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Chicken Charlie's opens restaurant in Clairemont

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A San Diego County Fair favorite is now offering year-round deep-fried goodies at a new restaurant in Clairemont. 

The wait is over for fried-food fans -- Chicken Charlie's FryBQ opened its doors Friday at 5407 Balboa Avenue.
Charlie has been dreaming of this day for years, but he had to figure out a way to create a menu that's fun, while still offering healthy options. As a father of two little ones now... he understands there has to be something else on the menu besides deep-fried Kool-aid.

"I have a lot of healthier options, and I think when they come and see they can choose, do you want fried, do you want grilled? Do you want baked, do you want chocolate sauce on it? You can decide," he said.

There's rotisserie chicken and salads -- healthier options for those counting calories. But there are also some items worth an extra trip to the gym.

"Our ribs here, delicious, to die for. Fall-off-the-bone ribs," Charlie said.

Within minutes of opening their doors, the place was already packed,mostly with Chicken Charlie's fans from the fair.

"I remember this place from the Del Mar Fair. It's just phenomenal food, absolutely, and really fun. The menu is really fun," one customer said.

So far, so good for the king of chicken who's hoping his restaurant doesn't "fowl" out.

"It's definitely not the fair. It's a big deal. I'm a little nervous, but the most important thing is we keep the food fresh, clean and good. If the food is good, I think the people will come," Charlie said.
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