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Review: Char Bar, ‘okay’ for the palate but not the wallet

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Review: Char Bar, ‘okay’ for the palate but not the wallet

Steve Puppe, KC Magazine

Steve Puppe, KC Magazine

Steve Puppe, KC Magazine

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As soon as you walk into toward the door at Char Bar in Westport, you can smell the smoked meat and the wood that was used to cook it.

The inside, too, of this barbecue smokehouse that touts itself as “The House of Meat” is filled with delicious aromas and amazing decor.

One of the things I most liked about Char Bar was the space. It was filled with beams and it seemed to mimic the architecture of an old-school factory. The restaurant is divided into three main sections: two inside for seating and an outdoor beer garden that’s decked out with picnic tables and plenty of yard games.

The waiters and service at Char Bar was excellent, too. Much of the staff was very friendly and always attentive to any needs that I might have had.

For my meal, I ordered the “pig tail” mac n’ cheese side dish, with burnt ends on top ($11). The mac and cheese was good, its al dente spirals stinted with cheese, though not enough gooey cheese for my tastes. The barbecue sauces available on the table were amazing. The flavors included tangy and sweet but also hot.

As for my drink, the strawberry-lime cream soda was well worth the money ($4). It went down smoothly and was neither too sweet nor too sour.

However, there were several things that I didn’t like at Char Bar.

The meat from the burnt ends was good, but a little bit too chewy for my taste. Also, the cost of many of the dishes, although good for a party of six people, was not as friendly to a college student’s budget. The lack of deals or specials was one thing that struck me as missing from Char Bar.

Also, many of the dishes are small enough to feed one person, though not enough to stretch into a second meal to take home with you for some weekend rations.

Still, Char Bar would be a good place to hold any parties with friends. The space is quite large and open. Plus they do party reservations, so I’d suggest it as a good place to go for any type of graduation festivities.

But if you’re looking for a new dinner spot on a college student budget, for me Char Bar is not worth the money, unless you want to spend it on barbeque that is simply okay and mac and cheese that isn’t quite cheesy enough.

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