Although not very inviting from the outside, the Char House is well worth a try. My wife and I arrived at about 5:15 pm on a Saturday and had no trouble being seated in either the dining room or the pub area. There were also several seats available at their bar,
Our server was very nice, even though she may have been a bit inexperienced. She promptly took our order for a bottle of wine which she retrieved quickly. Clearly this is not a "fine dining" establishment as the wine had been uncorked at the bar, presented to us with the cork partially reinserted and with no offer to pour or for us to taste. If we had been in a fancy restaurant, this would have been a deal breaker but since we were not expecting a big city haute cuisine experience, it felt perfectly fine. Glasses of ice water followed as did a basket of crackers, rolls and two delicious cheese spreads. Not far behind was a complimentary "relish tray" which included coleslaw, liver pate and some small shrimp with cocktail sauce. We very much enjoyed these treats.
My wife had the cob salad which was enormous and full of tomatoes, black olives, egg, grilled chicken, bacon and blue cheese on a bed of ice berg lettuce. There was nothing stingy about the topping quantities! All this cost only $8.99. Just try doing that at Culvers!
I had the queen cut of prime rib which was served at a perfect medium rare just as I had ordered. It was very large and delicious (as good as any I've had at twice the $22.99 price. I also had a side of great hash browns with cheddar cheese added (+50¢ extra). My meal was served with a choice of salad or soup. I chose the seafood chowder, a salmon pink colored creamy combination of lots of seafood and other vegetables (but surprisingly not any potatoes, which is often the typical filler). It was excellent.
With no room for dessert, the waitress presented our check. <$56 for the entire evening including a bottle of wine!? Are you kidding? If I lived closer we'd be eating at the Char House at least every week. Parking is on the street so be prepared for a healthy walk. I'd suggest anything within a couple of miles would be worth it for what you'll get. :)
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