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keith
30-12-2011, 10:11 PM
Few places tried so far .... I'll have forgotten some I'm sure

victoria and albert in the grand floridian (christmas day)
The highlight for sure. Even more expensive than usual given christmas day and no discounts because it was a holiday which meant the 20%+ tip kinda hurt too ;-)
That aside, wonderful from start to finish. Perfect service and wonderful food. Can't recommend it highly enough

California grill (christmas eve)
This one can be variable for sure both service and food. We started by arriving an hour early and asking for a window table. They obviously hate this and gave us the whole "it'll be hours until we can help you" talk. Anyway we stuck it out and in the event there were loads of free tables by the window even for the fireworks (why so weird about it then????) and we were seated promptly. The view was just to die for and the food was every bit as good as expected. It's just a shame they're a bit... hmmmm..... up themselves ;-) sometimes.

Golden corall
opposite end of the scale but this one by the premium outlet mall doesn't disappoint. Hot food, incredible variety and helpful staff. For a few meagre dollars there was a beef joint from which to carve, all sorts of chicken, chinese, fries... I popped into the kitchen pretending to lose my way to the loos just to see if it was a horror scene or anything and it looked to me extremely clean. I know people don't rate this place highly and yah, it's not V&A ;-) but when you want lunch and have no idea what you want, I can recommend this one.

Longhorn Steakhouse (on US 192)
These seem to spring up all over but we'd never tried before. I tried a ribeye which was OK but as lower end steak joints tend to do, covered in some kind of herb/spices. Having said that it was hot and flavoursome. Chicken salad was as usual MASSIVE. Wine was cheap enough but they didn't really know what to do with it ;-) took an age to open, no opportunity to taste etc. No range of sauces for the steak either (no peppercorn, au poivre etc.). All in all good hot, tasty food but a heck of a long way away from charleys/ruths chris/mortons etc.). I would go again but you get what you pay for. Casual atmosphere, middle of the road food.
PS we were shown to a very small booth for two despite the place being 90% empty and there being loads of larger booths. They had trouble fitting the plates on our tiny table :/ whyyyyyy?

KFC (US192)
I had to include this because I went on a dare from the guys back home. At work we have KFC a little too often for lunch and we joke about how awful the staff are. Very obviously students who dont wanna be there but want the cash. In the UK KFCs we go to you often here " we're out of chicken what else do you want". Well what else do you have in KFC other than chicken???? "nothing." LOL oh dear... so they dared me to try a US KFC thinking it'd be the home of KFC so must be better right? WRONG!
We got there about 9:20pm and they'd stopped cooking chicken so were asking people if they'd rather have more fries instead? Otherwise theyd have to put in more chicken and it'd take 50 minutes!!!! Anyway, enough people moaned that they reluctantly threw some more chicken in... then the assistant manager tried to throw half the queue out because it was 10pm closing time! She REALLLLLY lost it and had a major meltdown.
We got to the front of the queue at about 10:40pm well over an hour after going for some quick service food, the guy said "erm oh sorry we forgot to put yours in what would you like instead? some more sides or something?" erm no, I'd like what we ordered please? so another 20 minutes whilst they cooked them.
The food once obtained was ok pretty standard KFC except potato wedges rather than the UK fries. However, mega management failure at this place and I can only recommend going if you happen to be someone in KFC corporate and you want a "fixer-upper" project.

Dragon Court
Decent enough Chinese. Not expensive, smaller selection than most on the buffet but watch out for the 3pm change to the more expensive dinner menu! if they can, they'll stick you on this one even at 2:30 when the dinner items (which are mainly just fish based) aren't out yet!

New york china super buffet
hmmmm well. No alcohol served here which is a turn off for me right away. Other than that a huge selection of food, all medium-hot. All very average and nothing special at all.

Cheesecake factory (mall at millenia)
superb as always. Love the omlettes! Wait times up to two hours at times through this vacation!

