The "Lunch in Harvard Square" Blog - Restaurant Reviews

Since starting to work in the Square in mid-August, I'm trying to eat lunch at a new restaurant every day until I can't find any more. Here's my list of the Top Ten Lunch Restaurants in Harvard Square (Food Only). Got a suggestion on a new lunch spot for me? New Restaurants to Try in Harvard Square.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Charlie's Kitchen

25. 9-22 Charlie's Kitchen, Eliot Street. Summary - Very good "diner" food, fun setting, friendly but extremely slow service.

Charlie's Kitchen is a throw-back. Not only is there vinyl booth seating, mirrors everywhere, "classic rock" piping in thtrough speakers, TVs turned on in most corners, but just inside the kitchen there's a bell - the kind that has a wooden handle so you can call the kids in for dinner - dangling from a string that gets tugged by the chef when an order is ready. I bet that bell has been used for decades.

Everything was great about our experience except the slowness in the service. Maybe it was just us, but we watched many other tables receive their food despite the fact we ordered before they did. Our server, a lovely older woman, might have slipped up in communicating our order to the kitchen.

We had the normal diner fare, including burgers, a lobster roll sandwich, fries, etc. No complaints about the food.

About $7 per person.


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