By Kayleen Holder
The old familiar wooden chairs and tables from Charlie’s II are back in service at the new Charlie’s Daughter restaurant which opened just weeks ago. Missy and husband Jerry Stevens is happy to carry on the family tradition and she’s thrilled to get back to waiting tables and visiting with customers at the new restaurant inside the City of Devine’s newly renovated golf course club house.
“We even have the silverware, plates, mugs, and it’s cooked in the same pots and pans!” Missy said with a chuckle. “It’s a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to carry on the Charlie’s tradition and I am seeing customers I haven’t seen in three years.”
It’s been sort of like a happy family reunion, she said.
“We’ve been in that trailer for a long time, and it just wasn’t the same. I could serve food but there wasn’t that one on one connection with my customers like it is in the restaurant. A lot of times I would be in the back cooking in that trailer and not know who I was cooking for. I missed seeing a lot of people,” Missy said. “And the kids who used to come to Charlie’s have grown up so much! I hired a waitress recently and once we got to talking, I realized she was the same little girl who used to come in to Charlie’s II with her dad years ago.”
And major news alert….Charlie’s famous enchiladas and Mexican food plates are back by popular demand!
Mama Mrs. Rogene Cupp helped kick off the move by making the first pot of chili and rice as they brought back the Mexican food that everyone’s been craving.
“We brought back Mexican food a couple of weeks ago, and it’s been going like wildfire!” Missy said. You’ll find the Ladies Special, Enchiladas, and everything else back on the menu.
Charlie’s welcomed back their breakfast cook, Joseph recently as well.
“Now we are doing breakfast every day we are open Tuesday-Saturday,” Missy said. That’s including two customer favorites, the Herb and Sleepy plates, along with biscuits and gravy. The Herb (a taco with egg, meat, cheese, hash and refried beans) and the Sleepy (egg, meat, hash browns, cheese all scrambled together) are both named after beloved customers.
“You never know when you are going to have a plate named after you!” Missy said.
Along with the old familiar specialties, Charlie’s Daughter also serves some new things such as Philly Cheese Steaks, wings, and Steak Fingers that are fresh cut from a chicken fried steak.
Also new, they serve several appetizers including fried pickles, fried mushrooms, and more. They also have a triple-bogey sampler plate.
The jalapenos, cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes are all grown locally! They are also serving fresh homemade peach cobbler sourced locally.
Mom and dad, Charlie and Rogene Cupp are often there “taste testing for quality control.”
“Dad said we need bigger biscuits, so the next day I started making bigger biscuits,” Missy said with a smile.
Mr. Cupp commented highly on the breakfast plates, “The real grilled biscuits are really good, and the pancakes, you can’t get a better pancake in town!”
By Kayleen Holder