Ruby Tuesday (florida mall)
Menu hasn't been all that good for years now and the service is average at best :( we keep trying it because it's convenient but avoid any high price items as they won't do them justice. Stick to it as a place for a sit down with expensive snacks and you'll be ok. (they do have free att wifi though)

Charleys Steakhouse (celebration)
Superb as always! We always love this place. Sadly theyve changed out the great bread for some kind of soft onion bread which we don't care for. If you want a great steak though this is the place! This is to longhorn steakhouse as rolls royce are to kia cars :lol: definitely recommended (sign up to their vip club for $25 off coupons)

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Everyone always tells me this is a cut above Charleys and I can see that. It's a little more upmarket in terms of layout and service although pricing is very similar. This probably edged out Charleys for top steakhouse spot this time around! Very highly recommended

Mortons steakhouse
Ach what to say what to say. I've been to Mortons in other Cities and it's just an utterly reliable, top end steakhouse. In Orlando the atmoshere is lacking and they just haven't captured what Mortons is all about IMHO. Stick to Ruth's Chris

Johnie
30-12-2011, 11:02 PM
:tongue: I have the exact same thing happen when we go to KFC here! How does a place run out of chicken when it is in their NAME?? So strange.

Love Cheesecake Factory. If you go back, try the sweet corn tamale cakes on the app menu. SOOOo good, not spicy at all. It is my fave app.

And I don't know who says we are in a recession, cause you sure can't tell when we go out to eat!

foreverducky
31-12-2011, 12:27 AM
I love buffets and do enjoy Golden Corral. They serve this bourbon chicken that is to die for. I mean absolutely delicious. I fill a plate just of that. It's just that good.

KFC: haven't eaten here in about 3-4 years, but I'm always confused on how the popcorn chicken can cost more than the regular chicken. Really, it's just more bread in all reality.

The Cheesecake Factory. Outrageously expensive, but man oh man, so freaking tasty!

Johnie
31-12-2011, 12:57 AM
I don't think CF is more expensive than other restaurants of its ilk. I think when everyone starts to get their own piece of cheesecake that the costs spirals up! :tongue:

I think the buffet chains really depend on what area you go to. I have been to GC and the like here and they are ok. I've been to them in much smaller towns and they are really good.

Tink
31-12-2011, 04:03 AM
A serious problem with Longhorn is that it truly depends upon which one you are in. We aren't fans of the ones on 192. :(

We like the one at Winter Garden Village, and have come to know the main manager there.

However, it is a low end budget steakhouse by all means. :yes:

KFC? Oh, no no no no. :nono: If you want fried chicken go to Publix. Seriously. :yes:

Wendy
31-12-2011, 11:25 AM
Wow, you've been to some places Keith :D I can't remember the last time we actually ate at a Disney restaurant, it would have been YSH, but I can't remember when :lol:

You really should give the Hickory Steakhouse a try if you have time, I think you will both really like it :)

We went to the Longhorn on the 192 (near Target) when it first opened and it was really nice, we went this year and we wouldn't go back, very disappointed. I agree with Tink, the Longhorn at Winter Garden is very nice :yes:


KFC? Oh, no no no no. :nono: If you want fried chicken go to Publix. Seriously. :yes:

We have the fried chicken sub from Publix, it's really nice, you won't be disappointed. Oh and if you want some ice cream, their vanilla and strawberry ice creams are very nice :D

Slowhand
31-12-2011, 11:43 AM
Great mini reviews on your eateries Keith. :thumbsup: [You omitted to mention the Columbia though. :unsure:]
I guess the Longhorn must be a bit hit and miss as we too have visited the one on US192 [near to Target] several times and as we have never been disappointed, we shall sure be back there.
I keep saying this to you but I must get you to visit the YSH sometime and arrange for Ricardo to be your server. Even if the steak is inferior to some other restaurants you may have tried, this will be offset by Ricky`s "entertainment". :lol:
As Wendy said, the Hickory is well worth a visit too.

