Wednesday, January 15, 2014

JAN 15, 2014 - Table for One....then two :)

*Song of the Day: Neil Young - Harvest Moon

                After an incredibly stressful morning, I headed straight to my favorite place, the Strip.  I wandered for about an hour, then found myself hungry and ready for lunch.
                 I knew exactly where I was going to eat, LUKE WHOLE'Y WILD ALASKAN GRILLE.   I'd been referred there from a very reliable source, was starving and ready for a new dining experience.  I never mind going to lunch or a movie by myself, even as a teenager; so asking for a table for one was easy.  Steve, my server, sat me exactly where I would have picked myself if I had the choice.  The table was in the corner, off to the side, and beside the window.  While waiting for my water, I took some shots of the beautiful scenery inside and out.

       First off, there is a huge octopus painted on the far wall, automatic WINNER.  If you didn't know, octopi are my favorite things in life.  They not only are stunningly beautiful while they graciously move, but are also highly intelligent and strong.

         The view out of the huge garage inspired windows is as charming as the view inside them.  Brick, various metals, a large fish tank, and popping colors catch and hold my eye's attention.

         Then the menu comes... and the hard part begins.  What do I choose?!  I literally wanted one of everything on the menu, from Luke's Lobster Rolls, to the Hand Breaded Shrimp Poppers.  After going back and forth, I finally decided on the mouth watering enticing- Colossal Crab Stuffed Shrimp.  When I saw them, I thought to myself, "Oh yea, so thankful I came here."  They looked and smelled like heaven, then I took a bite, and another and another.  Before I knew it....

        .... my plate consisted of only 3 tails, and a lemon wedge. The meal was marvelous, and I felt almost depressed that I had ravished it so quickly.  I debated perhaps ordering another round, but knew I'd be there till nightfall if I did.  For future reference and advice, make this a DOUBLE order!

          I  was just about to leave when I was pleasantly surprised by seeing Mr. Robert, the owner's father.  He came over, sat and joined me.  We had a lovely conversation about life, and how much luck can influence one's for good and bad.  He stood up as I had to leave the table for a moment, and it was the first time a man ever did that for me.  I've only ever saw it done in movies, so it was kind of wonderful to have witnessed, and know chivalry is not dead. We shared a delicious piece of carrot cake for dessert, and finished with warm smiles as he left for his next appointment.  While there, I also had the great opportunity to meet his son, Luke, and manager Jason

               Luke was exactly as his "About " section described.  He was sweet, kind, and conversed so gregariously it felt as if we had been friends for years.  I stayed, finished my coffee, and thought how grateful I was that I decided to go there for lunch.

            To anyone who visits the Strip District, I HIGHLY recommend LUKE WHOLE'Y WILD ALASKAN GRILLE  ; not only for the amazing food, service and ambiance; but especially for the heart, soul, and character Luke possesses himself.  Thank you both for making my day FANTASTIC.