Tampa, Florida’s human habitation can be traced back to around five hundred before Christ. At one time Spain claimed all of Florida as their own but were unable to establishment a settlement. The more modern history of Tampa begins in 1880 with the first railroad link going into the area. This caused a boom in cigar and phosphate industries. As a result of the growing cigar industry, this brought in immigrants like Italians, Cubans and Spaniards.
According to the 2017 census, Tampa has a population of just under four hundred thousand. Because there are more White Collar workers in Tampa there is an expansion in high end restaurants giving a lot of competition in the “steak-house” business.
Mailio’s Steakhouse was first opened in 1969. Following in his parents restaurant ownership footsteps, Malio Lavarone wanted to create a steakhouse which served the finest food with excellent service. Considering he has been open for over thirty-five years, and gets rave reviews on the internet, I think he is doing something right.
Located in the beautiful Rivergate Tower, Malio’s Steakhouse strives to bring art to the community. They change out their artwork periodically to feature a local artist. This is awesome as you will get to view great works of local artists each time you go.
As a matter of fact, Malio’s Steakhouse is walking distance to the Starz Performing Arts Center and the Glazer Children’s Museum. You can also visit the Curtis Hixon Park or roam around the Tampa Museum of Art.
Noted as one of George Steinbernner’s favorite places to visit, Malio’s Steakhouse has been featured in the NY Daily News, St. Petersburg Times and The Wall Street Journal. Not many restaurants can say they have had this much coverage by such widely read papers.
The menu has an awesome selection of sandwiches, entrees and salads for lunch beginning at twelve dollars a plate. You can enjoy Happy Hour Monday through Friday from three to seven in the evening. Try their Oysters on the Half Shell or their Escargot you will not be disappointed. Stay for dinner and try a steak or seafood entrée or the Fresh Pasta dishes are sure to please.
The next steakhouse that caught my attention is Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. Located on the corner of Boy Scout Boulevard and Lois Avenue, Fleming’s is popular among the business crowd. With a wide variety of locally picked wines and hand-crafted cocktails you will find the atmosphere one that will draw you back again and again.
You may have just missed their Whiskey and Wine dinner which paired a five-course Chef’s dinner with whiskey barrel-aged wine or hand-crafted cocktails, but there are weekly events you should know about.
Sunday brunch is a local favorite. Their Crispy Chicken & Waffles served with toasted pecan-maple syrup and fresh barriers is an awesome way to start the day. Every week they have their Tomahawk Tuesday where you can bring your favorite sweetie for a double feature: thirty-five-ounce prime rib, salad, sides and desserts for a more than reasonable price. If you get the Sunday blues head over the Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar for All Day Happy Hour. Beginning at eleven in the morning, you can sit back and cheer on your favorite team.
Tired of making Thanksgiving Dinner? Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has a classic three-course meal planned just for you. For only forty-two-dollars per person, how can you go wrong having dinner cooked, served and cleaned up with no fuss. Bring the whole family, they are sure to thank you for changing up the holidays a bit.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has Private Dining Directors to help you make your next holiday even a success. Be sure to book your event before November fourth to take advantage of their “earn fifty-dollars in dining cards for every five hundred dollars spent”.
Just look at the internet and you will see over four hundred reviews with a four plus star rating. You will not be disappointed when you choose Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar as your next fancy meal out.
Bern’s Steakhouse was a long history in the making. Bern was grew up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He served in World War II then returned to New York where he met if future wife Gert. After school Bern went into the advertising business.
They had planned to move to California but went to Tampa, Florida instead to visit one of Bern’s aunts. She had been running a Chinese restaurant for almost forty years and Bert and Gert swore they would never get into the restaurant business. However, they bought a small luncheonette which served cold sandwiches, orange juice and coffee.
Wanting to expand on breakfast choices, they opened earlier and started serving cold breakfast. Eventually they added hot breakfast and lunch with homemade doughnuts. They finally ended up purchasing a beer bar in a small strip mall and just grew and grew after that. With three hundred and fifty guest seats and forty-eight private rooms, Bern’s has become a local favorite for an intimate dinner.
Today, Bern’s is run by their son, David and Gert visits when possible. With over two thousand four hundred reviews online. Bern’s really is a staple in the Tampa restaurant world.
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