Wendy
31-12-2011, 12:14 PM
Great mini reviews on your eateries Keith. :thumbsup: [You omitted to mention the Columbia though. :unsure:]

:yes: how could you forget the Columbia: :thud:


I keep saying this to you but I must get you to visit the YSH sometime and arrange for Ricardo to be your server. Even if the steak is inferior to some other restaurants you may have tried, this will be offset by Ricky`s "entertainment". :lol:


Oh definitely, Ricardo is lovely :yes:

Tink
31-12-2011, 01:02 PM
Hey! HEy! HEY!!!! Haven't you been to Yellow Dog? :eek: :mental: OMG!!!!

Wendy
31-12-2011, 02:24 PM
Hey! HEy! HEY!!!! Haven't you been to Yellow Dog? :eek: :mental: OMG!!!!

OMG .............. the pulled pork is delicious :yes: Chris had Mr Smokey and I can't remember what I had :lol: all I know is that it was wonderful :D Just remember that chips are crisps :lol: even now Chris still forgets :lol:

You won't have it in your faves on the gps though because we only went this year :lol:

Kate
31-12-2011, 03:39 PM
Is dragon court the one on international drive? by the titanic thingy? :unsure:

keith
31-12-2011, 04:05 PM
Is dragon court the one on international drive? by the titanic thingy? :unsure:

No, that's the very cheap, but rather poor quality China Jade :yes:

keith
01-01-2012, 07:07 AM
Columbia Restaurant Celebration
Im trying very hard not to eat EVERY meal here it's so good. The filet mignon "chacho" is just superb. Wonderful bourbon flavour flambe at the table and just tastes sooooo good I want to lick the plate clean.

Le Cellier EPCOT
Well it's more expensive than it ever was ($45+ for a some of the steaks). Some nice choices on the menu though compared to previously. Quality of food was so so... a bit like someone who knew what they were doing created the menu but then left someone less experienced to cook it :/ I mean it was ok, but the flavours were often battling each other and it all tasted quite intense and overwhelming really. For park food, I'm tempted to say give it a try but much better food can be had offsite for less.

Nine Dragons EPCOT
Ah yes well as usual really except a few "normal" options like half a chicken for folks who don't get on with the chinese options. Dishes were competently and consistently cooked but lack flair. Again, for chefs doing their work for 500 people in a park with high table turnaround, not sure we can moan too loudly but it's been some years since I've been delighted by the menu or performance here.


I haven't yet tried yellow dog eats but I must do :D

I haven't yet been to YSH because with all the off site delights since having a car I've been a bit spoilt :/

Hickory steakhouse I WANT to try but I was put off by the line "we cook all our steaks in a mixture of special herbs/spices..." hmmmmm hmmmmm :) I know I'm picky but I'm generally not pleased with steak that's been flavoured in that way :/ I kinda like a steak that can hold its own without extras :lol: I may be wrong, I should give it a try I guess

catrancher
01-01-2012, 01:22 PM
Whispers quietly in Keith's ear:


Berns

Tom (:macwave:... ohhh... that's not so quietly...)

Kate
01-01-2012, 04:26 PM
No, that's the very cheap, but rather poor quality China Jade :yes:

Oh we quite like it!! :lol:

keith
01-01-2012, 06:03 PM
Oh we quite like it!! :lol:

Well huge portions ;-) :lol:

keith
01-01-2012, 08:05 PM
Whispers quietly in Keith's ear:


Berns

Tom (:macwave:... ohhh... that's not so quietly...)

Booked for the 3rd ;)

catrancher
01-01-2012, 08:12 PM
Booked for the 3rd ;)

I'll be most interested in your review of that one! :yes:

Tom (:macwave:... yummy!)

Tink
01-01-2012, 08:15 PM
Really?! How nice! You know? We've never been. Will wait to hear from your experience...

