Sometimes there's no need to change what has worked forever. In most instances, family dining restaurants are not going to transform the culinary landscape.
Charlie's Family Restaurant is about as straight forward as you can get. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, the menu is typical diner/Coney Island fare.
Breakfast options are plentiful with omelettes, waffles, pancakes and even crepes gracing the menu. Charlie's Skillet has bacon, sausage, ham, onions, green pepper, mushrooms and tomatoes piled on potatoes covered in cheese and topped with three eggs. Not for tiny appetites but perfect for a hungry dude, at $7.59 it's a great deal for all of that food.
Not in the mood for breakfast? Charlie's has an expansive selection of coneys, burgers, sandwiches, Mexican, Greek, Italian and other dishes. The spicy burger is a 10 oz. patty smothered in pickled jalapenos and American cheese, finished with two crispy onion rings and served on a ciabatta roll. Sure, it's not the most daring burger in the world, but the salty heat of the jalapenos should wake up anyone's tastebuds.
As with any new restaurant, the interior is spotless, but not so clean that diners should feel uncomfortable. In fact, the friendly waitstaff makes sure you feel at home upon entering.
Charlie's is a welcome addition to St. Clair Shores. A place where families can go and even the most picky eater can find something to enjoy. Even though the menu has been done before, sometimes a change of scenery is all you need for something old to feel like something new.
Charlie's Family Restaurant is located at 22513 Harper. Phone: