Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bern's Steakhouse



What a fabulous weekend!!! We enjoyed lots of time playing and relaxing as a family. We haven't relaxed enough in recent memory. Last night we enjoyed a FABULOUS dinner at Bern's Steakhouse. If you ever visit Tampa, you need to go. Sweet friends from Raleigh were here visiting the Sunshine State, and we were able to enjoy a wonderful evening together. Some of our best friends here shared the name of their server, and that makes all of the difference when you have a great server. The meal was timed perfectly, and we enjoyed the Special Chateaubriand. It was one of the best steaks we've ever eaten. DH enjoyed the second half of mine today and said it still had the wonderful hickory and oak flavor we enjoyed last night. Our friends enjoyed their foie gras and a great bottle of wine. Our fabulous server made our meal. Cheese crackers are served before dinner, followed by French Onion soup and then a salad. The steaks are accompanied by a potato, green beans, carrots, and delicious homemade onion strings. YUM.


Bern's has the largest privately held wine cellar in the United States. To say it is impressive is an understatement. We all enjoyed the kitchen and wine cellar tour.

After dinner, we resigned to the Harry Waugh dessert room. Harry Waugh believed that dessert should be enjoyed in a room other than the dining room. It is to be savored and enjoyed with select dessert wines, port, cordials, et cetera. Last night DH ordered me a 15 year old Madeira. It was delicious and different. It was fun to drink it slowly and enjoy laughs and good conversation. We sat inside one of the wine casks and listened to live jazz music as we savored Baked Alaska, special bread pudding, macadamia nut ice cream, and key lime pie. What a night!

20 comments:

Marcie said...

Sounds so good! Miss you guys!!!

Imjustagirl said...

So glad you had a wonderful night at Berns. We have a good meals and well not so good meals there but, the desert room never disappoints!

Emily said...

Yum! Berns is one of my husband's favorite places (I like it too but since I don't eat steak I think some of the appeal is sort of lost on me...). The dessert floor is fabulous too!

Henley on the Horn said...

Just A Girl, I totally agree. We had had some great nights and some good nights, but last night was one of the VERY BEST. That special chateaubriand was so delicious & our server made the difference too! We spent 4 1/2 hours there just relaxing and enjoying our food! I didn't even overeat because I made myself eat SLOWLY. Go back & try the special chateaubriand; it was WELL worth it!! Marcie, we miss you too. Emily, are you in Tampa too?

Sherrie said...

It sounds like a fabulous evening. Glad you enjoyed yourselves. :)

Mrs. Expat said...

Good friends, good food and good wine. The perfect night out!

Housewife Bliss said...

sounds like a great night, the wine cellar would have been so nice to see. We had steak last night as well, I just love a good cut of beef. Glad that you had a fab weekend.

pink green & southern said...

A dessert floor?! I need one of those in my house!

Travelbug Mom said...

I want to get a flight to Tampa right away! Sounds so awesome. Glad you enjoyed your company.

sevenalstons said...

Yay ~ we'll be in Tampa in a few weeks and I can't wait to try this restaurant!!! Would you recommend it for children? If not, maybe we'll just try the dessert room :)

Trish said...

Oh that sounds absolutely divine. I am so thrilled that you were able to relax and enjoy with your friends. I TOTALLY agree that a good server can really make your experience, and it sounds like you had just the luck!

Next time I am in Tampa for work I am totally going to check out Bern's! I am going to be daydreaming about your chateaubriand ALL DAY!

Happy March XOXO

Henley on the Horn said...

SevenAlstons,
We did take our children to Bern's on our last anniversary. They loved being dressed up and using their best table manners. They don't have a children's menu, but somehow our children did eat chicken fingers. They have also been up to the dessert room. I think it depends on the ages of the children and if you feel like you'll be able to relax. It's more of an adult atmosphere, but we enjoyed our night with our children!! Trish, yes, you WILL have to try it!

Anonymous said...

I'm stuffed just reading your account! Glad you all got to enjoy some good times with friends! Ginny

CRICKET said...

We could all bring the idea of eating dessert into a different room at home.

sevenalstons said...

Thanks for the information! I look forward to giving it a try (my kids are 7-17 so I think we'll be okay. I can't wait!

3 Peanuts said...

Msss...sounds so delish...now I want steak.

The Hayden Family said...

That sounds like a truly amazing dining experience! Thanks for sharing! I am now craaaving a steak! And Baked Alaska!!!!!!

Jo said...

You evening out sounds wonderful! I love the idea of dessert in a different room.

Jo

bevysblog said...

Yum yum! And I love that you didn't have to order a hotdog this time! LOL

What a divine dinner with friends... I want a Berns in the thriving metropolis of Aiken!

Eloise said...

My husband ate at Bern's once on business and he absolutely raved about it (and he generally detests fancy business meals and steakhouses in general). He also really liked Tampa - came home talking about what a great city it was.