Drive safely!

keith
01-01-2012, 08:55 PM
Yep we keep meaning to try it but never quite get there

This time we fancied a trip to Busch gardens so thought we would take the chance to visit Berns too :)

uscwest
01-01-2012, 11:08 PM
I'll be most interested in your review of that one! :yes:

Tom (:macwave:... yummy!) Yes me too. I've only been once and that was over 20 years ago.

keith
02-01-2012, 07:12 AM
I think the question is going to be how to choose what thickness of steak and what steak type to go for! There are rather a lot of options!

Johnie
02-01-2012, 09:04 AM
Rib eye is my fave cut of meat

Wendy
02-01-2012, 11:10 AM
I would just choose the cut you normally have and then you have got something to compare the steak at Berns with :) I always go for filet :D

catrancher
02-01-2012, 01:11 PM
I think the question is going to be how to choose what thickness of steak and what steak type to go for! There are rather a lot of options!

I'm sure your server will be able to provide some guidance.
Perhaps sometime during the tour of the wine cellar and kitchen. :dine:

Tom (:macwave:... can I come too!)

catrancher
02-01-2012, 01:16 PM
I would just choose the cut you normally have and then you have got something to compare the steak at Berns with :) I always go for filet :D

Ahh... but you see Wendy, at this place, it's not just the cut of meat. You also have to choose the thickness. Filet's come in thicknesses between 1 and 2 inches in 1/8 to 1/4 inch increments! :mental:

Tom (:macwave:... so many choices!)

Wendy
02-01-2012, 01:19 PM
Ahh... but you see Wendy, at this place, it's not just the cut of meat. You also have to choose the thickness. Filet's come in thicknesses between 1 and 2 inches in 1/8 to 1/4 inch increments! :mental:

Tom (:macwave:... so many choices!)

Too much choice for me then :lol: :lol: I don't think I would be bothered with it :lol:

Slowhand
02-01-2012, 01:57 PM
Perhaps sometime during the tour of the wine cellar and kitchen.

Yep, make sure that you do the tour Keith. The wine celler is amazing. :thumbsup:

uscwest
02-01-2012, 10:18 PM
I don't even remember the tour being an option when I was last there. Either that or my cousin, who took me didn't tell me.

Watchinherskip
03-01-2012, 04:27 PM
Columbia Restaurant Celebration
Im trying very hard not to eat EVERY meal here it's so good. The filet mignon "chacho" is just superb. Wonderful bourbon flavour flambe at the table and just tastes sooooo good I want to lick the plate clean.

Le Cellier EPCOT
Well it's more expensive than it ever was ($45+ for a some of the steaks). Some nice choices on the menu though compared to previously. Quality of food was so so... a bit like someone who knew what they were doing created the menu but then left someone less experienced to cook it :/ I mean it was ok, but the flavours were often battling each other and it all tasted quite intense and overwhelming really. For park food, I'm tempted to say give it a try but much better food can be had offsite for less.

Nine Dragons EPCOT
Ah yes well as usual really except a few "normal" options like half a chicken for folks who don't get on with the chinese options. Dishes were competently and consistently cooked but lack flair. Again, for chefs doing their work for 500 people in a park with high table turnaround, not sure we can moan too loudly but it's been some years since I've been delighted by the menu or performance here.


I haven't yet tried yellow dog eats but I must do :D

I haven't yet been to YSH because with all the off site delights since having a car I've been a bit spoilt :/

Hickory steakhouse I WANT to try but I was put off by the line "we cook all our steaks in a mixture of special herbs/spices..." hmmmmm hmmmmm :) I know I'm picky but I'm generally not pleased with steak that's been flavoured in that way :/ I kinda like a steak that can hold its own without extras :lol: I may be wrong, I should give it a try I guess


:point:Keith, cows across this land quake and tremble at the mention of your name!!!

Wendy
03-01-2012, 04:31 PM
:point:Keith, cows across this land quake and tremble at the mention of your name!!!

