Lucy Blue is probably the Cincy pizza I have eaten the most of that I have not yet reviewed on this blog. They are definitely best known as a late night option, and the dated Lucy Blue website highlights that they were voted “Best Late-Night Dining” on AOL. The original Lucy Blue opened at 12th and Walnut in OTR in 2002. Currently, Lucy Blue has four locations, all close to bar districts: Over-the-Rhine, 7th Street downtown next to the Lodge Bar, Mt. Lookout by MLTs, and Covington Mainstrasse. I’ve stopped by every location over the years, so this is a composite review from my experiences.
First, I'll say tht there is some art in late night restauranting. Late at night, you have to put up with belligerent drunks to a degree, but not let them ruin your meal. I would give Lucy Blue credit for facilitating their late night clientele much better than… say the old Balboa’s. You might be soured on late night pizza from the half-hour line and not particularly clean atmosphere at Balboa’s on Vine. Don’t be - Lucy Blue is much quicker and better looking inside. Also, they have a sort-of mass production system going and have decent pizza by the slice quickly available. Late night you can get a slice for $2.50 or a whole pepperoni pizza for $15.00.
Here's a pepperoni and sausage pizza (we took extreme advantage of the parmesan and crushed red pepper):
...and pepperoni only. Note the fold-ability:
Here’s a slightly blurry undercarriage shot:
Lucy Blue also has a lunch buffet during the day at their 7th Street location for $7.50 (or just $6.50, if you’re willing to huff it up to the 12th street location). I only went once, but I wasn’t impressed by this buffet. The pizza I had there came out mouth burning hot and was quite doughy. Also, with only one or two pizzas on the counter at a time, they regularly ran out (Whereas Snappy Tomato’s downtown lunch buffet has 10 pies available at any time). Other people I’ve talked to have had a similar experience in their visits. …FYI – if you’re looking for the best lunch pizza buffet in the city, that would be at Mac’s Pizza Pub on Friday.
Anyways - My final judgment is that Lucy Blue’s is usually above average pizza. However, sometime around 2 a.m. it becomes very good pizza.