We finally got around to checking out brunch at Bar Charley after getting the recommendation from a friend. The bottomless deal is great: $23.95 for an entree and bottomless drinks. I like bottomless deals where they bundle limited food with bottomless drinks because it usually works out as a pretty good deal and makes ordering easy. Only downside here is you can’t make a reservation or call ahead, which I personally think is obnoxious, but I know it’s the case at a lot of good places. We waited probably about 20 mins in the bar area, which was pleasant enough, although if you order a drink while waiting there, note that it does not transfer to your table / get included in the deal.
Drinks include Mimosas, Marys, Bloody Beers (did not try this…), AND COFFEE (Zeke’s). We had another event to attend after brunch, so this coffee was crucial. Our server was on top of the mimosa refills, and the Bloody Mary was really good, although the garnish was only a green bean. I’m just one of those people who likes a salad perched atop my Bloody Mary, that’s all. Usually I’m the slower drinker, but I downed mine before anyone else.
We ordered cinnamon rolls to start, but they came out with the meal, which wasn’t the end of the world but not preferred. They were warm and gooey though, so it was ok.
I opted for the quiche as when there is quiche I eat the quiche, and I thought it was great. Flakey crust, and soft and cheesy. I also chose this because it sounded like one of the lighter options as we did have another eating engagement after this one and I wanted to pace myself. Otherwise I would have wanted more…and maybe ordered some biscuits.
Sydney went for the pork belly, which Jarrett wanted as well but I insisted he get something different so we could try more items for this post. (Sorry, Jarrett!) Ordering this entree also adds $5 (as does ordering the chicken and waffles). The dish looked pretty and while the eggs and fries were good, the pork belly–and featured component of the dish–was a little off. The outside wasn’t crispy. A perfect pork belly should be more like a thick cut of bacon–crispy outside.
Jarrett ended up happy with his burger. It was large and paired with an adorable mini deep fry basket. Alas, it was just a burger… solid choice and hard to mess up.
While there were a few hiccups, we enjoyed Charley enough to recommend it. It’s a great deal and a super cute atmosphere. Maybe we’re just getting old, but the included coffee was the touch that pushed us over the edge into the thumbs up.
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