Lucky 13 is a great little place on 1300 South in Salt Lake City right by the Spring Mobile baseball park. Â The parking is limited and the building is low-key but that combination adds to the overall essence that is Lucky 13. Â Famous for a few different burgers, this is the type of place you could spend hours in and feel fine doing it. Â The lunch crowd and dinner crowd are apparently two very different groups (one being sober) so prepare accordingly but no matter what, you’ll love the burgers.
I went with the Lucky 13 Celestial Burger ($9.00 burger & fries – $11.00 w/ drink ) which is covered in bacon, grilled onions, bbq sauce and cheddar cheese. Â It was a messy mother of a burger but went down smooth and left my hands dripping with bbq sauce. Â The meat itself is never frozen chuck and the freshness of all the ingredients was evident with every bite. Â The bacon at Lucky 13 is some of the best bacon I have EVER tasted. Â They smoke it in-house daily and you can taste the amazing flavors with every bite. Â In fact, I think I might order a side of bacon next time because it was that good. Â The bun was a nice chewy protection around the burger and held up relatively nicely to the juicy patty and dripping bbq sauce. Â Every bite was wonderful and I can see why their burgers are talked about.
The fries were good and the variety of side options were phenomenol: onion rings, roasted garlic rosemary fries, cajun fries, fried pickles or jalapeno bottle caps. Â Their fry sauce was of the bbq sauce infused selection and actually went well with the fries. Â The garlic fries were amazingly potent so if you love your garlic, this is the place to come. Â Also, pay attention to their “Specials” board as you walk in. Â Today, they had their Breathalyzer Burger for $4. Â The drinks were constantly being refilled and the service was great.
I spent a little extra time with head chef Nick and he showed off the kitchen area. Â The burger patties are never frozen, the burgers are served fresh and cooked medium to medium-well. Â He also walked me over to where they smoke their bacon and jalapeno poppers. They start smoking at 10:30am every morning and don’t stop until they close. Â Everything about Lucky 13 was relaxed, delicious and pleasant and the burgers were phenomenal. Â In fact, I’d say the Celestial Burger at Lucky 13 is the best Celestial Burger I’ve ever had….seriously! Â If you are looking for a juicy, messy, mean burger loaded with flavor then Lucky 13 is a great choice. Â If you are looking for a light burger than you’ll want to avoid Lucky 13 like the plague.
135 West 1300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84115