:lol: :lol:

Beccaberry
03-01-2012, 04:34 PM
I'm starving after having read that :) Seriously. Starving.

keith
04-01-2012, 04:10 AM
Well we re currently sitting in our very own dessert room upstairs at berns. It's made from old wine casks and is very private. There's a selector for music for our room and a button and phone to call the server

It's beyond amazing as the whole evening has been

Strangely the price is no more than Ruth's Chris perhaps a little less but the service is V&a level

Truly amazing

catrancher
04-01-2012, 11:34 AM
Told ya! :taunt:

:happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

I rest my case! :dine:

Tom (:macwave:... my work here is done!)

Slowhand
04-01-2012, 01:59 PM
Well we re currently sitting in our very own dessert room upstairs at berns. It's made from old wine casks and is very private. There's a selector for music for our room and a button and phone to call the server


Those booths where you have desert remind me of certain railway carriages with corridors and compartments, very intimate though eh?
Glad that you enjoyed it Keith. :thumbsup:

uscwest
04-01-2012, 05:14 PM
One more thing I didn't even know about. Did you have to request the dessert room?

keith
04-01-2012, 05:49 PM
One more thing I didn't even know about. Did you have to request the dessert room?

Yeah They seem to suggest you do so when you first sit down so they can reserve you your very own "room" :yes:

In our case they asked us early on and they said they would reserve us a room for after we did the kitchen and wine cellar tour. The tour was worth going for by itself!

Beccaberry
04-01-2012, 06:17 PM
Sooooooooo putting this on my list for next trip.....

uscwest
04-01-2012, 07:44 PM
Sooooooooo putting this on my list for next trip.....

Definitely sounds like another trip to Tampa should be on my agenda.

catrancher
04-01-2012, 07:46 PM
Are we going to get a complete review? Or just tantalizing bits? :unsure:

Tom (:macwave:... salivating...)

Wendy
04-01-2012, 08:31 PM
Are we going to get a complete review? Or just tantalizing bits? :unsure:

Tom (:macwave:... salivating...)

Keith and a complete review in the same sentence - don't hold your breath Tom :lol:

He'll be on his way home soon :sigh: wish the weather was a bit nicer to welcome him home :shrug:

catrancher
04-01-2012, 08:37 PM
Keith and a complete review in the same sentence - don't hold your breath Tom :lol

Yeah. I just thought that since it's a restaurant, his enthusiasm might have gotten the better of him. :shrug:

Tom (:macwave:... not holding my breath...)

keith
04-01-2012, 08:39 PM
You never know ;)

keith
05-01-2012, 04:15 AM
The still pretty brief Bern's Steakhouse Review (part of the "cows everywhere be afraid, VERY afraid tour")

Being a huge fan of good dining, I've long known of the infamous Bern's Steakhouse. Even a quick look at their website will show that Bern's is not your run of the mill steak place. Extensive online menus invite you to think seriously about the thickness of steak you would like as well as the cut. Looking through the novel-a-like discussions on each menu item, I can't help wondering if it can be worth so much trouble! So with a mix of curiosity and apprehension, we set off on the seventy minute or so drive from Disney to Tampa.

It turns out to be a very easy drive most of the way to Bern's from Disney. I4W for 60 miles and you hit Tampa. The last file miles or so were of course, a bit of a nightmare of road works and tiny streets. Our GPS finally delivered us to a very lacklustre almost run down part of down and as we were about to give up and ask for directions we see a sign for Bern's on the side of the road. Can this be right? It's a very inauspicious looking building, nothing like what one would expect given the elegance of the menu.

A brief valet park ($5) later, we're shown inside and the true nature of Bern's is revealed. The lobby could not be more of a contrast with the outside. Outfitted in plush red, blacks and golds with a staircase wandering off to upstairs (more about upstairs later!). Our reservation is quickly and politely checked and we're whisked through a warren of corridors with elegant dining rooms flying by on either side as we arrive at our assigned table in the Bronze room.

Bern Laxer and his wife Gert started Bern's in 1956 but as neighbouring businesses closed, they bought up their space and added dining rooms. So the interior could not be more different from the uniform calculated open space of a chain restaurant. Dining rooms are all decorated differently, yet opulently and are all different shapes and sizes. I definitely have a plan to try them all!

