Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water, yet another themed Mexican bar/restaurant has opened in Vegas, this time at the Flamingo Pool area.
We’re talking Carlos N’ Charlie’s, a place you can already find in a diversity of locations such as West Palm, Austin, Cuernavaca, Mexico and several other areas south of the border where there is a surfeit of twentysomethings bent on serious partying.
The restaurant belongs to Grupo Anderson, which also runs the new Senor Frog’s at the TI, and several other concept Mexican joints. This Carlos N’ Charlie’s now joins Hussong’s Cantina and several other such establishments, including Margaritaville across the hall, if that counts, as shining examples of the party bar genre.
It would seem Vegas can’t get enough of these places; serious devotees of real Mexican food, I guess, will just have to put their desires on hold.
This is the type of place that drives those who take Mexican cuisine insane, dedicated to slushy Margaritas, poolside guacamole with the texture of Bardhal, chimichangas and waitress with front grills that a Cadillac Seville from the fifties would envy.
Is it fun? Sure. Will you catch someone like me in there? Probably not, unless I get top billing in a remake of “Weekend at Bernie’s.”
I did taste my way through a few of their featured menu items, most notably chipotle barbecued ribs, oven baked and meltingly soft, one of the more tepid Buffalo chicken wings I’ve tasted in recent years, and a house salsa that could have used a bit more punch.
But the food is beside the point. OK, so Carlos N’ Charlie’s is no place for a curmudgeon like me, but the pool area is nice and the Margaritas are cold, so who cares what I think? Party on.
At the Flamingo Las Vegas.
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