Lists

Ten Reasons Lucky's Market Is Better Than Publix

It seems impossible, but it's true — the almighty Publix has been knocked off its pedestal. We didn't expect to love Lucky's Market this much, but it happened. Out with the old, in with the new. Sorry, Publix, but you're just no match for what Lucky's has to offer. 

On March 23, Lucky's Market opened its first South Florida location, at 9200 Wiles Road in Coral Springs' Royal Eagle Plaza. The organic grocery chain that got its start in Colorado has been the talk of the town since. A second location is planned to pop up in Plantation later this year, and if the Coral Springs location's success has been any indication, there should be many more to come. 

Here are just a few reasons why soon enough everyone in South Florida will soon be driving by ten Publix's to shop at Lucky's.
10. Lucky's Market beers you at the door.
It's jarring, really. At first glance, your eyes aren't totally sure the message they are sending your brain is correct — everyone is full on clutching a pint of beer. We came across this couple sipping from their pints before we even had a cart. Lucky's offers shoppers two-dollar pints of any beer they have on tap at the moment, and not only are you free to take it away from the bar, you're encouraged to do so. At Publix, cashiers look at you side-eyed if you dare break a six-pack.
9. Lucky's makes its own bacon that makes Boars Head look like Oscar Meyer.
When Lucky's opens a new location, it cuts a ceremonial slab to celebrate the opening, and for good reasonzz: because they are the bacon people. They cure and smoke enormous sides of bacon right in the store, slice them thick, then sell them to you by the pound. At all times throughout the day, there is a chafer full of bacon pieces next to a tub of toothpicks for customers to stab and give different flavors a try. Publix is not doing this. Nobody is doing this. This is craziness.

8. Lucky's has changed the deli game. 
Lucky's deli is full of off-the-wall culinary concoctions. At Publix, it's breaking news when it releases a new flavor of rotisserie chicken. Lucky's is selling things like fried bacon jalapeño mac ’n’ cheese balls, Cuban rice salads, and grilled-and-sliced house-marinated flank steak. Publix has been selling the same mojo pork and subpar sides for more than a decade now. Lucky's puts mojo pork on one-dollar hot dogs it sell at the door, like it's a joke
7. Lucky's knows you love coffee.
You love coffee so much, yet Publix doesn't care. They just throw bags on a shelf. Some locations, you can nab some fresh ground stuff, but the options are limited. Look at the picture above; that was all we could fit in the frame — it goes on much farther. You can actually create your own coffee concoction if you so choose; the combinations are endless. It's like the Starbucks supplier opened a store, so you can now cut out the middle man. 
6. Lucky's has butchers that do on-demand butcher stuff
Ever been to a Penn Dutch? It's sort of like that at Lucky's, only without the Dexter-looking backroom. Lucky's, like Publix, will cut a slab of meat into any form you wish; just ask. What sets Lucky's apart in this area is it was supereasy to flag down a butcher for help. Few people ask for this service at Publix, so butchers are rarely available, usually choosing to hide in the back where no one can get their attention.
KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.
Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
Contact: Ryan Yousefi