Son David took over after his father was injured in an auto accident and lost his memory. We asked our server about what changes she'd seen in her thirty years of working at Bern's, after all, a change of ownership even within the family can bring many differences. She looked at us with a mixture of shock and confusion, "oh dear me no changes, I'm too old now to be bothered with any of THAT type of nonesense, that's why I love working at Bern's".

Well some things have changed for sure. Dining rooms are regularly updated and refurbished, there are now iphone/android menu apps and so on but at its core, what hasn't changed is Bern's attitude to ingredients, wine and perfection in everything they do. So much so that Bern's have their own farm, a 40-acre tract of land just of the Suncoast Parkway on which they grow everything they possible can for the restaurant to their own specifications.

Karen our wonderful guide/server to Berns explained the menu and encouraged us to say what we liked and didn't like. Rather than the expected pretentious demand for steak thickness to the 1/8th degree, she patiently listened to our preferences and then suggested a cut and size all the while explaining how they aged the beef meaning it would need less cooking time.

Every entrée came with onion soup, salad, baked potato, onion rings and we quickly realised that this wasn't a place which was out to charge an extra here and there.

Regular readers will know I'm not one for salad or onion soup either ;-) so I sat trying to get a look across the room at what the steaks would look like. Diners actually have plenty of space at Berns so your neighbouring tables aren't on your lap as in some places these days. When the onion soup arrived, Karen explained how it was topped with a mix of three cheeses and having earlier sized me up as a picky eater, told me I should try it because you never know. Indeed, I didn't know! It was delicious! The cheeses formed a wonderful topping to the delicate almost consommé style onion soup but yet the taste was strong enough to deliver its message to my taste buds and keep me going back for more.

A wonderful salad arrived next, sadly I just can't bring myself to "do" salad so I took on the next challenge, the 182 page wine list! This is one of those were to start moments since the selection truly is just too extensive to narrow down at the time unless you know your favourite but even then, what about trying something new and wonderful! In short, it's a no win situation table side and next time I'll plan to read the list offline and do some research because Bern's is the place to go for that wonderful wine you've heard about and long to try. We ordered a fairly pedestrian bottle which arrived quickly and was, unsurprisingly, perfect.

All the time little extras kept appearing. A wonderful bread with this course, a fantastic home made cracker with hot cheese with the wine I ordered and so on.

By the time the main course arrived I was already feeling a little more full than I would have liked. One quick note to us Europeans here, the entreés did arrive as we were still finishing the salads as is often the case in American restaurants. I'm very sure they would arrange for the customary European pause in between courses if asked.

The main course for me was a Delmonico (ribeye) medium well with au poivre sauce. It was done perfectly and melted in the mouth with a wonderfully juicy taste. I couldn't think how to better it and no size obsession was needed, Karen had specified it perfectly. DW's lamb chops were similarly perfect and served with a fabulously robust red wine sauce which was so flavoursome, it rivalled the au poivre sauce. Yet when dribbled sparingly on the lamb added to, rather than obscured, the underlying flavours of the meet.

All to soon the main course was over and the wine was no more. We settled up downstairs because we'd asked to take dessert in the special Harry Waugh Dessert Room upstairs. The next, pleasant, shock was the price. My steak was around $40 and the lamb around $35. Given the soup and sides had been included in that price, the total came to LESS than we were used to paying at Charleys and Ruth's Chris. Given the service was Victoria&Albert style, this was rather surprising! 12% service is added to every check which was more than fine with us and we topped it off to a more respectable gratuity level with pleasure.

Our wonderful server Karen then took us for a full tour of the expansive kitchen and wine cellars. It was very clear that Bern's wants control over everything. Everything they could build or grow themselves was done there. Everything was as spotlessly clean as you would hope and there was an evident air of pride emanating from the kitchen staff as they explained their areas.

