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Drive. There is a good-sized bar frequented by sports fans and a couple of different dining areas. The photo above is a bit dated, nevertheless, it's still representative of the kind of decor at the restaurant - prosaic.
What I ate:
(I took photos with my cellphone this time around. My apologies for the poor quality.)
1. Golden Road Point the Way IPA. IPA is one of my favorite styles of beer and Golden Road Brewery's version made a huge impression on me. Charlie's Trio had Point the Way on tap! It was dark amber in color, it poured with a good amount of robust head, and it was very fruity with a smooth finish. I LOVED this beer! I could've emptied two more pints easily. I gotta figure out how to get more! (Golden Road is a new craft brewery in Atwater Village. Visit their website)
2. Nana's Braised Short Rib (15 USD): A saporous short rib braised in Chianti and served with bucatini tossed in a tomato sauce. (Yes, these are the leftovers. I was so tired and hungry, I totally forgot to take a photo at the time of service!) This entree was short on delivering the goods. The tomato sauce could have been more flavorful and I expected to see more beef on the plate - it was smaller than a child's alphabet block. There wasn't much of anything else on the plate, either. In the end, I didn't think this dish was worth the price charged.
Service was friendly, efficient, and unobtrusive. I think my cousin "H" is a regular: our server immediately recognized him.
"H" ordered the Seafood Diavolo (16 USD). I tried some and liked it.
One thing I liked: I was very comfortable at Charlie's. Candlelight and a quiet atmosphere enabled me to unwind without hindrance.
Thanks, "S", for coming out and providing good company! Happy birthday, too! I'm so glad you and my cousin found each other!
"H", you are super cool!
Why do I still get carded?!? It pisses me off now :( Don't they notice my patches of white hair!
Parking: There is a small parking lot behind the restaurant (enter from Kendall Avenue) that, in my experience, has usually been full. Miraculously, I always seem to get the last available space. Street parking is the alternative.
The Bill: I'm guessing it was around 60 USD for three pints of beer and two entrees (kinda pricey for what you get). Thanks for dinner, "H".
My Rating: out of four stars (satisfactory to good). Although I am less than favorably impressed with the food at Charlie's Trio, I always have a good time there. Open Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 10 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 AM to 10 PM. Happy Hour during the weekdays, 4 PM to 7 PM. Credit cards accepted. www.charliestrio.com
Last Word: "H": Next time, I hope we can get a table at that Alondra Hot Wings we tried to eat at :b Boy, was it packed!
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