Saturday, July 31, 2010
Dipping into The Lucky Ladle
Like salve on a wound, the soup worked wonders for my sanity and allowed me to carry on through days I didn't think would ever end. A big bowl of clam chowder or potato soup, occasionally accompanied by half a ham sandwich or a hunk of sourdough bread enabled a small taste of hearth and home, to which I desperately sought to return.
We strolled into the freshly painted restaurant a little after noon to find only one table filled and an overzealous server. Although she seemed new to the game, she was very polite, quickly showing us a table and taking our drink order. Dani and I both selected coffee and were surprised to receive large ceramic, bowl-like mugs that had me bouncing around the rest of the day.
While browsing the menu, I noticed a nice selection of simple sandwiches and breakfast items, but I was a little disappointed by only four soups to choose from. I suppose that four is two more soups than in your average restaurant, but this is the Lucky Ladle, right? Additionally, the list of soups was at the bottom of the menu when in my mind, they should be the feature. Perhaps they could offer four regular soups and two rotating special soups? Just a suggestion...
My sandwich was called the "Frenchie", grilled ham and swiss on a croissant topped with bechamel sauce. Again a very simple, but good sandwich that I thought went well with a bowl of their broccoli and cheese soup. A thick slice of multigrain bread served alongside proved to be an excellent dipping tool, lifting long strings of cheddar with every dunk.
Written by Kim Ranjbar