Charann’s Tavern, Home of Tampa’s Original Steak Sandwich #31DaysOfLove
There is nothing like a good old-fashioned steak sandwich and Tampa has one of the best I have ever had, period. Since opening in 1969, Charann’s Tavern continues to draw huge crowds for their delicious classic, Charann’s Cheesesteak. This Tampa original continues to soar in popularity and is one of my favorite local delicacies.
Charlie and Ann Fisher opened Charann’s in 1969 at the original location on Highway 60. The first location was an old cinder-block building with outdoor bathrooms and was frequented by fisherman and carnival workers. Soon the place was packed with doctors, lawyers and high-rollers as everyone came for lunch to enjoy the delicious food and friendly service. Natives of Chester, PA, Charlie and Ann brought their West County version of the Philly to Tampa and it quickly became the talk of the town. Lunch became a standing-room only spot and the place was flooded daily with those anxious to sink their teeth into Tampa’s Original Steak Sandwich. In 1995, they relocated to their current location at 6821 W. Hillsborough Ave. After Charlie passed, Ann sold the business to Karen and Al Juhl who have gone on to maintain the tradition and serve the best steak sandwich in Tampa. They have done a fabulous job as the place is packed daily.
What makes this sandwich so special? Consisting of thinly sliced, grilled steak on a fresh roll with American cheese, grilled onions, tomatoes and your choice of peppers, it is quite simply the best steak sandwich you will ever taste. When I bite into one of these, I close my eyes and imagine what life was like in Tampa in the late 60′s. It is like taking a tasty trip back in time. This sandwich truly brings people together. Each time I go to lunch at Charann’s, I am impressed by the vast clientele and how you will see men dressed in designer suits as well as construction workers. Food truly brings people together!
As part of my #31DaysOfLove, I am giving away a $10 gift card to Charann’s Tavern. To enter, simply comment on this post and tell me why you love this sandwich or why you want to try it. I will pick a winner on Monday, December 24th. Cheers!
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