Carlos and Charlies (( at flamingo ))
Okay.. so i guess this place has been opened for about a couple of months (?) or so. I've walked by it a few times... but, yesterday finally went in and ate. No, it wasnt necessarily a full meal... just something to carry me over til supper.
This was a thursday at about 3:30pm. As i approached the hostess stand i was quickly greeted with "welcome to the world famous Carlos' n Charlie's!". Hmm, i've never heard of the place until a few weeks back. Okay, so i was taken to a table inside (although outside seating was available) ... that way you could be plenty warm & watch folks walk through the Flaming-O gardens and such. Inside, about 3 tables were taken. Outside, about 80% of the tables were taken. Like i said, i like air conditioning... if it were 80 out, i'd sit out there.
The Flamingo website mentions: "JUST ANOTHER BAR AND GRILL"
The official C & C website mentions: "NOT JUST ANOTHER BAR AND GRILL".
By the time i left, i think the former makes the most sense. However, it is denoted that...
Carlos'n Charlie's is where you can go to get loose, get loud and get some potentially valuable photos of your friends doing the same thing. Sure, we have some amazing food and the best drinks in town. But let's face it - we're really all about fun. So if you can't have fun, you can't have dessert, and you don't want to miss what we can do with a can of whipped cream! Feel free at Carlos'n Charlie's.
My server greeted me & then excused himself while i was attempting to place my order. Turns out, the table adjacent had a patron drop their knife & he was quite eager to replace it (meanwhile i was saying -- "yes, i'd like to order the". No big deal. Okay, so i ordered the quesadilla with carne asada & a soft drink.
If you're wondering what the chips and salsa are like, i cannot give you an answer. They're not complimentary -- and, i wasnt going to spend $25 for a snack n coke. The 4th table soon became occupied (adjacent to mine) and the family was quite astonished that chips and salsa would be served for $5 / basket. Well, that's how it goes sometimes.
The decor of the place is simple... hardwood floors (well, maybe not genuine wood), but you get the idea. Pretty well lit... there's a bar & a few flat screen tv's throughout. The seating is:
tables/chairs: but, more pub style -- sort of 1/2 way between a RAISED PUB chair & a normal chair
booths: yep, booths
Soda and water arrived quickly. My food arrived only 10 minutes later. I looked outside several times and noticed the servers out on the deck were dancing with the patrons. It was a pretty lively scene out there... a good handful of college kids from what i saw!
Okay, the food... err, my quesadilla. This was basically a 12 inch flour tortilla that had grilled carne asada and some shredded cheese. Each of which were placed in there in a sparingly manner. Some bites you goe one or the other (or nothing at all)... i literally had one wedge that was almost empty. The carne asada was lean, but just not all that flavorful. I could have done much better at Taco Hell (oops, taco bell). It came with a shot glass size (shot glass i tell ya!) cup of sour cream + a shot glass of pico de gallo.
So... coke for $3... and appetizer for $13... and tip. Yeah, i guess it could have been worse. Maybe the food would have been better if i was drunk, lol. Doubtful i'll be going back.
You dont always get what you pay for... but you always pay for what you get.