Before I review Charlie Brown's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, I should admit that I generally don't like going to bars. In fact, I don't particularly like drinking, which seems to main reason to frequent bars, so I only usually go when talked into it (or coerced) by my frends.
My 3 friends and I ordered 14 drinks of Shiner Bach and Lone Star Beer (about 3 drinks per person; 2 baskets of mozzarella sticks with marina sauce. (They were okay, but not great, not even as good as the ones I ate daily at my high school.) However, the fries were quite good. We ended up eating the free midnight breakast the bar offered (chorizo and egg tortillas). They weren't great, either, but they did help fill our stomachs, which were already digesting the alcohol. (Undoubtedly, this was the bar's aim.) One my friends, the who suggested Charlie Brown's, raved about the burgers served there. Unfortunately, I did not take him up on his suggestion. Still, I have a feeling that were it not for the company that evening (3 middle school buddies reconnecting after the recent loss of a classmate), I wouldn't have enjoyed the evening in the least
Bars like Charlie Brown's seem to be a dying breed, being gradually supplanted by sports bars and hot wing restaurants. Honestly, I wouldn't be particularly distraught at their loss, but I do understand that some people really do prefer bars where the bar is the focus (and not the cover band, and not even the billiards table). To them I would only say, ""If you really want that kind of a bar, there are better ones.""
Charlie Brown's claims to be a ""Neighborhood Bar & Grill,"" and it definitely makes good on its claim to serve patrons from the surrounding neighborhood. But it seems like somewhat confused in calling itself a bar & grill. Although it has certain elements of each, such as the prominent bar, the billiards table, and the lounge area for the nightly cover bands, Charlie Brown's fails at integrating them: The partitions among the lounge, the bar, and the billiards table are arbitrary, and the outside patio (where my friends and I sat) is unnecessarily isolated. In other words, the disjointed setup makes it hard to transition from one area to the next. (Of course, this may only be an issue if you're there to meet people, which we were not.)
Reviewing Adam Sandler's comedy, ""Grown Ups,"" film critic Mike Lippert observed that ""[t]here's nothing particularly wrong with [it except] that there's nothing particularly right with it either."" I would say the same about Charlie Brown's.