Friday, November 01, 2013

FLX Restaurant Week: Charlie's Cafe

Located in the West End Historical District of Elmira,

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is a place to enjoy fine dining in a relaxing, casual atmosphere. Beautiful wood floors, patterned wallpaper and old-fashioned décor combined with excellent service and interesting spins on American classics make makes guests to Charlie's feel right at home.

Charlies 1The restaurant offers many areas for dining; a cozy bar area with booths, a formal dining room and small private dining rooms. It is a great place for special occasions of any party size.

Charlie’s is owned by Peter and Vicki Appelt. Peter, an Elmira native, is the mastermind behind the menus. He attended the Culinary Institute of America and went on to work as Head Chef and Owner of a restaurant in Florida before eventually coming back to his roots as Owner and Executive Chef of Charlie’s in 2008.

Participating in Finger Lakes Restaurant Week is a no-brainer for Peter and Vicki; they use local ingredients in their menus regularly and enjoy coming up with new menu items using what’s available each season. Charlie’s has offered lunch and dinner during each Restaurant Week that has taken place.

describe the imageThis year, their lunch and dinner menus are filled with fall goodies from eleven local farms. For lunch, options include a rich Acorn Squash soup and mouth-watering Maple Crème Brulee.  

For dinner, Charlie's will serve homemade Herb Ricotta cheese, served warm over local greens with ciabatta toast for the first course, followed by Smoked Pork Chops with a light maple brown butter sauce and acorn squash for the main. Grape Pie ala Mode graces the menu for dessert. This grape pie isn’t any old grape pie – it is served with a scoop of homemade mint ice cream.

While Charlie’s consistently serves up good food, Restaurant Week offers diners an opportunity to sample the kitchen’s newest culinary innovations.  

Menu | Call 607-733-0440 for reservations

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