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going down to the superbowl- were are the best steaks in town

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    1. re: RibDog

      The real problem with this type of article is that it's only talking about the steaks and not the rest of the accompaniments or anything else for that matter. At Bern's the steak is great but the sides are mediocre to awful. Some people adore the over-the- top decor and the dessert room and some think it's ridiculous. The wine list is very comprehensive and the kitchen tour is fun. Most serious foodies wouldn't go back after having gone once. Salt Rock Grill is very good. Spoto's in Dunedin has a good filet and strip but the service and the other food is spotty. That's the biggest problem in the Tampa Bay area--the restaurants are notoriously inconsistent as to quality.

    2. Hands down as the locals will tell you it's Salt Rock Grille. I'm a huge foody and this place is to die for. If you really want to impress the hostess ask for Dale. He's been a server there for years. The ambiance is terrific and you can actually watch the grill as your steak cooks, I mean you'd have to leave your table, but you can see it. Just go there.

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      1. re: mattyk8787

        Great post, really--- but you cracked me up...
        "If you really want to impress the hostess ask for Dale"...

        Impress the hostess...

        Matty you're a frikkin' gem...

      2. By far, Bern's is best. People like to put it down and say it ain't what it used to be. Maybe not, but I have been going since the early 70's (I don''t live there) Bern's has one of the top wine lists in the world, and will sell great wines by the ounce at same price as whole bottle. They dry age the prime beef and grill over charcoal. I have NEVER had to send a steak back. Make their own salad dressing.. Grow their own organic vegetables. Roast their own coffee. Make all sauces, desserts, etc. Import sour cream from NYC. Top notch service. Nowhere else in Tampa will you find such a steak. There are some good chains there, like Cap Grille and Fleming's and some lesser ones like Palm and Ruth's Chris. None of them, repeat, none of them serve USDA Prime dry aged beef and that makes all the difference in the world. by the way, I have eaten at those other chains, in Tampa. Bern's it is. Good luck in getting a table

        1. My husband and I both love Charley's in Westshore. Not cheap, but really good. It's our celebratory "go-to" place.


          1. Whatever place you choose, you would be wise to make the reservation now. I would not be surprised if there are some places that are already booked for superbowl time.

            1. Steakman55 said it all. Bern's is the place to go for steaks in Tampa. Unfortunately, probably Bern's busiest weekend of the year is Superbowl weekend and the days after it. As RHNault said, you had better get a reservation now. There is a lot of showmanship at Bern's: the tour of the wine cellar, the tour of the kitchen, the oversized wine list with a medieval binding and cover, listing the largest wine collection in the United States, and last, but not least, the dessert room. Don't miss it. But aside from all the showmanship, these folks are serving prime, dry-aged steak that is better than anyone else's.

              If you can't get in to Bern's, these boards have been full of plaudits for Council Oaks Steak and Seafood at the Seminole gambling establishment just east of downtown Tampa. Another place the people writing on these boards like is Malio's in downtown Tampa. I haven't been there, either.

              Of the other steakhouses I have been to in Tampa, I prefer Shula's which is, of course, a chain, but a good one. I am less impressed with Charlie's and Ruth's Chris, but my perception is that women particularly like these two restaurants.

                  1. re: herbert1

                    That is Sideberns. But it is funny.

                1. The RIbeye at Parkshore Grill in St Petersburg. Beautiful spot, great service

                  1. if you want to go to berns and don't have time for the whole show, just ask to go to the bar, order a steak sandwich (made from the prime trimmings) and still get exceptional service and then indulge in dessert. The sandwich should set you back $12 or so.

                    1. As much as I love Berns. And as sure as I am that all the other steak restaurants mentioned here are, cook your own steak, especially if you plan to watch the game. Now, if you're from out of town, fine, head to Berns, the Palm, Flemmings or Capitol Grille. Otherwise, though, nothing beats grilling or broiling your own steak. You can buy the beer you want, watch the game in the comfort of your own home and enjoy the experience more than you would heading out to one of these restuarants for steak and then beating a path to a sports bar to watch the game.

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