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Brunch at Char, Huntsville, AL

It was just what we needed after a challenging week. You know the kind I'm talking about -- medical procedures, personal disappointments, family drama, and a wreck. Why, even our beloved Auburn men's basketball team had its 15-game winning streak shredded by our arch-rival. Saturday morning arrived with the predicted dreariness and rain, and we needed a pick-me-up in the worst way. It stood to reason that a delicious brunch in a restaurant we'd heard about but hadn't had a chance to try would be just the ticket. Char, on Bob Wallace Avenue in Huntsville, lived up to the hype and lifted our doldrums very nicely.

We walked in a few minutes after it opened at 11:00 a.m. and were taken to a rich, leather-upholstered banquette with a white tablecloth by a friendly hostess who had discreetly taken note of our names. While soothing jazz music began its work unraveling our frazzled nerves, a sharply-uniformed server named Bert stepped up and said, "Well, how are the Pearsons this morning?" Nice touch.

Bert took our drink orders and showed us the important features of the menu, Everything sounded wonderful, but we had brunch on our minds, so we stuck with it.

Steve ordered the Steak Benedict.

I chose the Chicken and Waffle.

The steak on Steve's plate was as smooth and tender as butter at room temperature. He kept oohing and ahhing while he ate and cut me a small sliver to sample. I agreed. It was outstanding.

My chicken was delightfully tender as well, and the cinnamon syrup was warm and delicious.

His coffee was worth lingering over, and my sweet tea was just right. We were two very satisfied diners.

An added plus was the fact that the prices were extremely reasonable.

The decor of white, black and gray with pops of red was pleasing, and we took note of the large mirrors on a prominent wall with the outline of a map indicating familiar Huntsville streets and neighborhoods. We learned that this is the 4th Char to be built (2 in Tennessee, 1 in Jackson, MS and now here in Huntsville), so the mirrors were a nice touch to make it feel more local.

I'm looking forward to a return visit and already have my eyes on the crabcakes and blueberry bread pudding. Yummmmmmm. I give Char two thumbs up. Let me know what you have when you go. It is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

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