As so suggested late last week, I decided to drop in on Street Car Charlie's last Sunday. I'm no food critic, so I won't go into detail about the delicious cajan spice burger I devoured, but I did want to hit the blog with my general observation that the place was fantastically fun and doing a brisk business for the fact. I actually had to go and come back when I initially found the place too crowded for a solitudal meal.
If you want at least one real review, here's the Tampa Tribune's All Aboard for a Wild Culinary Ride.
I made it! After having to turn back once, I rolled in at about 3 PM.
I forget what business Streetcar Charlie's replaced, but with the fun atmosphere, I almost hated to check out at the end of my lunch. The unique character and tempo of it all combined with what I took as a wonderful meal, even if it was just the burger platter, tell me it, already, would be a place missed if it ever left. It seems to have strong local support. Indeed, it's a safe bet that Streetcar Charlie's is going to be a solid anchor for the Tampa Rail Community. Perhaps on par with the Spaghetti Warehouse.
Where's the beef?
While eating, there was a constant flow of toe-tapping disco from the 70s over the speakers, and, an endless loop of Three Stooges (both black and white, and colorized versions), running on all the TV sets.
You never forget where you are, looking out at streetcars as they rumble by Streetcar Charlie's.
The business makes no bones about billing itself as part of what hyper-locals there like to deem as Gaybor. If one wants to hear me acknowledge this at all, I will say that Streetcar Charlie's is exactly the type of diverse business culture that the city of Tampa needs in order to propel forward as one consisting of real humanity. Remember, it takes a village. Or, in this case, the Village People. Enjoy!