Ahh, the New York state of mind. It revolves around class, history, delicious food, and an exciting nightlife. Well, there is no need to get on a plane to NYC, when all of that can be found right here in Palm Harbor. The Lucky Dill is hopping morning, noon and night with people of all ages who have become regulars over the years. It’s not hard to see why. The Lucky Dill has long been a favorite destination for local residents and visitors alike, and when they outgrew their old location at the corner of Alt. 19 and Alderman Rd., they stepped it up a notch and opened their much larger location on U.S. 19 between Tampa Rd. and Nebraska Rd., raising the bar… literally by adding space, adding a separate entrance for their popular bakery and by opening their NYC Bar.
Owner Kimberly Mitow has been in the restaurant business for many years, so when she and her family moved to Pinellas County in the ‘90s, she opened up the original Lucky Dill, and it became a staple in the community. Families loved to come in for the great, quality food. Families loved their great kids’ menu, their giant sandwiches and their decadent desserts. People met there for business meetings, to hang out with friends, and to have a beer on their patio. The Lucky Dill was so popular that many panicked when they heard that they were closing their doors. There was a collective sigh of relief and a feeling of excitement, that has not shown any signs of slowing down, when The Lucky Dill opened up again on U.S. 19 less than a year ago.
Their new location is 2 1/2 times the size of their original restaurant, and serves 2,500 happy customers a day. The Lucky Dill is as busy a place as you would expect for a NYC restaurant; in fact, they have recently arranged for their employees to park on another lot, opening up 40 more parking spots to accommodate customers. Now people can easily access “The Dill” whether they are coming in to pick up a deli sandwich or baked goods from the mouth-watering Brooklyn Bakery, swinging in for lunch or dinner, or even dancing to live music at their popular Ladies Night (which is on Thursdays!).
As a guest at The Lucky Dill, you will be seated in one of New York’s famous boroughs. Behind the busy Brooklyn Bakery is my family’s favorite, the Bronx, where it feels like you could be dining just a block from Yankee Stadium. The newest addition to the restaurant is the Tribeca Lounge, which like the borough it is named for, is both lively, classy and 100% New York. The Tribeca Lounge seats up to 60 people and can be rented out for private parties, business events, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties or even small weddings.
Regardless of what part of town you are seated in, what makes a restaurant a true success is the food, and if you’re hungry, you will find something on the menu to please even the pickiest eater. Want breakfast all day? No problem. Feel like having a sandwich the size of a skyscraper? Ga’ Head. Need something to bring over to Ma’s? Order to go. Any chance of leaving hungry? Fuggetaboutit!
Regular Lindsay Ramey says, “The Deli Luxe is my favorite sandwich and the West Side Story omelet is delish. The bakery is totally sinful, too.”
How YOU Doin?
The lucky Dill opens at 7 a.m. every morning, and while there is a Breakfast All Day section on their lunch and dinner menu, their full-fledged, real-deal breakfast menu is not to be missed. This properly themed breakfast menu has breakfast sandwiches, a dozen unique omelets, “Scrambles” and breakfast pizzas as well as many options from their “Bagel Noshery.” Many regulars come in just for the specially made, properly boiled, New York-style bagels. It’s the preparation that makes them so tasty, and at The Lucky Dill, you can get your bagel every way but Sunday. Even on Sundays. Actually on Sunday, they extend their breakfast menu until noon! If you love breakfast, you’ll love The Lucky Dill’s new “Follow the Pickle Breakfast Club,” because when you buy four breakfasts, you get one for free.
Customer Pat Hazellief says, “Can't beat their brisket and potato pancakes with applesauce and sour cream…Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.”
The lunch and dinner menu takes a few more minutes to look through. With over 280 high quality, tasty items on the menu – it can be hard to choose. To start, The Lucky Dill offers a variety of “Nibbles and Noshes” like the “Mean Streets Mozzarella Caprese” and the “Yankee Stadium Sliders.” Homemade soups are made every day, and the salad selection is impressive.
Ask a regular what their favorite meal is, and chances are they will mention one of their famous sandwiches, narrowing it down to one favorite is the difficult part. To make it easy, they offer combos and daily specials, which are hugely popular. There are sides galore and buckets for their legendary fries, although I caution you that you may want to get more than one per table.
The Lucky Dill is famous for their Reubens, their Hot Corned Beef sandwich and their Pastrami sandwiches (or there’s a few with both if you’d like). Sandwiches are piled high and served on a freshly baked bread of your choice, although Rye is a popular choice! If you’d like something smaller, there’s the Reubenettes, slider-style Reubens.
Carrie Zengel says, “I Love Lucky Dill! Best burgers and cheesecake in town…And their pastrami sandwiches aren’t bad either,” she adds with a wink.
More than just sandwiches, The Lucky Dill’s menu offers more food than a regular could try in a lifetime. One of their newest specials is called the Shrimp Fantastico, and is Shrimp served three different ways from 3-6 p.m. for only $10.99. On Wednesdays, Something for Everyone, it includes everything from homemade soups and salads to a prime rib that would please the toughest NYC critic. Also, a real crowd pleaser – as long as you order a beverage of any kind, your meal comes with a piece of cheesecake or a slice of apple strudel. With their kid’s meal, children receive one black and white cookie. Trust me, you won’t leave hungry, not that it will stop you from hitting the Brooklyn Bakery for a box of goodies on the way out.
The Brooklyn Bakery offers everything that you’d find in a NYC deli. From specialty soda pops and sinful cookies, delectable tarts and cakes, to the very best deli-meat in town. I know in my family, we take a box of goodies home to share with our friends and family.
Drinks in the City
Nightlife starts after 8 p.m., when the family restaurant’s famous NYC Bar comes to life with an amazing late night menu, live entertainment 6 nights a week, and nightly drink specials that keep the tap flowing. The NYC Bar offers more than 50 beers, craft cocktails, and that “Sex in the City” atmosphere that has been absent from the area for so long.
Every Tuesday is “Stellar TWOS-DAY” where they offer $2 Stella Artois after 8 p.m. to go with their live music, and if you eat on the patio any day, you can get a Stella Artois and a burger for $8.99. Thursday is Ladies Night, and Vegas Night is Sundays. Honestly, there are too many specials to mention here, but long story short, it’s a whole lot of food for a really great price. If you really want to be in the know, become a friend on Facebook, and sign up to receive email blasts, coupons and updates.
Local resident, Kym Snyder enthusiastically says about the NYC Bar, “[It’s the] Only place in town to get a Dark and Stormy!” The NYC Bar is great for date nights, going out with friends, or meeting new ones.
The Lucky Dill brings the best of New York to Palm Harbor with the heart and soul of the restaurant being their delicious food. Bring your family in today, tomorrow and the next day. You’ll be a regular in no time.
Here are some of the articles that have been written about The Lucky Dill
- Rev Up Your Night at The NYC Bar at The Lucky Dill
- Lucky Dill becomes a nightlife haven in Palm Harbor
- Lucky Dill Announces Grand Opening of NYC Bar
- The Lucky Dill - Home Of The Sandwich That Ate Brooklyn!
- Big Daddy Dave: Just a Dill of a Deli!
- Confessions of a Cook: Florida, pt 2: The Lucky Dill
- The Lucky Dill Offers Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Nightlife!