Charley's Deli Grille, located at 16873 Haggerty Road, is an informal restaurant tucked in the corner of a Northville Township strip mall. The restaurant's menu is posted on chalkboards by the deli counter where diners place their order. Then diners pick a seat, and a server delivers their food.
The restaurant has a multitude of food choices from breakfast to spaghetti dinner. Charley's also has a fresh juice bar and a cafe coffee menu. New York cheesecake, torts, muffins, brownies and baklava are offered for dessert. Charley's has a reputation for delicious fish and chips, but the dish is only served on Fridays.
Atmosphere: Charley's is a combination of Coney Island meets casual deli with partial table service. The dining area has mostly tables with a big screen TV. During my recent lunch visit, the TV was tuned to a cable business channel, making it seem like a good place to grab a quick bite during the work day. The intention of the restaurant, according to its website, is to serve “everyone, moms, dads, kids, students, workers, and lovers... you name it.”
Bar: There is no alcohol served here.
Dishes sampled: We ordered what is touted to be one of the house specialities: the breakfast pita omelette. It's sort of your omelette and breakfast bread all served as one. The omelette was placed inside a large piece of pita bread, which made it interesting and tasty.
We also sampled a sub sandwich and onion rings. The menu said all subs are served with grilled onions, cheese, dressing, lettuce, tomato and mild peppers. Either the sub was a bit overloaded (which could be a good thing for some) or the paper it was served in was too thin because the paper sort of disintegrated and became absorbed in the sandwich, providing a bit more fiber (from eating the paper) than I was counting on. The onions rings were well done with a thick, crunchy batter.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Price level: Omelettes are in the $5 range. An order of french fries or cole slaw is $1.49
Dress code: Casual
Phone number: 734-420-1600