Wednesday, January 02, 2008

A Culinary Highlight of 2007 - Dinner at Dukes

In the spring of the now newly over, 2007, I blogged about how excited we were to win tickets to the Laguna Playhouse through Cox Media, to a wonderful production of "The Master of the House." Apparently, we were destined to win yet another exciting evening out in the O.C., when we received a letter last summer announcing that we had won dinner for 2 at Duke's restaurant. We chose the occasion of our 5th wedding anniversary to celebrate, and we had a terrific meal at a scenic table providing us with a panoramic view of the sunset. The service was excellent, and I enjoyed a well prepared steak that was succulent and not overly seasoned, as is often the case. I also enjoyed a delicious nonalcoholic strawberry marguarita (see photo!) which was much to my surprise, not too sweet, and reminded me of the Caribbean. The photo on the left is from Dana Point Harbor at sunset, which we caught on the way.

Dukes is named after Duke Kahanamoku, the originator of modern day surfing, who dominated the first national surfing contest in Huntington Beach in 1965. An honorary statue of Duke is just across the street from the restaurant. I highly recommend Dukes to anyone wanting delicious food in a great beach setting, with a touch of history thrown in. It's enough to make one discover their inner surfer within. Maybe next year at this time I'll be ready to catch a wave...or sooner?

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