My history with the Charco Broiler (CB) goes back to 1973. After I moved away, I have always stopped there for a quick meal or drink when traveling through town on business or pleasure because it is a one of-a-kind premium establishment. I'd like to tell you about a drink we used to enjoy there and have never been able to find another lounge that knows what it is (Unless we tell them) I've also never heard it referred to by any other name so I'm thinking that perhaps the CB invented it. They called it a "Schlitz Twist". It's really a simple recipie but oh, so refreshing. (If you don't have the Schlitz Brand, you could substitute any Malt Liquor but stay away from regular beer. Regular beer is too weak and the ice in the glass will quickly weaken the taste and the effect. ) Pour Schlitz Malt Liquor over crushed ice in a rocks glass (regular cubes will work, but not as well - the crushed ice forces one to sip the drink slower and allows the aroma to sift up into the nostrils.) Add a lemon twist to the glass (lemon peel twist is much better than a lemon wedge because you get the zest and not the juice.) Even though it is a nice refresher for cooling down in the summer, we used to drink it year round. If you're in the neighborhood, stop in the the CB and then you'll easily know how to make them at home.
This was the first time we have visited Charco Broiler. We really enjoyed it! Both of us got the New York strip. They have this really delicious sear they do on the steak, and it gives it a wonderful flavor. My wife had the House Margarita and she said it was strong and delicious. I highly recommend the Chocolate Cream Coffee as a dessert drink, too. Our waitress was awesome, and the manager was really nice, as well. She came around to check on us and made sure our drinks stayed topped off. As the kids say these days, 10 out of 10 we would go back. In fact, we probably will go there for breakfast tomorrow. Did I mention they have a full breakfast menu? Well, they do. You should check them out if you're ever in Fort Collins.
Old steakhouse vibe. Classic lettuce wedges, thick cuts, surf and turf options prepared to perfection. If you want a traditional, classic steakhouse, this is the place. Where the local cowboys go. If you want modern or new age, look elsewhere. Also a classic, quiet bar in the back. Burger options, sandwiches, chicken and fish for all appetites.
Average food, friendly staff
We haven't gone here for a long time. We were at the east end of town and wanted to eat breakfast but all the regular spots were packed. Noticed the sign at CB said "breakfast" so we gave it a try. I had spicy potatoes, scrambled eggs, awesome bacon, it was twice as long as regular bacon, and if you dip it in syrup...wow! My wife had eggs benedict. Everything was super. Rosie was our server and did a great job. It was a hot day, but it was cool and darker inside. They were playing 60's music in the background at a low volume. They have very good acoustics, so it wasn't noisy. We will be back for sure.
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