Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lucky's Restaurant on Cherry Street

Luck has nothing to do with the impeccably crafted menu at Lucky’s on Cherry. Tucked into a small section of a ‘mini strip’ if you will, they hide behind a simple exterior and surprise you immensely upon entering. Sunshine radiates during the lunch hour and warm candlelight bathes the dinner crowd. Rich hues and tasteful touches add a creative and decadent ambience. Try the food and you melt into the complex symphony of fresh, crisp, delicacy. And I must add of course that their gluten conscious menu is no exception.

We took our g-free neighbors to STOMP the other night (quite entertaining) and let them choose the place for dinner. After listing six or so to her she decided on Lucky’s, a spot she had yet to try in town. Upon mentioning they had a gluten free menu it made this cherry street gem sparkle even more.

We sat down and immediately informed our waitress that the three of us would be dining gluten free that evening. Menus were dispersed, drinks ordered, and our tummies began to grumble just in time for the rich complimentary hummus to arrive. Usually served with pita, the dish was accompanied instead with a plate stacked highly with crisp crudités. There is something so charming about vegetables that look like they were just plucked from the garden and served straight to you. Note the cute little carrot tails.

the pictures are dark due to lighting sorry folks!

 I chose the Trimabach Riesling Chicken ($22.00). I am one of the "exceptions" to the food world that doesn’t cower when wanting to order the chicken. My husband insists that “chicken is chicken” and is mostly dry when ordered at a restaurant. Maybe I have more faith in our local chefs, and after trying this dish I more than delighted to say that it didn’t disappoint. It was served in an earthy lemongrass broth on top of jasmine rice, green beans, and enoki mushrooms. The chicken was bursting with moist and tender flavor, the accompaniments pairing perfectly in texture and flavor. Take that chicken doubters.
My neighbor Myrsini opted for the same dish while her husband delighted in his choice of the salmon.

Everyone’s (well the g-free diners that is) overall consensus? A must try for an upscale night out, stylish lunch hour, or spectacular brunch. They also offer a wonderful vegetarian menu! This place caters to all palettes.

Lucky's Restaurant
Monday - Thursday 11am to 10pm
Friday from 11am to 11pm
Saturday 5pm to 11pm
Sunday from 11am to 3pm

They are located at:
1536 East 15th Street Tulsa, OK 74120
(918) 592-5825

Visit their website for additional information

Friday, March 2, 2012

40 days & 40 nights

Remember in highschool/college you gave up something for lent that inevitably aided in your mission to lose weight? You had this amazing perception of 40 days of diet bliss where you would emerge on Easter and look glowing and thin? I had my spiritual goals I made for Church and then my “giving up” something goals I wrote down at the Catholic school I attended. No fried food, no refined sugar, etc.

Maybe I should have focused on a less “shallow goal” if you will but hey, I looked at serving two purposes and all leading to a healthier enlightened life right? Right?

Anyhoo, this year I was deciding on what I was going to give up for lent. After much deliberation, I decided that I was going to give up “raising my voice”. I don’t do it often, but when I do it is unbecoming. I never wanted to be the person that yelled when I was frustrated or didn’t get my way. Maybe with another year under my belt I am growing wiser. Maybe.

But I gave up fried food too. What can I say, old habits die hard.

That said I bring you a delicious recipe. You knew that was coming right? If I am going to be perceived as shallow a pursuer of 40 day health, I might as well give you a finger lickin’ UNfried recipe out of it to redeem myself. One of the hardest things for me to turn down is French fries so I knew that had to be one of my “Lenten revamp recipes.” Oh I do adore a good French fry…and 40 days without one? Get OUT of here!

Garlic & Rosemary Baked French Fries
Baked to crispy crunch with seasoning that melts over your tongue, these un-fried fries definitely compete with it’s deep fryer counter part.

  • 2 large russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbs dry rosemary
  • 1 tbs Kosher salt
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Preheat your oven to 450˚F. Cut your potatoes length wise about a quarter inch thick. Place in a large mixing bowl, lightly drizzle olive over them then toss to coat.

Add garlic, rosemary, and salt. Toss again to coat.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes. Flip at this point and bake for another 20 minutes.
Let cool for about 5 minutes then enjoy!
Warning, do NOT get so excited and try to eat them right off the pan as burned finger tips will ensue.

**Sorry there weren't pictures of the fries. They went fast. And there may be band-aids on my fingertips.