Seven of us had dinner at the Charco Broiler in Ft. Collins, CO early in May 2014. The Charco Broiler is in a fairly old building with older, western décor inside. There is a full bar and lounge and a couple different dining areas. We were warned that the décor was dated and a bit "old timey" but that the food was very good.
I ordered the rib eye steak medium rare and with baked potato. The 1 1/2" thick steak was seasoned deliciously and was so tender I nearly didn't have to chew. It was delicious. However, the steak was definitely cooked only rare most of the way through. The outer edges were medium-rare as requested but the center was definitely barely cooked. At least it was hot throughout. The steak was good enough in flavor that I took home a "doggie bag" and cooked it up for lunch the next day. The baked potato was fluffy and well cooked. It did not seem like a microwave spud. I asked for butter and chives on it. The waitress was aware enough to tell me they don't use chives but would chop some onion greens. Quite often other restaurants will serve the chopped onions when, if fact, you order chives, they just don't tell you.
Perhaps part of the reason for the under cooked steak is that all the others at our table ordered sandwiches, salads, or other light meals, while I was the only one with a steak. Maybe they hurried my meal a bit to keep up with the short orders. The short order meals were in the $10 - $16 range. My meal cost about $24.
I would go here again for their steak but would probably order medium, or at least ask them what there Med, Med-Rare, and Rare really are.
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