Diners in Puyallup may be missing Lucky’s Hot Dog Diner, but Sumner hot dog fans have only just discovered it. Owner Brian Britton, who ran Lucky’s Hot Dog Diner with girlfriend Ruby Iribarren moved the popular Puyallup hot dog restaurant and merged it with Sully’s Alder Street Café, a longtime Sumner staple. Most of the menu fulfills Sully’s mission as a greasy spoon diner: breakfast served all day and a broad selection of sandwiches and diner favorites.
One section of the menu is devoted to a handful of dogs, as well as some other East Coast specialties. As for the dogs, they only serve Vienna dogs at Lucky’s, and I’m a fan.
The Lucky Dog ($3) is served Chicago style and stayed true to its roots with yellow mustard, onions, neon green pickle relish, a slice of tomato, a dill pickle and celery salt, but the promised sport peppers were missing in action.
The Coney Island ($4) was a saucy number with all beef runny chili, mustard and chopped onions. By Detroit hot dog fanatic Joe Grimm’s assessment, the chili on the Lucky Coney leaned more Detroit than Flint. This is a dog to eat with a fork and knife. It also strayed slightly from pure form: it came topped with melted cheddar. I didn’t complain.
Also on the menu, but not sampled for this report, a Southern slaw dog $5), a Vienna beef bratwurst ($5) and Maxwell St. Polish ($5).
Hey Chicago Italian beef combo fans, they’ve got that on the menu, too. And corned beef, and pastrami sandwiches. And Philly cheesesteaks. This is a place I could spend a lot of time in.
Sully’s Alder Street Café/Lucky Hot Dog Diner
Where: 909 Alder St., Sumner
Hours: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays.