Brothers serve home cooking at Chuck Wagon Restaurants

By Nancy Eagleton….

Pictured (l-r) are Chuck Wagon Restaurant owners Maher, Mike and Masen Lewis.

When you visit one of the three Chuck Wagon Restaurants in Kendall, as their motto says, you’ll enjoy “good food served by good people.”

The restaurants are a family affair, owned and operated by three brothers who grew up in Miami — Mike Masen and Maher Lewis. They have a western theme and down-home atmosphere where the brothers, along with their faithful staff, serve up good old American comfort food in a friendly, old-fashioned way.

The three brothers are in their respective restaurants seven days a week to greet their customers. Oldest brother, Mike, manages the Bird Road location, which opened in 1979. Masen manages the original Chuck Wagon on SW 117th Avenue, which has been owned by the family since 1986 and in business since the early 1970s. The third location on SW 137th Avenue opened in 1998 and is managed by Maher.

Service with a smile is an understatement at the Chuck Wagon Restaurants. It’s this kind of personalized service that keeps customers coming back and the Chuck Wagon rolling along.

“Our servers really give of themselves,” Maher said. “They get to know our customers by name and make them feel comfortable. We’re like a family and this is our second home.”

Mike added, “We have staff members who have been with us for 15, 20 and 25 years, and have served three generations. Some or our customers come in every day and order the same thing, so when our servers see them arriving, their order is placed for them before they even get in the restaurant.”

The menu at the Chuck Wagon has something for everyone and delicious down-home breakfast choices are served anytime. Comfort food favorites include meat loaf and mashed potatoes, patty melt, country fried steak, cornbread and the famous “Chuck Wagon” — home fries topped with cheese and two eggs, any style.

On the lighter side, try an egg white omelet or a Greek, Caesar or chef salad. Homemade chef specials are offered daily, like beef stew, roast pork and turkey with all the traditional “fixin’s.” You might even find a Spanish special on the menu, such as Paella.

“Our turkey dinner is a customer favorite,” said Mike, who offers it in his location every Thursday. “Why wait until the holidays to enjoy turkey, dressing and homemade gravy?”

Bring the whole family to the Chuck Wagon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and one child will eat free with the purchase of each entrée. The Chuck Wagon locations can cater business meetings or birthday, holiday and anniversary parties at one of their restaurants or at your home or office.

“We work with our customers to create a menu that works for their group and occasion,” Maher said. “We can grill onsite or bring prepared dishes. There are many different options.”

The Chuck Wagon Restaurant locations, phone numbers are: 7355 Bird Rd., 305-266-4979; 7628 SW 117 Ave., 305-274-2263, and 11230 SW 137 Ave., 305-386-1555.

Hours at all locations are Monday-Saturday 6:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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