Charlie Kyriakou, the founder of his namesake Charlie’s Restaurants, has been serving quality food in the Toledo area for fifty years. In the beginning, he operated the Southwyck Coney Island inside the Southwyck Mall and as time went by, Charlie, an immigrant from a small village on Greece’s Ionian Coast, was operating ten restaurants. Today, Charlie and his son, George, operate three restaurants. George takes care of overall operations and Charlie remains a friendly presence greeting customers, clearing tables, seating diners and making sure guests are treated right.
The three restaurants, in Sylvania, Swanton and Maumee, offer the same menu for table service and drive-up to-go orders, along with rooms for groups meals or meetings. The Sylvania and Swanton restaurants have a similar, diner-like aesthetic, with tables and booths, tile floors, green plants and a display case showcasing housemade desserts. The Maumee location, decorated as a Greek taverna (and aptly named Charlie’s Taverna), is a more upscale, inviting, carpeted space with a raised dining area, walled on two sides by windows and also offering a large outdoor patio and a full service bar. At all three locations diners can expect friendly service, quick
food delivery, very clean dining rooms (and restrooms)
and well prepared, filling portions of quality food.
The menu selections are numerous, offering break- fast all day, burgers, gourmet hot dogs, fish, chicken (including fried), salads (greek salad $7.19), soups, wraps, sandwiches and traditional Greek foods. The authentic gyros ($7.59) and the pastitsio (Greek lasagna) ($10.79) are among the area’s best.
Vegetarians can be easily satisfied at Charlie’s with a number of items available (eg: falafel dinner ($10.29) in addition to salads, which are excellent. Seven days a week, before 11:00 am, all breakfasts are 50% off. (That’s correct, $5.00 breakfast meals!) Charlie’s offers “to go” gyro or hotdog kits, which include everything you need to create a gyro or hotdog party at home. For a fast, efficient and good meal, visit Charlie’s.
Lighting: very good
Cleanliness: very clean but use a too strong smelling floor cleaner sometimes near diners.
Kid Friendly: yes (kid’s menu)
Noise: not noisy
6945 West Central Ave, Sylvania
12407 Airport Hwy., Swanton
1631 Toll Gate Dr. Maumee
419-794-7870 • 419-794-7871
Toledo & Maumee
Fri-Sat 8-9 Sun 8-7
Mon-Sat 8-8 Sun 8-7