If you're feeling spendy, the duck dumplings ($8.95) are crispy, delicious treats that, when paired with orange chili sauce, make for sweet/savory perfection, and are completely worth taking a vacation from the happy-hour menu.
The Verdict: I have to admit I almost cancelled this review after I was awkwardly, unceremoniously dumped during my visit, received a parking ticket while there, and discovered my photos did not turn out--but when I started thinking about those Szechuan ribs, $2 tallboys, and the sweet, considerate staff, I made plans to go back. After all, they did everything right by happy-hour standards, and those yummy pork bao were hardly accountable for my bad karma (all three instances of which could have been avoided) as they brought to mind an often-repeated phrase from that ill-fated afternoon: "It's not you, Lucky 8's China House, it's me."