Tender, juicy, delicious—steak is nature’s reward to those at the top of the food chain. Today’s Groupon—good at the Gallagher’s Steak House in Tampa—gets you $75 worth of steaks, seafood, and beverages for $29. An offshoot of the historic New York flagship restaurant, this Channelside location pays homage to the original with a no-nonsense, meat-and-potatoes approach to fine dining, foregoing unnecessary trappings like overpriced meat barometers and crystal salad spoons."P'raps if we should find the culprit, the baron'll feed us handsome at the wedding! It'll be cakes an' steaks f'r us, me lad!"
Taverna Opa serves up a bounty of authentic Greek cuisine within a channel-side bistro that evokes the sun-soaked colors of the Mediterranean. During dinner, placate pyromaniacal palates with fire-kissed flavors, including spit-fire-roasted lamb with thyme, rosemary, oregano, and garlic ($18), wood-fire-grilled filet-mignon medallions topped with roasted tomato and served with lemon potatoes and asparagus ($23), or skewered shrimp kebabs marinated with lemon and orange zest, garlic, and white wine ($18).
Living up to your dad's legacy can be tough when your dad was George Steinbrenner's go-to guy. Malio Iavarone often hosted "The Boss" during his tenure as the Yankees manager, serving him steaks at the original Malio's Steakhouse on South Dale Mabry. Today, Malio's son Derek works to produce similar hype at a new, swankier location in Rivergate Tower, where the one-word difference in the venue's name—"Prime" hints at the USDA Prime beef cooked within—belies the recipes’ faithful adherence to tradition.
Each steak, from the New York strip to the filet, receives a simple yet meticulously scattered dash of salt and pepper. Couples can even go all-out with a 40-oz. prime porterhouse for two, admittedly a more filling romantic dinner than catching and swallowing each other’s blown kisses. Aside from tender cuts of beef, the menu at Malio's boasts lamb and veal chops as well as lobster tails and Chilean sea bass cooked several ways, including blackened, Theresa-style, and pan-fried.
Like the patrons who like their steaks rare, Malio’s Prime Steakhouse seems enamored with the color red. Broad red columns stand between the windows overlooking the waterfront, and framed works by Joe Testa-Secca—Art Professor Emeritus at the University of Tampa—hang over the crimson semicircular booths. The reds from a list of more than 200 wines complete the motif.
When healthy eaters crave pizza, Pizza Fusion is the destination. Pizza Fusion bases their restaurant on the belief that pizza does not have to be junk food. Their selection of pizzas, sandwiches, desserts and drinks are made with organic ingredients that are also ecologically friendly. The owners of Pizza Fusion believe that their food should be good for their customers as well as the environment. They also believe healthy food should taste good. Pizza Fusion offers traditional, vegan and vegetarian options. They stock natural sodas and teas, as well as organic beers and wine. At Pizza Fusion, pizza lovers receive the full pizzeria experience without any of the guilt.
Aged, Hand-Cut Steaks | Award-Winning Wine Selection | Renowned Dessert Room | Farm-Fresh Vegetables
What's in a Name: Bern Laxer once vowed to never enter the restaurant business. Thankfully, that vow didn't last, and after running a successful luncheonette with his wife, Gert, Bern opened Bern's Steak House in March of 1956. These days, Bern and Gert's son, David, oversees the family business.
While You're Waiting: Peruse a list of the more than half a million bottles stocked in Bern's wine cellar. Recipient of Wine Spectator's 2013 Grand Award, the list—updated four times a year—includes more than 5,500 reds, 1,000 whites, and 200 table wines by the glass.
When to Go: Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance during Bern's busy season during October–March, so either mark your calendars ahead of time or try your luck during the spring and summer months.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Stop by the steak house's sister restaurant, SideBern's (2208 W. Morrison Avenue). Initially an after-dinner alternative to the Harry Waugh Dessert Room, SideBern's now showcases new American cuisine by James Beard semi-finalist Chad Johnson.
They say that flattery is the food of fools, while regional Mediterranean fare is the food of well-adjusted, attractive urbanites. With this Groupon, $35 gets you $75 worth of Mediterranean cuisine and drink at SideBern's, a Tampa eatery serving locally sourced fare that’s been widely praised by national and local media. This deal the perfect opportunity to see what all the buzz is about.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.