Of course the highlight is the wine cellar. Thousands of different bottles sit there all lovingly tended. In the centre, padlocked, is the rare bottles vault which range in price from $200 to $30,000 and are packaged in plastic bags to ensure that even the labels are kept as perfectly as possible. We were regaled by stories of people flying in specially to take a rare bottle of wine and enjoying it with just steak sandwiches.

From there it was upstairs to the Harry Waugh Dessert Room. Everything up there is made from a wine cask or barrel and so you see a lot of curvey doors. Every party has its own cask like room along with a music selector and a call button for a server. The menu is, thankfully, not as extensive as downstairs but nevertheless has all sorts of cakes and coffees. We choose a delicious chocolate moose to share and some wonderful coffees. The atmosphere up there is hard to explain. Relaxing, personal, private all apply yet it's very much an experience and somewhere I would be a regular visitor if I lived in Tampa. They say that people come just for the dessert room and I can completely believe that!

Around 11:30pm the car valet arrived to say they were going home and could they leave our keys with us. Judging by the number of keys on his tray, we weren't the only ones that were finding it hard to leave.

Later on we finally, reluctantly, left and whilst getting into our car the wonderful Karen, on her way home, came over to thank us for coming and ask us how we enjoyed it. Again, pride was evident, this was someone who was done for the day but still cared passionately that everyone loved Bern's as much as she obviously did.

I said this was a brief review and though it may not seem like it, it really is. I've missed out so much detail, so many little touches which made the experience so great. I'll happily give Bern's and the staff there a full five stars and if I could give more I would! Thoroughly recommended to foodies (and drinkies) everywhere!

(yep Mr Tom! you were completely right with this remarkable recommendation :worship: )

Wendy
05-01-2012, 08:15 AM
It sounds wonderful Keith :yes: So you think it's worth the trip to Tampa then just for the meal :unsure:

catrancher
05-01-2012, 12:17 PM
yep Mr Tom! you were completely right with this remarkable recommendation :worship:

Delighted you enjoyed it so Keith! Excellent review by the way. It's really quite odd but you have to remember that I was a lad of 16 when I last went to Bern's. That'll give you some idea of how long ago it was. There's some experiences that just stick in your memory forever. Like my dad's comment regarding the wine cellar on the tour we took back then:


What a place for sophisticated drunks!
I felt an overwhelming desire to hide. :peekaboo:


So you think it's worth the trip to Tampa then just for the meal :unsure:

Wendy, I'd certainly say it is. In fact, now that the subject has surfaced again and is at the top of my memory stack, I think the next time my DW and I are down there, we may pop over to Tampa for a meal also.

Tom (:macwave:... medium rare please!)

Slowhand
05-01-2012, 03:35 PM
I know what you mean about the location of Berns Keith.
When we went with Ricardo and his family a few years ago, he made sure to central lock his car doors as we drove through the neighbourhood! :lol:

As you say though it`s amazing what transformation takes place once you enter the building.

Beccaberry
05-01-2012, 03:43 PM
Well, just, DROOL.

catrancher
05-01-2012, 04:19 PM
I know what you mean about the location of Berns Keith.
When we went with Ricardo and his family a few years ago, he made sure to central lock his car doors as we drove through the neighbourhood! :lol:

Hey! Don't knock the neighborhood. I used to live just a few block south of Bern's. Although my wife at that time had an uncle who was a Tampa cop and he used to look out for us!
Don't understand why the neighbors would hide when he came to visit. :unsure:

Actually if you follow Howard Avenue south for just a few more blocks, it dead ends on Bayshore Boulevard right on Hillsborough bay. There's quite a few beautiful homes lining Bayshore and overlooking the bay.

Tom (:macwave:... but this was years ago!)

uscwest
05-01-2012, 04:33 PM
Holy Cow (Pardon the Pun) but what a review. Thanks for this Keith.

Disneybumble
05-01-2012, 06:09 PM
Drool. I am so hungry now. So the car is worth it then:tongue: