I will get to my review in a bit, but first . . . see Christy D's review here? The one about this place going to the dogs? I was sitting right next to her that night (I am Robin M's boyfriend, who also wrote about this) and feel the need to respond to her distortions and, in one case, patent falsehood. For those who have never been there, OCCB (Charcuterie) is very small and I was literally about three feet away, able to hear everything. I am not a dog person. Not that I dislike dogs, but I am not someone enamored of them when I happen to see them. Having said that, the dog at Charcuterie was not bothersome at all. It was a short-haired dog that was very non-obtrusive. It walked around a bit, but to describe it as having "trotted freely back and forth" is, if not dishonest (the dog was not leashed or encumbered and therefore was free), then certainly misleading. It walked around a bit, mostly minding its own business and not bothering anyone. What is dishonest is Christy's statement that the dog was "licking feet and shoes" "nudg[ing] his wet nose and tongue" about. I was wearing shorts and sandals. If anyone would have noticed this, it would have been me. This did not happen, nor did I see it happen to anyone else. And I was looking! At some point, it became clear Christy was having a "diva" experience about the dog and so my attention was attuned to its behavior to see if its behavior was problematic. It was not. Someone with Charcuterie (the chef, manager, I am not sure) came over to discuss the issue with Christy. This person was polite. Christy was not, shoving her iPhone into the guy's face and informing him that everything was being recorded. Jeez, what a drama queen! It could not have been more clear, through numerous clues such as language, tone of voice, body mannerisms. etc., that Christy was expecting some groveling. Thankfully, she did not get it. In fact, when the bill was placed on the table, I clearly and distinctly heard Christy say to her friend THAT SHE HAD EXPECTED CHARCUTERIE TO COVER THE CHECK. Hats off to Charcuterie for its handling of this, and making someone pay despite complaining. As for the actual restaurant and meal, the place is wonderful. This was my second time there with my girlfriend, this time with her mother. I had the escargot and frog legs, both delicious. The mom had mussels, which were very good, and Robin had a charcuterie plate, also top notch. The previous time, I had the steak special (they have a special most night, with a meal and drink for something like $20), which brought me back this second time. It is clear that the chef cares about what is going out. With so small of a place, so few tables, every one is given the care it deserves. More than the food, though, is the atmosphere. Small, dark and no television (a real strong point in my book), Charcuterie allows for an intimate evening, if you do not mind waiting for the table. Yes, the service is slow. But that is admitted up front. This is not fast food, and they let you know that, as the cocktails are freshly made, they take time, which itself creates some backlog. Charcuterie is part of that wave (of which I am a fan) of bringing an old-style feel to new places, a throwback to the speakeasy of yesteryear. I found myself comparing Charcuterie very favorably to WC Harlan, though obviously with a much better food selection. If that is your thing, then Charcuterie needs to be on your list.
Dan H. on Apr 2, 2014