Category Archives: Dining Discoveries

The Bern’s California Walk

Bern’s Steak House is not just a local Tampa institution, but a national one.  Although it’s one of the finest steak houses in the country, the primary reason to go is exploring the world’s largest operating wine cellar. While there … Continue reading

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The Burger

Anyone can take great meat and make a delicious burger (so long as they avoid overcooking it).  It takes a master to make a burger into something special.  Fortunately for me (and a bunch of other restaurant-goers in the Tampa … Continue reading

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Okay with Oakley’s

It’s the place you drive by a hundred times before you decide to stop.  It’s in that awkward-to-get-to little strip mall, wedged in between a DQ and a mattress shop.  It doesn’t have any parking to speak of, or a … Continue reading

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Dear Server

Dear Server, First of all, thank you for taking care of us tonight, although every time you use that phrase, I look around to make sure there’s no one sneaking up on me with black leather gloves and a silencer.  … Continue reading

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Being a Decent Diner

Spending a fair amount of time in restaurants and having worked in them when I was younger, I know how tough the job can be.  There’s no reason for us as patrons to make it even more difficult.  In fact, … Continue reading

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Back to Bern’s

A couple of our friends, Nate and Mary, are getting married and then moving away for an exciting opportunity owning a restaurant.  They wanted one final fling at Bern’s Steakhouse, one of America’s best, before they left.  We were happy … Continue reading

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Getting a Drink at Disney (Or Not)

I’m not often critical of Disney customer service.  They wrote the book on it.  Every company should follow their model.  Except when it comes to booze. The most difficult thing to deal with, at least at Disney World here in … Continue reading

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