Atmosphere: Al’s Char House is located on the lower level of the same building that houses Casa Margarita. One step inside the restaurant and you are reminded of Texas, from the long-horn skulls mounted on the wall to the giant size of the one-page menu (nearly big enough to cover the table!)
There are a few different seating areas around the restaurant, a combo of booths and tables. Pictured below is one of the sunken dining areas.
There is also a nice bar area.
Menu: Burgers, Steaks, Salmon, Shrimp, Catfish, Kabobs, Ribs, Chicken
What we ordered: We started with the complimentary bread. This was a very dark bread that was sweet and had raisins inside of it, served with a sweet whipped butter.
Our server brought us a giant bowl of salad, served family-style.
I was debating between a burger and the steak sandwich but went with the Steak Sandwich despite the hefty $15 price tag. Once I saw the giant sandwich they brought me as well as the fact it came with salad and bread, I decided it was worth every bite. This sandwich had an entire steak on a giant bun, topped with mushrooms, tomatoes, lettuce and mozzarella cheese. When I say huge, that really is an understatement. I was literally full after 1/4 of this sandwich and had to eat it with fork and knife. The bun was toasted with garlic butter and just delicious, the steak was tender and cooked medium. Yum!
One of my companions ordered the Mushroom Swiss Burger, which was also enormous, 1 lb of beef served on a giant toasted bun. Came with fried potato wedges.
Another companion ordered the Bleu Cheese Burger with Bacon, another colossal burger.
When you first walk into Al’s you can see a giant display case showing the various cuts of beef they offer. The size of these cuts are very impressive!
Service: Our visit to Al’s Char House was on a weekend during lunch and it was not very busy. We had decent service but our server wasn’t always available when we needed her and we often had to wait several minutes before we saw her again. The food took some time to be served but it was hot and prepared as expected.
Overall Impression: The size of the portions are ridiculously huge and a great value, I will definitely head back to Al’s Char House when I am in the area again.