Char Steak Lounge (Cookeville, TN)

Char Steak Lounge is an American restaurant located on 14 South Washington Ave in Cookeville, TN. The atmosphere of the restaurant is rustic and very comfortable.The staff is also very personable and attentive, taking good care of their customers. They have a wide selection of food and beverages with a full bar including local craft beers, wine, mixed drinks, and soft drinks. The entrance has a beautiful stone bench with a waterfall cascading down the etched glass with the Char logo, which has colored lights that are constantly changing. 

Customers have the option to be seated in the dining room at a booth or a table, or in the bar area. The booths are quite tight, so I like to sit at a table. Their seating is flexible and can easily accommodate large parties by putting tables together.

The food is all homemade, reasonably priced, and very delicious. They are open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm, and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 4 pm to 9 pm, and 4 pm to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served on Sunday’s from 10:30 am to 2 pm. Drink specials are every night from 9:00 pm to close, and Happy hour is from 2-6 pm which include $5 appetizers, $2 draft beers, and $4 wine. They offer live music after 9 pm during most evenings. 

They are well known for their steaks such as Prime Rib and Filet Mignon. We also had the Grannie’s Meatloaf and Rattlesnake Pasta.

The Prime Rib is dry rubbed and slow cooked to medium rare. It is served  daily starting at 4 pm with an option of with au jus, raw horseradish, or a creamy Dijon horseradish sauce. Customers have the option of choosing a size between the 9 oz, 12 oz, or 16 oz. It is also one of those meals that go fairly quickly, so it’s best to order it while they have it in the restaurant. 

The Filet Mignon is an 8 oz juicy steak served with a choice of two sides.

 The Rattlesnake Pasta is fettuccini noodles tossed in a spicy Caribbean alfredo sauce with broccoli and mushrooms.

Next, the Grannie’s Meatloaf, is a special served every Friday during lunch. You also have the option of one side, two sides, or three sides. I had the Caesar salad and mashed potatoes and gravy as my side, which were very good.

Finally, for dessert we ordered the New York style cheesecake, double chocolate cheesecake, and the brownie sundae. The desserts were all very delicious. My favorite was the brownie sundae. When ordering the brownie sundae, customers have the option of adding nuts on top, which I didn’t do since I’m not a big on nuts on desserts.

 If you are interested in checking out Char Steak Lounge, click here: http://chsteaklounge.com

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Cheddars Scratch Kitchen (Cookeville, TN)

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Cheddars Scratch Kitchen is an American restaurant located on 1375 Interstate Drive in Cookeville TN, and is not far from Tennessee Tech University. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and casual. The staff is also very personable and attentive taking good care of their customers. They have a wide selection of food and beverages to choose from a full bar including spirits, local craft beers, wine, and soft drinks. When customers arrive, they will find seating in the dining room and bar area with the option of a booth or a table. The food is  all homemade, reasonably priced, and very delicious. Their open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 10:30 am to 11 pm, and on Friday and Saturday they are open from 10:30 am to 11 pm.

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We had the combo platter with Top Sirloin Steak and Shrimp, combo platter with Top Sirloin Steak and Chicken Tenders, Chicken Tender platter, and the Bacon Cheeseburger. The Top Sirloin Steak with Shrimp is a 6 oz steak served with either grilled or fried shrimp with a choice of two sides. I chose mashed potatoes and a house salad.

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The combo Top Sirloin Steak with Chicken tenders is a 6 oz steak served with hand breaded chicken tenders and a choice of two sides.

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The Chicken Tender platter is served with hand breaded chicken tenders with a choice of two sides.

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The Bacon Cheeseburger is as described. It comes with four slices of bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and honey mayo. Any sides are an additional charge.

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Finally for dessert we ordered the Cheddars Legendary Monster Cookie, which is served with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry. You can also ask them to add nuts if you like nuts.

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Unfortunately, the cookie did not hold up to its name. I have had it in the past, and this time it was a lot smaller than what it normally is because it usually fills the whole pan. I’m not sure what happened, and it was definitely not worth $6.00. Hopefully, the next time I go back the food quantity goes back to the way it was in the past. All the portions were much smaller, but the prices remain the same. It used to be a great value to eat at Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, but I don’t think it is as good a value anymore. If you are interested in checking out Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, click here: https://cheddars.com/our-story/

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