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The Charles Top 100

Across the street from Town Hearth, The Charles is nearly as over-the-top a place to see and be seen, even on Monday nights. It’s all about the spectacle here — including cheetah-print booths and a memorably wallpapered bathroom. The menu here is unlike any other Italian joint in town, thanks to chef J. Chastain’s constant, creative tinkering with classics. You may not find spaghetti with meatballs, but you’ll find something interesting, and even inspired, among either your takeout containers or the sheer sensory overload of this deliciously overdecorated dining room.

Top pick: The Charles has a charming habit of grilling vegetables hard, so if you like charcoal and sear marks on your greens, you can choose (seasonally) from grilled okra, broccoli or even kale.
Alison McLean
  • Price: $$$, $$$$
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 5-11 p.m.
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Required
  • Parking: Lot available, Valet
  • Extra Services: Private-group dining
  • Takeout
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