New Spin on an Old Favorite

. September 23, 2014.
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Charlie’s Restaurant

(newest location) 1631 Tollgate Maumee, OH

419-794-7870

(3 other locations around T-Town)

www.charliesoftoledo.com

Monday-Saturday: 7am-9pm (Central Ave. opens 6am)

Sunday: 7am-8pm

 

Have you ever had one of those “Ah-ha!” moments….. but it comes a few years late? You know the ones. When you kick yourself and say “I missed this for HOW long?” Those were my exact thoughts when I finally stepped into Charlie’s Restaurant and Taverna. I’m here to tell you about it so you don’t wait as long as I did to stop in with the family.

 

Local since 1972

I grew up in T-town, moved away for a bit, and returned almost 12 years ago; all the while driving past Charlie’s on Central and on Airport Highway hundreds of times. When I noticed another Charlie’s open this past May, my curiosity was piqued. What had I been waiting for?

 

One recent Friday night my boys and I meandered into the newest location in Maumee on Dussel near Perrysburg-Holland. There is also a fourth location in Perrysburg. Kyriakos Kyriakou, better known as “Charlie,” is a Greek immigrant who opened up Southwyck Coney Island restaurant in the early ‘70s after working several years in the Detroit area in his uncle’s restaurant. Charlie’s son George said his dad continued adding to the menu over the years to include Greek and Mediterranean food. And then he added, and added some more. The menu also offers many breakfast items that are available all day.

 

“I’ve grown up in the business,” said George Kyriakou. He went away to college and has been back ever since helping run the family business. They’re excited about the newest Charlie’s. According to Mr. Kyriakou, they wanted this location to have a bit more of an upscale, contemporary diner feel. The newest location is also the only one to offer a full bar and patio as well.  

 

Flavorful and affordable!

We walked in to find other families enjoying dinner, and the kids happily coloring with markers which are provided for the young guests. As I looked around, many customers ran into friends they knew.  And as our luck would have it, we too ran into a friend before leaving. She and her husband have been to all the Charlie’s locations and are regular customers. Now I know why.  

 

The entrée selections are quite numerous, very tasty, and so affordable.  I repeatedly looked at my boys during dinner and said, “WHY have we never stopped in before now?” You can imagine how they put the blame on me. I ordered the Greek Trio because I always want to try it all. For only $10.69 I enjoyed a small Greek salad, Mousaka, Spinakopita (Spinach pie) and Pastitsio (Greek lasagna).  The kids’ meals are very generous for $3.49-$4.69 with a drink included, and choice of fries, rice, or applesauce. Hot dogs, corn dogs, shrimp, chicken strips, Charlie Mac, etc. are just some of the options. My son’s cheeseburger was actually their regular size burger according to our pleasant waitress, Morgan.

 

I convinced my oldest son to try the Gyro with fries ($7.29) because I just had to sample that too. He reluctantly shared a couple bites with me. Yum. AND….with every adult purchase of $6.99 or more on Sunday and Monday evenings, you receive a free kids’ meal.

 

To give you an idea of their menu selections, they offer 10 pita wraps, full breakfast selections, 12 salads, 14 sandwich classics, six types of burgers, and of course their Greek and Mediterranean specialties. However, if you would rather have American staples such as hot roast beef, it’s only $7.19. Or maybe fish and chips for just $9.19.

 

The gourmet “dogs” and Charlie Mac that made them famous are on my list for next time. I very much so wanted to try the food that started it all in 1972, but the Greek entrees captured my attention that evening. You really must try the baklava for dessert as well. My Greek Trio was so filling I took half of it home and enjoyed an awesome lunch the next day.

 

After hearing about our eating adventure, my daughter (who had missed our visit to the restaurant) was anxious to visit Charlie’s.  I guess we will be stopping back in sooner than later. Most likely we’ll be there on a Sunday or Monday evening so a kid’s meal will be free! Maybe we’ll see you there!

 

Bottom Line: Family friendly and affordable, Charlie’s Restaurant now offers four locations for your convenience. It boasts a never ending menu that includes Charlie’s famous Coney Island dogs and Charlie Mac, American classics, and Greek and Mediterranean favorites.

 

The short course:

Kid-friendly: Yes

To avoid wait: Anytime

Noise level: Moderate

Bathroom amenities: No changing station

High chairs? Yes

Got milk? Yes, plus hot chocolate, lemonade, and assorted juices

Kids’ menu? Yes, and kids eat free Sunday/Monday with adult purchase of $6.99 and up

 

Karen Zickes is a mom of three active children and freelance writer who resides in Holland, OH. She can be reached in c/o editor@toledoparent.com.