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Charlie's Diner a popular lunch spot for soups, sandwiches, more

Dec. 12, 2012 @ 11:05 PM

HUNTINGTON -- In 1993 the Harley-Davidson dealership on 4th Avenue added a lunch counter to the customer waiting area so people could grab a snack while waiting on their repairs.

The small lunch counter gradually expanded its menu and overtime word of mouth spread to a number of small businesses. Today Charlie's Diner at Charlie's Harley-Davidson is a popular lunch spot even for people who have never ridden a motorcycle. In 2010 the diner was given a makeover with new tables, new chairs and chrome barstools.

According to Lee Grant, diner manager at Charlie's Harley-Davidson, a good deal of the success can be attributed to the "20W50 Chili."

"In my opinion we have the best chili in town," he said. "We've won the taster's choice at the chili festival a couple of times. We also have a really good pulled pork barbecue that is one of our signature sandwiches. Our 'Screaming Eagle,' which is our turkey bacon club sandwich, is also very popular."

The restaurant also features a variety of salads, personal pizzas and pizza bread served on sub rolls. Hand dipped milkshakes, and cherry or vanilla coke is available from the soda fountain.

"For the winter we are going to have a different soup of the day like our jambalaya which has pork, shrimp, sausage and jalapeños," Grant said. "We've also offered Wisconsin Cheese soup, Chicken Tortilla, French Onion, California Vegetable Medley and Potato Soup. In addition to our soup of the day every day we are going to have our chili, beans and cornbread, chicken noodle and tomato basil soups. We are going to list our soup of the day every day on our Facebook, or call in to find out. We are also going to have soup and sandwich and soup and salad combos throughout the winter."

Charlie's is also getting ready to celebrate the holiday season with an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party Saturday, Dec. 15. Customers can enjoy complementary plates of spaghetti, breadsticks and salad. Customers can also let their kids have their pictures taken with Santa and take part in an ugly sweater contest. The event is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

"I think people keep coming back because we take pride in our food," Grant said. "We serve a good quality sandwich at a good quality price. We also keep the dealership very clean and neat. We treat every customer like it's our last customer."

Charlie's Diner is located in the back of Charlie's Harley-Davidson at 408 4th Ave., Huntington. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays. The restaurant will re-open on Mondays in March. Cash, check and all major credit cards are accepted. For catering options, carry-out orders, private parties and more information, call 304-524-1340. For a full menu and more information on the dealership visit www.charlieshd.com/.

If you go: Charlie's Diner

Food: Sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza

Address: 408 4th Ave., Huntington

Phone: 304-523-1340

Fax: 304-523-5457

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sundays and Mondays for the winter

Payments accepted: Cash, check and all major credit/debit cards.

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