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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Charley's Grill and Spirits

"I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally"
W.C. Fields

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again. Then quit. No use being a ___ fool about it."
W.C. Fields

WC Fields, (William Claude Dukenfield) who died at the age of 66 in 1946, was a notable American comedian and well known vaudeville comedian and juggler and he is the celebrity immortalized at Charley's Grill and Spirits. Pictures of W.C. ( and other celebrities) grace the walls, and his "humorous," although often misanthropic, quotes are displayed at every table throughout the dining area.

I am not sure why WC Fields is honorated here, but it's fun to see all the old photos on the wall. WC was a bit of a drinker in his later life and his quotes reflect that, as also his attitude about life.

At the recommendation of a friend, who told us that this place had an incredible Caesar Salad, Geo and I set out for Charley's which is located near the courthouse on Monroe and Broadway. We figured they were probably closed, being more of a lunch spot for jurors, lawyers and other busy business people in the downtown area, moreso than an an evening restaurant; but we were wrong. They were open. Besides being a lunch hut for professionals and hungry jurors, Charley's is a steak house and a catering company.

The food selection was great, especially if you like steaks, sandwiches and salads. The waitress was welcoming and very friendly, as were the people in the booth next to us. They were locals who visited Charley's from time to time and told us the steaks were really good. We didn't opt for the steaks ourselves, but the food was great.

We orders hot wing appetizers, which were nice. Geo had the chef salad & clam chowder and I had a salmon fillet on a ciabatta bread, which is a sort of soft Italian flatbread, and clam chowder too. I think the people of Spokane must really like clam chowder, either that or is is a soup many chefs like to make, especially on Fridays.

The food was not only great, but it was served looking very pretty and appetizing. The salad even came with a lovely garnish of fresh grapes.

"I love to cook with wine, sometimes I even add food."
W.C. Fields

""The world is getting to be such a dangerous place, a man is lucky to get out of it alive."
W.C. Fields

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