Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Crabby Night at Lure Bistro

Last Thursday brought us a fun dining excursion...all-you-can-eat crab legs at Lure Bistro in Willoughby.
Known for their sushi (half-off on Tuesdays), they are running this Thursday special right now and we couldn't wait to dive into some crab legs. For just $28.50, it's one of the best deals that I've seen on AYCE crab.
The meal also included a side salad, which was doused a little too much in the dressing for my taste-- but otherwise very good.
Fresh bread arrived with the salads, and it included a mango butter. I was quickly distracted by the crab when it arrived shortly after, but I didn't taste the mango flavor in it.

With the main event, french fries and coleslaw are served. But those were easily ignored for the most part. Bring on more crab! They were flavorful, easy to crack, and had large pieces of meat in them. Very much worth the work, and the coating of crab smell on our skin at the end of the night.

I do want to head back to Lure for sushi some night. The menu is lengthy, and so many of them were unusual and tempting. I have heard that the quality of the sushi isn't as good as it was a few years ago. The chef left to open his own place. But I still want to try it for myself. Several of the starters also sounded great, like Tuna Nachos, Shrimp Ceviche Tacos, and Seared Ahi Tuna. Our server did tell us that the nachos are his favorite thing on the menu.

We were seated on the spacious patio/outdoor bar area, and it was very casual and almost tropical feeling. Inside, it was a little more formal and had a gorgeous fish tank behind the bar. I do have to note that our server was fantastic, and kept the crab legs coming for us. But I did overhear a manager instructing another server to "get them their check and get 'em out of here", and we were told that we only had our table for a limited window because of other reservations for crab night. They are certainly in the business of getting you in and out on Thursdays. Which I can see why, because they were packed by the time we left at 7:00. You should definitely call for a reservation. Free valet service is provided out front, which was appreciated because street parking can be difficult in downtown Willoughby.

So, there you have it folks. A fun night out cracking some crab. I suggest getting out there yourselves!

Lure Bistro and Sushi Bar
38040 Third Street
Willoughby, OH 44094


Allison M. said...

my friendsa always mention this place for sushi and love it.

Ker said...

I'm glad you had a good meal (aside from being rushed). I went to Lure for sushi about a month ago. I hadn't been there in years. I was quite disappointed in the food. The rolls fell apart, and tasted odd. My dinner companion and I left more than half our meals behind, and that has never happened with sushi!! Based on your recommendation, I'll have to give them a second shot - especially on crab night!

Save Lake Erie said...

Lure used to be THE place, but I'm talking about 10 years ago. My buddy Shane & I would go up for all you can eat sushi and crush it. He was an uber regular so the bartender let him keep a bottle of cachaca brought back form Brazil behind the bar for when we visited.

Out of curiosity, what would you all consider to be the top 3 sushi places around Cleveland are?