Cello's Charhouse

Categories: Restaurant

Cuisine: Steak house

Features: BYOB

Cost range: 10.01-20.0

Payment options: Cash only

Alcohol: No alcohol

Susan Cello and Ellen Young's restaurant has been an ill-kept Safety Harbor secret since 1998. The building itself is certainly loud enough, its exterior given over to a faux-cubist mural featuring a cello, wine, bread and two ladies with crazy grapefruit bosoms. Then inside? It's like a rec room heavily garnished with Rosie the Riveter posters and other World War II memorabilia, the ceiling a neck-kink hazard of photo collages. There is no liquor license, so bring your own and Ellen will open it for you while walking you through the brief menu. In short, pick a protein, all of it purchased fresh that morning at the store and minimally messed with (not even salt and pepper) before being thrown on the grill and accompanied by a choice of sauce. With it comes a lot. Meals begin with a plate of toasted, seasoned flatbread triangles and a bowl of beer cheese soup topped with buttered popcorn, then a house salad and entree accompaniments like a duo of fresh cheese ravioli and a whole grilled carrot.

Hours: 5:30-9 p.m. Tue.-Sat.

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Cello's Charhouse - Safety Harbor