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The cozy little village of Charm may only be home to a handful of shops, but they each hold a pretty large reputation in their area. Just across the street from a very popular hardware store and well know harness and boot shop is the home-style cooking of Charm Family Restaurant.
Jonas and Emma Keim purchased the restaurant, previously known as Grandma's Homestead, in November, 2014. After a few months of renovation - new flooring and a little paint - Charm Family Restaurant was ready to open its doors in March, 2015.
Grandma's Homestead was a staple in the community for 27 years. A place for down-home, family cooking, Steven Keim, manager, knew that he would need to keep a similar feel in order to make this new restaurant successful.
"One of the waitresses had been with the restaurant for eight years," said Keim. She stayed on with the new restaurant and helped Keim and his team create a menu and atmosphere that would please the locals and travelers.
"The menu didn't change a whole lot. We knew that a lot of people liked the food [Grandma's Homestead] had," added Keim.
"We want people to have a relaxing experience when they come here," said Keim. "We are not fast food; our stuff is prepared here."
Only top-quality, fresh meat and produce is used at the restaurant. Charm Family Restaurant takes a local approach on the food they prepare in their restaurant, using poultry from Gerber Poultry in Kidron and fresh meat and produce from Northern Haserot - a food distributor located in Cleveland and an Ohio Proud Partner1.
These fresh, quality products go into making some of the best homestyle dishes the area has to offer. A co-worker and I sat down to sample some of the restaurant favorites. Top menu items include:
The "Charm Down-Home Steak Burger" - a half pound of tenderized steak smothered in brown gravy with sautéed onions and mushrooms and covered in mozzarella cheese all on a ciabatta bun.
The "Country Style Meat Loaf" is "Grandma's signature recipe." This is a hearty portion of meatloaf seasoned, mixed, baked and glazed with a special glaze.
Pan-fried chicken, boneless and skinless chicken breasts, country fried pork and ham steaks are also on the menu along with salads, wraps, sandwiches, soups and more.
All these mouth-watering choices made it hard to decide. We chose to start our meal off with the Mozzarella Sticks, a popular appetizer of Mozzarella Cheese deep fried into golden brown sticks and served with a marinara dipping sauce.
While my co-worker chose to indulge in the popular buffet, I tried out the Prime Rib Stack. This sandwich features a slice of Prime Rib on a toasted subway bun brushed with horseradish mayonnaise. Choose to top your sandwich with Swiss, mozzarella or American cheese - I chose Swiss. The sandwich is served with a Beef Au Jus dipping sauce.
Hot off the buffet, my co-worker enjoyed homemade noodles and stuffing, fresh green beans, and savory mashed potatoes with gravy to compliment a piece of pan-fried chicken. We both decided we needed to save a little room for dessert.
Between the two of us, we helped ourselves to fresh strawberry pie and homemade soft-serve ice cream. Pies are made fresh daily and fresh fruit pies are made right in the restaurant. Pies are also delivered from a bakery in Berlin daily.
The homemade ice cream is "Grandma Esther's" farm recipe made with fresh heavy dairy cream to produce the freshest vanilla ice cream. Both desserts were savory and worth the extra calories.
Plain and simple, if you are looking for a place to slow down and grab a homemade meal, Charm Family Restaurant is a great place to check out. The smiling waitresses provided us with excellent service and made us feel warm and welcome as we enjoyed our lunch.
Charm Family Restaurant is located at 4450 State Route 557, Charm. Hours are Monday-Saturday from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information call 330-893-2717 or visit their facebook page for the latest specials: search for Charm Family Restaurant.
1(Ohio Proud is the Ohio Department of Agriculture's marketing program that identifies and promotes food and agricultural products that are made in Ohio and grown in Ohio. For more information visit www.ohioproud.org.)