A burger and a chuckle at Club Charlie's

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I love surprises when it comes to restaurants and I really got one over the weekend, along with a great, great laugh.

The place is called Club Charlie's and it's in the Third Ward at 320 E. Menomonee St.

I had a couple of hours to kill before a play, yet the reviews on Yelp seemed a little mixed. But I was willing to roll the dice for a burger and fries.

They offer lots of choices so I had a burger with Swiss and blue cheeses. I asked the server if I should have fries or the homemade chips. She said fries and added that the chips weren't that popular.

I appreciated the honesty.

Food came quickly and I wondered what the reviews were about. The burger was fresh and done medium rare, just like I wanted. The cheese was melted over the meat, not melted on the bun, which is one of the hallmarks of a great burger.

And the fries were as promised. Thin and crisp on the outside while tender and chewable on the inside.

What sewed it up for me was a sign inside Charlie's.

"If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and sex, you don't actually live longer, it just seems longer."

Maybe it's old, but it made me laugh. And a laugh with a good burger makes for an all-around great stop.


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