Washington Post: “At Lucky Danger, two talented chefs just want to have fun with their American Chinese food”
Monday March 22, 2021
Washington Post: “At Lucky Danger, two talented chefs just want to have fun with their American Chinese food,” March 19, 2021
From the article:
Carryout from Lucky Danger, the American Chinese takeout that opened in November in Mount Vernon Triangle, elicits a grin as you unpack it. The sturdy round compostable containers and white rectangular cartons are so attractive, there’s no need to transfer their contents to serving dishes. Just as sweet, the packages come with labels identifying what’s inside (“these are oranges” describes some citrus wedges) and a tiny cartoon figure. A restaurant with a sense of humor! Even the thick napkins show flair.
Chef Tim Ma made three requests of the branding firm he enlisted to shape his pop-up, which operates out of Prather’s on the Alley. “Timelessness was important,” he says. The menu also had to be fun. “Privately,” says Ma, “I’m a goofy person.” Hence his call for a mascot. The eventual menu, retro in red and white, asks customers to play safe — “No Mask. No Honor. No Service” — and reveals the character of Lucky Danger. The mascot turns out to be 10 or so little chefs in animal costumes — Dragon Boy, Shark Boy, Lion Boy, etc. — some of whom customers get to know from a sheet of stickers in each bag.