Charlie’s Grind and Grill in Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Budget : ~Php200-300 for a burger
Duration : ~1-2 hours
Bummers : resto is beside a car wash, parking can be a challenge
Even if Charlie’s Grind & Grill is located beside a car wash, don’t let it fool you because I tell you, they serve juicy burgers that will make you not care where it is located. Even if you find it in the middle of nowhere, I bet you will always go back once you have a taste of any of their freshly ground, handcrafted burgers.
Charlie’s Grind & Grill has a large selection of burgers with patties made from Angus beef, Wagyu beef, Chicken, or Mushroom. They also have Fresh Fries, their own rendition of large-cut French Fries. And a popular finger food, the Buffalo Chicken Wings, they have that too.
Ordering at Charlie’s is like ordering at a fast food chain. You go check the board and tell the cashier what you want. Then, he calls it out the kitchen which is just behind him. You pay for it then sit down and wait for your order to be served.
Charlie’s Grind and Grill also have a new Fresh Fries Menu. I’ll definitely try these when I come back. I am already craving for Charlie’s so I think that’s going to be soon. Wait for it!
For me, Charlie’s Grind and Grill is like those by-the-road diners in the US where drivers going for a long travel stop to rest and eat. That’s why if you look at Charlie’s Menu, it’s packed with lot’s of protein and beer! Charlie’s Grind and Grill is nothing fancy but they serve really awesome and filling food. This is my kind of menu!
I have been trying different craft beers and Charlie’s has a few of them on-board cheaply. I tried Kirin Ichiban (Php 140), which is known as Japan’s Prime Brew. But it was quite interesting that at the back of the bottle, it says that it’s actually from Europe. Hmm, therefore this probably isn’t an authentic Japanese beer.
Anyway, this beer is described as pure, crisp, and intensely satisfying. I am not sure about that but after a couple of gulps, I began liking it. See.
I asked about their best-selling burger and they said it was the Black Angus Beef (Php 190) with Fresh Fries (Php 220), so that’s what I got. I wasn’t disappointed with it. The burger patty was huge and juicy. The fresh fries that came with it were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, just the way I like it.
Isabel tried the Gourmet Chicken Burger (Php 220). I took a bite off it but I prefer the Black Angus that I had because for me it was tastier. But the chicken burger wasn’t bad at all. If you’re not into red meat, this is probably your best option. It was served with a marmalade-like sauce.
I also tried Charlie’s Buffalo Chicken Wings (Php 180 for half dozen /Php 330 for whole dozen). For the wings, you can choose among 3 different sauces – sweet, hot, and nuclear. I got the sweet one because I am sweet. Haha. No, my buddy isn’t a fan of spicy food.
The buffalo chicken wings came with carrot, celery, and turnip sticks that are so crunchy. Aside from adding color to the dish, these sticks were great in creating a balance in taste. I enjoyed eating the wings with my bear hands. I am also fond of the bleu cheese dip it came with.
I really enjoyed eating and drinking just a little bit (‘coz you don’t drink and drive) at Charlie’s Grind and Grill. Even though many aren’t amused by their service, I actually didn’t notice that because the food they served me were really great. For me, that’s what matters. I also didn’t mind getting all messy while eating. I guess that’s another thing I liked about Charlie’s, I don’t have to pretend how careful I eat because I am really not.
Charlie’s is no fine dining restaurant that’s why I didn’t expect a five star service but they were efficient and they are helpful in helping me park. I will definitely be back and try the giant cheese steak and the dirty fries one of these days. Who wants to join? You know how to reach me. Text, call, email, or poke me, I don’t mind.
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