Charleys Philly Steaks is a Great Place for the Whole Family

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Columbus Moms Bloggers and our families were recently treated by Charleys Philly Steaks and it was fantastic!  I have only been part of this great network of mom bloggers for a little while and the perks that have come with it already have been tons of fun.  I was especially excited for #CharleysTreatsCMB because well, FREE FOOD!  And I have never been to Charleys and I love trying new places.

Charleys Philly Cheesesteaks are made with fresh, quality ingredients and are grilled-to-order!  It was cool to watch them prepare the food right there on the grill.  One of the cooks even did a few tosses with his spatula, fancy!  I had Isabella with me and she was fascinated by everything!  All the sounds, the people, smells, and the overall atmosphere of Charleys.

A little fun fact: Charleys founder, Charley Shin, opened the first restaurant located near the Ohio State University campus back in 1986.  Today, the restaurant is the World’s #1 Cheesesteak brand with more than 570 locations nationwide and headquartered right here in Columbus, Ohio!  How cool is that?  I love finding out that major restaurants are headquartered here!

charleys grill

Delicious Options

I ordered the Ultimate Club, which is turkey, ham, bacon, and shredded cheddar cheese.  YUM!  I also got a small order of fries and the most delicious strawberry lemonade that I have had in a long time.  Seriously, the lemonade had bits of real strawberry.  I am craving it right now.  I later found out that Charleys is known for their signature lemonades and Gourmet Fries!  My husband, who couldn’t be there but has had Charleys before, said he really likes the Cheese and Bacon Fries.  I am more a just fries and ketchup girl.  Everything was delicious and Isabella even had a few tastes of everything, and she seemed to enjoy it!  Whenever she saw me taking a bite of anything, she would watch intently and open her mouth.  Greedy baby!  I tried to get a pic of her enjoying some french fries but she wasn’t about it.  For the older kids, they do have a great kids meal that features three chicken strips, fries, a drink, and a small pack of Oreos!

Since the event, I have had Charleys again.  I had a Chicken Philly this time, which is chicken, grilled onions (ok I didn’t get the onions), mushrooms, green peppers, and white American cheese.  Again, YUM!  My husband got his Cheese and Bacon Fries and they get an A+! 

Fantastic Atmosphere

I often get nervous when going out to eat and it’s just me and Isabella.  I think that is a common feeling for all moms, no matter the age of their kids!  Charleys is pretty family friendly, and yes there were other moms there so that was helpful.  But I think with the overall ambiance of Charleys and the hustle and bustle behind the grill, it is a great place for small kids since there is something to catch their eye.  It kept Isabella occupied enough where she actually stayed sitting in the highchair and I could enjoy my food and have a conversation with some of the other moms! 

To top it off, Charleys gave us amazing swag bags!

How awesome is this swag?!  I was so impressed with everything they gave us!  Pen, journal, tumbler, popsocket (not pictured), coupons, and Charleys cash!  Not to mention that the canvas bag was amazing and so durable.  GUESS WHAT?!  We are giving away a swag bag!  You will receive $25 in Charleys Cash, recyclable tote, popsocket and the tumbler! Head on over to our Facebook page and enter by Friday, October 27th at 10 pm EST.  

Giving Back

We know that Charleys is passionate about making delicious, high-quality, made to serve food, but they are also passionate about serving the community by giving time, energy and funds causes like Charleys Kids, founded by Charley Shin in 2010.  Charleys Kids supports local and worldwide organizations that effectively address the need of the kids in their region.  Every location has collection boxes out and 100% of the money collected goes to help the children. In addition, 20 cents from every combo meal purchased at participating locations goes to Charleys Kids.   Locally, Charleys Kids has supported organizations such as City Life Center in Franklinton and SON Ministries in Hilliard.

Final Thoughts

Charleys is officially added to our family’s restaurant run-down!  Fast, delicious, and easy!  Something for the whole family!  Tell me about your favorite menu item!

For more information or to find your local Charleys, visit or follow them on Facebook and Instagram @charleysphillysteaks and Twitter @charleys.

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Lydia grew up in a small town in northwest Ohio. She traded in that small town for another small town when she went to college at Ohio University in Athens, and majored in magazine journalism. Much like any Bobcat you will meet, Lydia had the time of her life at OU! It is also where she met her husband, Deon. He is basically her polar opposite but he keeps her balanced and sane, and he’s been keeping up with her since 2007! They got married August 2015. Lydia became a mom in October 2016! She is the perfect mix of her parents: a chatterbox with a bit of sass like her mom, and at times relaxed and quiet like her dad. Watching Isabella grow, learn, and experience things for the first time has been some of the coolest things about being a mom. Full disclosure: Lydia wasn’t exactly thrilled to find out they were going to move to Columbus when Deon got a new job in 2012. She was excited for his new opportunity, but Columbus just seemed too big; after all, she is “just a small town girl.” It took some time but Lydia came around! She enjoys exploring even more now that she has Isabella. She is always looking to see what is happening around the city that is kid friendly. When Lydia isn’t working at her job in marketing, she enjoys getting her nails done, taking Isabella to different parks, relaxing watching The Golden Girls, attending WWE wrestling events, and browsing through social media. You can find her posting stories and pictures of Isabella on Facebook, and Instagram. On Twitter you’ll find her tweeting about WWE wrestling, and trying to get The Rock to notice her (he has already tweeted her a few times in the past!) WWE is a common interest for her and her husband and they have attended many events in Ohio. They even made a trip to Texas in 2016 to attend the grandest stage of them all... WRESTLEMANIA! Lydia is excited to share her stories, and experiences as a first time mom with you. She knows she will learn a lot from everyone and hopes her stories can help others.