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Dinner at Luka's Taproom

oakjoan | Jul 7, 2005 11:51 PM

Hub and I had a long, hard day at the office today and wanted a light dinner. We drove by Luka's to make sure they weren't too crowded. They weren't.

Parked down the block and walked along B'way while singular fellow across B'way shouted and sang to the passing cars. So we shouldn't forget we're in downtown Oaktown.

Luka's was bustling but not crowded. We got a table along the Grand Ave. wall and nobody moved in beside us so we had enough room. I'm always sort of irritated at the close-togetherness and smallness of the tables, but we got to put our bread plate on the next-door table.

Ordered the charcuterie plate and a house salad with greens, pickled onions and hard-boiled egg.

The charc plate had 2 good-size slabs of fabulous chicken-liver pate (we could have eaten about a pound of it each) we also had a duck pastrami "sandwich" with home-made sauerkraut. Plate came with a dollop each of whole grain mustard and a Louie dressing.

There were also toasts spread with pork rillettes. The plate had lots of frisee (with a bit of dressing) and some delicious stewed figs which went fabulously with the liver pate and the rillette.

We shared both plates,it was just enough, and I'm really glad we went. The whole meal (with iced tea) cost $23 with a good tip.

In addition to the good food, I really like this place because you rarely see African-Americans, anglos and Asians mingling freely and happily in a restaurant. It reminds me of why I like living in Oaktown.

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