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The Weekend: Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille

We had a good weekend!  Friday night Aaron, Sam and I got sandwiches and chips and took them to South Park and had a little picnic on a playground.  It was fun and Sam loved it. 

Saturday morning Sam and I took a walk around the neighborhood which almost always ends in us being kind of far away from our house and Sam not wanting to walk anymore.  So I end up lugging 30lb Sam and my 30 weeks pregnant self up the hill to our house.

While we were walking, Aaron worked on putting two more new windows in our house.  Woo!  All three front windows are in now.

When Sam woke up from his nap, we went to look at another potential investment property in Troy Hill.  It had the strangest layout I’ve ever seen and we’ve seen some pretty weird houses.  This one was clean though!  Normally we check out foreclosures that are practically falling apart.  [Update: Aaron and his real estate partner submitted an offer on the house!]

Saturday afternoon, we met Aaron’s parents and his brother and our sister-in-law at Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille in the Strip District for dinner.  The restaurant is pretty new and we had never even heard of it.  The address is 2106 Penn Avenue.

We had a little private balcony area above the main restaurant which was great for Sam because he was able to move around without disrupting anyone else and was confined to one area.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect about this restaurant but it ended up not being very good.  I think the restaurant has a bit of an identity crisis.  They have sports playing on big TV’s but the meals are $20-30.  The tables were some kind of repurposed wood which was cool but they were uncomfortably high.  They did not offer a high chair or booster seat for Sam and we had to go and ask for one.  The table was also really wide and the restaurant is really loud so we really couldn’t talk to everyone at the table and there were only six of us.

Our server was not good.  She seemed frazzled and rushed and would disappear for long periods of time.  She brought out our appetizers at weird intervals.  Another employee brought out our main courses, again not all at the same time and the guy actually asked me if I ordered anything!  They also came into our private area to roll out a giant table while we were there then rolled it back in!

We had to ask twice for a box to package our food and then the server forgot to split our checks and said it was because of some other table being a big hassle.

Unfortunately, since we had a party of 6, they automatically included 18% gratuity to our bill so our server really had no incentive to provide good service.  I think I understand the reasoning behind automatically adding gratuity for larger parties but I don’t totally agree with it.  I’ve never been a server at a restaurant though.

This is turning into a pretty harsh review!   The food wasn’t bad!

Aaron had the Fish and Chips Platter ($22) and really liked it.  It was a large portion and he thought the food and sauces that came with it were great.

I had the Colossal Blue Crab Salad ($19) and it was okay.  I thought it should have been served with bread or some additional toppings on the salad.  Also, the price is different on the website. Sam had grilled cheese and fries from the kid’s menu ($5).  The grilled cheese was on garlic bread and was great but unfortunately Sam wasn’t into it.

Aaron’s mom and our sister-in-law had the Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Stuffed Sockeye Salmon ($24).  They liked it but thought the portion was small.

It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was not full so I’m not sure how well it will do.  We heard that they are planning to eliminate some of the staff and hire new so maybe that will help.  Bad service is such a let down when you’re paying to eat at a restaurant.  I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this restaurant but maybe it will get better with time!

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2 thoughts on “The Weekend: Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille

  1. Incredibly harsh review considering the circumstances of your visit. I only hope that the staff at Lukes corrects their mistakes and that you could give the experience another chance. It’s the best seafood in the city.

    • Thank you for the comment. It was a truthful review and I took time to think about what I was writing after dining. I’m not sure what you mean by the circumstance of my visit though.

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