Steaks, along with black coffee, entire pies, and eau de lawnmower, are an essential part of the 1950s Tough Gent’s Diet Plan. Flaunt dinner’s rugged side with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get a five-course dinner for two from the tasting menu at Max & Sam’s Bar & Grill in St. Petersburg (up to a $100 value). Dinner for two includes:
- One appetizer (up to an $11 value)
- Two bowls of soup (a $7 value each)
- Two complimentary house salads
- Two entrees (up to a $30 value each)
- Two desserts (a $7 value each)<p>
Max & Sam’s Bar & Grill carries on a classic neighborhood-chophouse tradition with hand-cut steaks and seafood served within dark-wood-paneled walls built in 1924 and brushed against by the likes of Al Capone, Marilyn Monroe, and Joe DiMaggio. Under the gaze of jazz-age crooners swirled onto framed canvases, soaking up aromatic inspiration for their next musical meditation on cheese grits, the five-course meal kicks off its culinary set list with parmesan-crusted beef tips or calamari. Bowls of the chef’s french-onion or soup du jour, depending on whether jour is in season, set the scene for a simple house salad of mixed greens and veggies.
For the main event, summon an 18-ounce new york strip steak classically blackened or decadently topped with a red-wine demi-glacé, red-onion marmalade, and melted maytag blue cheese. Or forgo the steak and opt for the pork osso buco, chicken blackened baguta, or shrimp scampi. After devouring rich desserts, guests may linger while the house pianist taps outs bluesy notes that bounce as melodically off the stained glass as pennies thrown at a symphony orchestra.
1700 Park St. N
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33710