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If you've been to Wall Drug in Souh Dakota, you know the spirit of Lutes Casino in Yuma, Arizona. It's the state's oldest pool hall, but who wants to play pool when there is so much to eat and look at. Yes, that is an old cowboy boot plunging through the ceiling and a plane gliding overhead. Suspended from the ceiling are a full sized Signal Gas sign and a sign for Western Union. Wall art, ceiling art, and standing curiosities give the casino a weird-dream ambiance. Lutes describes the art as "early eclectic. If that is too fancy a term, just think "interesting junk."

Confusing and baffling eye candy is a great setting for live music pounding out of the piano and a happy-go-lucky Bob wandering around with badges proclaiming "I said 'no' to Bob. (I said "yes" but got a badge anyway, but no free beer.)

Lots of locals, lots of travelers, even a few kids smiling and bonding and proud to be "where the elite eat."

So what's to eat? Just like a kid, I can never decide if I want a hot dog or a hamburger. Lutes has solved this culinary confusion by offering a hot dog cheese burger with or without hot sauce. Add chili cheese fries, and you will know you have had a meal. Potato tacos have a cult following,, so order one for the table and pass it around.

Lutes is one of those fun places where you can take the kids. Men can feel safe from outlaws and pool cheaters because the men's room has a window configured so the user can keep his eye on the room. Ladies must take their chances, but in the spirit of the Old West, ladies are a protected species, especially if they say 'no' to Bob.

As a companion to your Wall Drug tee-shirt, or to start a collection, buy the Lutes tee shirt. People who know Lutes will be sure to stop and say "howdy" even if you are cruising the Greek islands.

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