Spotlight on Charlow’s Grill

| August 10, 2016
Jeanie Summerville

Jeanie Summerville

By Jeanie Summerville

What’s up, babies?

It pleases me to bring to you this week’s spotlight because it’s about a soul food and more restaurant and, I love eating good soul food.  One of the best things about having a another soul food and more restaurant is that, it gives us the opportunity to check them out and maybe it’ll spark some interest to our taste buds and we’ll return.  I just recently heard about this particular one when a friend asked me if I’d ever eaten there—because their food really taste good and they know what they’re doing in the kitchen and I responded, no.

So afterward, I took it upon myself to call around to ask others, if they heard of Charlow’s Grill and have they eaten there.  Some said, no while others said yes and that, it’s delicious.  Knowing this, I had to call them, meet them, interview the owner and taste some of their food, so I could bring them to you and that’s exactly what happened.  So at this time all we’d like for you to do is just sit back, relax and gaze upon the beauty of the food on this page which I ate after the interview and enjoy:

Charles Washington

Charles Washington

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is Charles Washington, I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated from Snider High School class of 1984.  I’m the owner of Charlow’s Grill that located at 3103 Oxford St., across from McMillen Park and you can dine in or carry out.  Our phone number is (260) 745-8313 and we’re open Tuesday through Thursday, 12 noon to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12 noon to 10 p.m., and we’re closed on Sundays and Mondays, but we’re thinking about opening on Sunday’s again because a lot of people are asking for it.

“Charlow’s Grill will be celebrating its first year anniversary next month and our motto is, come on in we’ll satisfy you and if you think it’s not satisfactory, we’ll make it right for you.

“Our menu consist of catfish, whiting, perch and tilapia dinners which are served with two sides or you can get a sandwich, jumbo shrimp dinner or jumbo shrimp with fries.  We also have chicken wing and hot wing dinners with two sides or just wings.  We have sandwiches, grilled Philly steak and cheese, grilled cheese, BBQ beef, jumbo Polish sausage, C.C. grilled club.  And, we have delightful side orders such as greens, mac and cheese, fried okra, potato salad and more.  Plus ham or chicken salads, Charlow sausage roll, drinks, soft serve ice cream desserts and peach cobbler, sweet potato pie and pound cake.        

“Compared to the other restaurants in the city, we do things differently because we’ve got our own special unique taste and a lot of people have picked up on that and they especially love the catfish. I don’t think, anyone else does it like we do in town. It’s unique and a lot of people come back for that.  There are also little tricks that we do that I learned from my late Aunt Ordell when I had a restaurant 15 years ago on Pontiac Street, named Ordell’s Kitchen and we did fairly well. I did that for awhile then I got out of the business and I decided if the chance came along to do it again, I would and so I’m doing it.  I didn’t attend any elaborate culinary classes to learn how to cook because I didn’t have to—my late Aunt Ordell taught me how to cook and I learned a lot from her that’s why I name my first restaurant after her.

“My greatest joy here, has been servicing the south side of town with good down home food.  Because there was a big need in this area to have a restaurant that’s close and that makes me feel good, when a lot of people come here and say, ‘I just got off work and I don’t feel like going home to cook and I’m ready to eat.’  That makes me feel good and I do a little bit of everything that’s needed  here but I’m not the main cook. There are three other cooks and all together we have seven employees so we can have your food ready in a timely manner.

“But, my greatest challenge has been it was tough from the very beginning because I couldn’t get help from the city.  They wouldn’t help me with anything and so, I had to invest my own money and I had to refurbish the whole building and we started from scratch.  After that, we opened late summer last year but in the winter time, it was real slow but that was because a lot of people didn’t know we were here and we had to get through that.  But now, so far so good, we’re building a nice clientele, we have good repeat business and we’re getting a lot more new people.  

“We as African Americans, in the community, need to support one another and on the other hand we as business proprietors, need to give the people satisfaction.  We need to step up and put out a good product because we can’t say, support one another and the product isn’t good.   And, that’s what we do, as far as, in our kitchen and people say, it’s good to see black people doing it right because it’s far and in between nowadays and that motivating for us and another motivation for me.”

 

Then I had to interview at least one of their customers to get his input and this is what he said:

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is Finney and I’m here today because the food is good.  I usually get their chicken wings and some side orders, it all taste like a down home cooked meal and I’ve been eating here well over 20 times since they opened and sometimes I bring others along with me so they can check them out.  I highly recommend Charlow’s Grill to everyone that enjoy soul food because their food is the best in this city, so far.”

Now in closing I say, the people were correct, I loved it!  My food consisted of a fried catfish dinner with greens, mac and cheese, candied yams and corn bread muffin and it was plentiful and delicious.  Keep up the fantastic work and I’m sure, in the very near future, you’ll see more beauty come your way, as long as, you keep doing what you’re doing.  So until next week, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie.  Bye bye, babies.

P.S.  If you’d like to have the spotlight shined upon you or someone you know, all in the name of love, just send me an email to upclosewithjeanie@yahoo.com.  I’d love to hear from you.

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