Lucy’s North China Cuisine opens in FargoSome of the meals Lucy Penney cooks up in her new south Fargo restaurant are the same things she ate as a little girl in northern China.
By: Tracy Frank, INFORUM
Some of the meals Lucy Penney cooks up in her new south Fargo restaurant are the same things she ate as a little girl in northern China.
Penney, who moved to Fargo in 2000, has opened Lucy’s North China Cuisine at 3003 32nd Ave. S.
The restaurant features Penney’s family recipes.
One of the house specialties, Lucy’s Grandma Noodles, a recipe that came from her grandmother, has been a big hit, she said.
“A lot of people like my food,” she said.
The food served at Lucy’s is different from many Chinese restaurants, Penney said. It’s northern Chinese cuisine with Korean influences, since Penney grew up close to the Korean border.
Penney, the primary cook, focuses on offering fresh, healthy home-cooked meals. There is no buffet.
She does not use MSG and does not cook with too much salt or sugar, Penney said. She also cooks the vegetables so they are slightly crispy and not mushy, she said.
Lucy’s offers dine-in and take-out. Plans are to offer delivery soon, Penney said.
She learned to cook with her grandmother when she was 10 years old. The Grandma Noodles were among the first recipes she learned, she said.
“One of our ideas is to slowly introduce different food that she grew up with,” said Steven Penney, Lucy Penney’s husband.
Additional menu items include pork dumplings, pork and vegetable-filled flatbread, teriyaki skewers, and Lucy’s Cool Noodles, a sweet and sour, spicy soup served cool.
“When I tried it, I was surprised,” Steven Penney said. “I didn’t know what to expect. It was very good.”
Lucy’s opened Aug. 9 in a location that was once Saffron restaurant and most recently Drunken Noodle.
David Scheer, co-owner of Drunken Noodle, which also has a downtown Fargo location, said closing the south Fargo location was simply a business decision because the Penneys approached him about buying the restaurant.
“It was about two to two and a half years’ profit,” Scheer said.
Scheer and his son-in-law, Thamrong “Keng” Dechawuth, also own LeeLa Thai and Wasabi Sushi Bar in Fargo and Thai Orchid in Moorhead.
Employees of the Drunken Noodle’s south Fargo location were absorbed by the other restaurants, Scheer said.
Lucy’s North China Cuisine
- Ownership: Lucy Penney
- Where: 3003 32nd Ave. S., Fargo
- Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday
- Contact: (701) 356-5100
Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526