Charlie's Kitchen


1951 – present


10 Eliot St., Harvard Square


Diner-style restaurant, bar, and beer garden



Opened by Charlie Lambrose and dubbed "The Double Cheeseburger King," Charlie's is a kind of relic. With its grungy vinyl booths, jukebox, and unchanged fifties-meets-seventies décor, it serves as a charmingly shabby, blue collar luncheon by day, noisy, hipster hangout with live bands by night. Its two levels offer a menu of burgers, "double lobster rolls", frappes and booze. A newly-added beer garden has been a unique draw for the area.

Photos by Rain Robertson