Char-Hut: 10000 W. McNab Road, Tamarac, FL 33321
Char-Hut has been a local staple since 1976. They started by converting an old Royal Castle location (for those who remember that brand) down in the Miami Garden area. Currently, there are 3 locations that are open. Pembroke Pines, Davie, and Tamarac. The Oakland Park location is slated to possibly re-open in October 2021, but now 100% sure that will happen yet. Around 1995 they also expanded into offering catering of the signature menu items to events and corporate outings.
Char-Hut features a menu of choices including burgers, chicken, sides, sweets, combo meals, salads, and more. Customer service is one of their key priorities and pride themselves on being family-owned. Two of the open locations are in strip malls without drive-thru capabilities. Over the years they have had different locations and for a while were being franchised, until the original family took back ownership. I ordered delivery from one of the apps since the open locations are not close to me.
One of the coolest things I found on Char-Hut’s menu was that they serve real Birch Beer from Pennsylvania where I am from. If you haven’t tried it, you don’t know what you are missing. For the first food item, I went with the Big Dog, a snappy all-beef hot dog that is grilled. I topped it with onions, American cheese, and bacon. There was a definite crisp when you bite into it. I would have it again but might drive there next time to pick it up.
For my second item, I got the Char-Burger, adding cheese and onions to it. There was just a hint of shredded lettuce, the way I like it., mustard, and ketchup to round it out. Char-Hut knows how to really make a good burger. Now, this is not going to be your gourmet-style from some fancy restaurants, but more like the ones, you grew up on when you were a kid with the backyard barbecue over coal briquettes. The perfectly seasoned patty was cooked how I requested and full of flavor.
The french fries are hand-cut and were the only part I did not 100% enjoy. I personally would have preferred them to be cooked a little bit more, and they could have really used some sort of seasoning on them. The last item we tried from Char-Hut was a Char-Salad. A mix of iceberg lettuce, spring mix, carrots, pickles, tomatoes, and cabbage. I had them add grilled chicken to mine which tasted great. I would order the salad again for sure.
Pricing $$: If you are looking for a quick meal that is inexpensive and good, then Char-Hut fits the bill.