It’s time to hit the mail bag to see where our readers have enjoyed a good meal.

Craig Blunck of Lincoln, Neb., has been doing some traveling.

“Charlie’s Steakhouse in Carroll, Iowa, is a great place to eat,” he said. “Their menu is fairly diverse. The food has that homemade kind of taste with more than ample proportions.”

He said the dining atmosphere is comfy, friendly and folksy.

“If you expect fast food prep service, you may be disappointed largely due to your food being prepared from scratch. Their entrees are always consistent. My favorites entrees are prime rib, ribeye steak, chicken fried steak and salmon. All in all I think everything is tasty.”

If there is an inconsistency, he added, it would be with their wait staff, sometimes good, other times not so much.

“This place can get extremely busy just about any evening during the week,” he said. “I have eaten in steakhouses all over this great nation, and Charlie’s would be one I would rank into the A+ category.”

Charlie’s is part of the Carrollton Inn, 1730 U.S. Highway 71 North. It is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, then 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursday, and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.

Blunck has been to Overtime Bar and Grill in Fullerton, Neb., “your typical small town folksy bar, adopting a sports bar theme of sorts. While their menu is limited in nature, all of their food is outstanding. They serve prime rib a couple times per month. My favorites are their burgers (awesome), homemade pizza, gizzards and nachos. The prime rib is awesome. Among the ranks of bar food, it would be in the A+ category.”

Aaron and Carla Wetovick, and Goob Lane run Overtime at 214 Broadway St., with weekday lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and some evening specials, too. Overtime has pool tables, shuffle board and big screen TVs.

Blunck also visited Paddy’s Pub, at 311 N. Cotner Blvd. (north of O Street and east of 56th Street in Lincoln.

“All in all Paddy’s has good food,” he reported. “Great Ruebens and pizza. Other sandwiches and shrimp are good, too.”

There are plenty of choices on Paddy’s menu: appetizers, salads and soups, subs and sandwiches, grilled items and hot sandwiches, pizza (including the Rueben) and a couple of desserts. Paddy’s also has nearly a dozen specialty beers.

“It’s a neighborhood bar and grill. Been around for years,” Brunck said. “People are friendly and service is good.”

The full menu and daily specials are online, www.pattyspublincoln.com.

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