Driving south from Port Angeles to Portland, at dinner time we used our smartphone to hunt for a good seafood restaurant as we drove by Shelton, WA. The Strip Steak House came up, and it was easy to find. What a great bit of good fortune. At 7:30 on a Wednesday night the place was packed with happy, buzzing customers, and we got the tiny table closest to the bathroom. No problem. Our waitperson, an absolutely charming young woman named "Charlie" (short for Charlene) gave stellar service in spite of the fact that she seemed to be covering the entire room of at least a dozen table with the occasional help of just one gentleman, perhaps the owner. We had a steak and a fish and chips, which came with the standard choices of salads, soups, fries, baked potatoes, etc. Everything was delicious, cooked to perfection, obviously made with fresh ingredients, and done with pride. Salad was exceptional; and I was also able to get the more pricey sweet potato fries substituted for the standard fries or baked potato choices, no questions asked. We regretted being too full for dessert. Surely it would have been a treat.
The thing that sealed the deal, however, was what happened later. I forgot my sunglasses on the table and called from Portland the next day. Charlie, the server, remembered us, said she'd run out to try to catch us to give me my glasses, but we were gone. Cheerfully and competently she took my address and sent the glasses to me. I received them in good condition within a few days. I felt like an old, cared-about friend.
Oh. Don't let me forget to mention the wonderfully whimsical oil painting in the bathroom. I liked it so much I took a quick photo, which I might as well post here too. By a local artist whose name unfortunately I didn't get. The atmosphere at The Strip Steak House on the Wednesday evening we out-of-towners were there was kind of like this painting (without the cat, though): happy, friendly, local folks enjoying each other and the excellent food and drink that the establishment clearly loves providing with great pride.
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