Reviews from The SOG City Oracle

  • Outback Steakhouse in Tampa

    Outback Steakhouse

    I keep hearing and reading negative comments about "chain" restaurants, but this is the second "chain" ribeye I have enjoyed (the first was at Longhorn on South Dale Mabry) that was so far superior to the $47 Malio's ribeye that was so tough and devoid of flavor that I couldn't even force myself to eat it. The $47 bone-in ribeye at Eddie V's a few weeks later still couldn't compare with Longhorn and Outback. And, how much was that Outback ribeye? How about $29! I think that was the same price as the Longhorn steak.

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  • Seared 1200 Chophouse in St. Petersburg Beach

    Seared 1200 Chophouse

    My rib eye was very flavorful, though a little chewy in places. It was cooked to a perfect medium rare and came with a large bowl of spinach - maybe too much spinach. I couldn't finish it all, but it was good - and, healthful.

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  • Oceanaire Seafood Room in Washington

    Oceanaire Seafood Room

    For our entrées my bride chose the incredibly delightful Fish and Chips while I enjoyed the Cioppino, probably the best San Fransisco fisherman's stew that I have ever tasted. It was loaded with perfectly prepared scallops, mussels, shrimp, and fish in a tasty broth with just the right amount of spice and came with a toasty bread that was vital for sopping up any remaining broth that the spoon could not accommodate.

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  • Aquaknox in Tampa


    Like their predecessor with an aquatic theme, Aqua Bar and Grill was inconsistent and disappointing. I don't envision a return visit. What a shame! I really had high hopes.

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  • Eddie V's Prime Seafood in Tampa

    Eddie V's Prime Seafood

    All four steaks were prepared as ordered: two medium and two medium rare. The ladies seemed to be pleased with their filets - crispy on the outside and loaded with flavor. The same was true with the guys and the ribeyes, although the center part of each ribeye chewed like a not-well-marbled choice as opposed to the advertized prime.

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  • Oystercatchers At The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay in Tampa

    Oystercatchers At The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

    The grilled grouper, salmon, scallop, and shrimp were shear perfection. The same cannot be said for the half Florida lobster tail. The meat did not remove cleanly from the shell - bits of meat stayed behind, firmly attached to the interior of the shell. That is a sign of old age or over cooking.

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  • Charley's Steakhouse & Market Fresh Fish in Tampa

    Charley's Steakhouse & Market Fresh Fish

    Somebody (me?) must have been in full gastronomic quiver mode when Sweet Polly's filet mignon prepared "Oscar style"...topped with a fried soft-shelled crab and hollandaise sauce was photographed. I converted the fuzzy picture to a classic oil painting style, and it looks pretty darn tasty.

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  • Malios in Tampa


    I am just going to cut to the chase and start by saying that my dining experience last night at Malio's Prime Steakhouse was one of the worst I have ever had. And that is a crying shame, because we had dined many times over the years at Malio's on Dale Mabry before they shut down, and we enjoyed every visit...

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  • Timpano Italian Chop House in Tampa

    Timpano Italian Chop House

    I had intended to take my bride out to dinner and a movie last night at the Hyde Park Cobb CineBistro. I had purchased the tickets in advance, on-line, for the new Jolie flick Salt that opened on the 23rd...

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