What a pleasant find this was – and thanks to the loyalists who kept telling me to check it out. I really do pay attention to the tweets and Facebook mentions telling me to go. You know what I mean.
It’s a gimmicky place by my standards, looking like an explosion in Jimmy Buffet’s basement. And there’s gimmicky nonsense on the menu – French fries splashed with jalapeno or gyro burgers. But the margaritas are excellent and the burgers are well above average.
The friendly night manager boasted: “It’s the same burger as Rouge. There you’ll pay $17, here it’s just $11.”
Step into Charlie’s and you’re stepping back in time – 1935 to be exact, when Charlie’s opened and probably last decorated. The prices are a throwback as well. It’s tough to spend more than ten bucks here.
I loved this place when I sampled burgers nine years ago, and I still love it today. First off, Standard Tap is perhaps the best venue for local beers, with at least a dozen on tap at all times. Second, it’s a real bar – not a frou-frou trendy place, not a gimmicky themed faux bar.