Wednesday, June 4, 2008

For Lunch Today...

Across from the Hotel Inter-Continental on St. Chuck is a delightful brasserie known as Luke, with an umlaut. Had lunch there yesterday, it is a very busy, lively spot. Start with the pied de cochon. Succulent pig rolled in breadcrumbs and then fried, with a slightly tangy sauce Gribiche. Thats 3 of the 4 food groups right there, on one plate. Then try either the daily special or one of the amazing entrees. Yesterday I had the Chicken Paillard. While the chicken was a little dry (pounding it so thin makes it hard to not overcook), what amazed me most was the tomatoes. Fresh creole tomatoes had been blanched and the skins removed before being segmented and tossed with the arugula. That is attention to detail. Really good salads as well, the oyster, bacon, and avocado salad delivers oysters the size of wiffle balls.

I think one of the most endearing things about Luke is that it is good in a very workmanlike manner. Solid food, good prices, in a convenient setting; a winner in my book.

A full review from Peter is forthcoming.

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