The day after Christmas, my dad invited Nikki & I to lunch. We decided to try a new restaurant in the area. CharBar No. 7 recently opened a location in Mint Hill. They have six locations throughout the state and one in Alabama. According to the CB7 Story , their name has nothing to do with the number of locations that they have and they hope to expand beyond seven locations.
CharBar No. 7 mixes upscale and casual dining. We were seated in the covered patio. It was spacious with a really nice lounge area in the center. Flat screens are hung throughout the patio. After we were seated and given menus, we were left to ourselves. A couple waitresses passed by our table and checked on their own tables. From our perspective, the restaurant wasn’t that busy. After at least five minutes, no one had even bothered to take a drink order or to say they’d be right with us. We made the decision to leave and on the way out, my dad explained to the hostess why we were leaving. She got the manager, who took the time to listen to our issue. He explained that they hadn’t been open very long and it was their first holiday season. They didn’t schedule enough staff and asked for the chance to make it right. We decided to take them up on the offer.
The manager was kind enough to buy us an appetizer. Unfortunately, there weren’t any options for Nikki. My dad & I decided on Das Pretzels, which are Bavarian style sprinkled with kosher salt and parmesan. It’s served with a side of beer cheese, which was insanely delicious. There will be a picture of it in #foodporn portion of the blog.Learn what to order at @CharBarNo7 if you have dietary restrictions Click To Tweet
They don’t have a separate menu for patrons with dietary restrictions, but they do have gluten-free buns. Their fries are cooked in vegetable oil, but we can’t remember if we asked if they were gluten-free. Nikki had the Classic Burger with lettuce on a gluten-free bun and a side of fruit. She really liked the bun a lot and she had it a different restaurant a while ago (she does warn that “it’s crumbly”). Nikki liked the burger and the fruit as well.
After the initial problem we had when we got to CharBar No. 7, we had a really good experience (and I don’t think it was completely due to the fact that we nearly left). Our waitress was very nice and helpful. She apologized for our earlier situation and reiterated that they were short-staffed and much busier than expected. The food was really good and we will definitely return.
This is the part of the post where I showcase food that contains gluten, soy, and dairy. If you don’t want to see the sweet temptation, start scrolling now.
Here’s the aforementioned Das Pretzels. Try not to lick the screen too much.
My dad & I both got Chicken Tender Platter with tater tots (I got mine with BBQ sauce and my dad got honey mustard; I used the beer cheese to dip my chicken tenders in). They were really good and filling. I had enough for lunch the next day.
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