An homage to Ford Fry’s childhood visits to the shuttered San Jacinto Inn, a longtime institution famous for over-the-top fried chicken and Gulf seafood dinners, La Lucha – “the fight” – references the Battle of San Jacinto and the somewhat rambunctious leanings of this indulgent neighborhood dinette.
A charming, low-lit complement to the festive Superica next door, La Lucha’s comfortable atmosphere is conceived as a neighborhood living room, meshing timeless and industrial with a few nods to the 70s.
Familiar faces from Fry’s River Oaks flagship, State of Grace, Matt Crawford and Bobby Matos will double down their leadership roles, also serving as La Lucha’s respective general manager/sommelier and executive chef. Guests will enjoy a decadent menu of Gulf oysters, seafood, made-to-order fried chicken, pharmacy-style burgers, and snacks served late into the night. The beverage program is being given equal attention with offerings that reveal a sense of adventure and escape in the way of bubbly wines, outstanding craft beers, stellar tequilas and mezcals and an array of signature cocktails.