Throwback to my 26th birthday dinner! Growing up in Tampa spoiled me because Bern’s Steakhouse (and more importantly the dessert room) is hard to beat, but Okeechobee Steakhouse comes in a close second. It boasts that it is the oldest steakhouse in Florida, started in 1947, and the steak and desserts are pretty darn good. Plus, we had won a $100 gift card in a silent auction last year, so we really had the chance to go all out!
My parents and teachers always told me to never judge a book by its cover, and this stands for the curb appeal of this restaurant. It is situated between a sea of strip malls and car dealerships, so its a hidden gem of sorts. It has an interesting atmosphere and to be honest, I was expecting it to be a bit more elegant, but it’s kind of nice that the crowd there is simultaneously celebrating fancy occasions or just having a casual (and $$) dinner out. It definitely has kept its 1947 decor with tall red leather booths, dark wood furniture and windows, and lots of green and brown stone and glass accents.
We started off with a crispy calamari with an Asian dipping sauce. Nothing special, but it was hot and cooked right, so no complaints. In hindsight, we probably should have been a little more daring in our appetizer choice (crab stuffed mushrooms, perhaps?)
Next up was the main course. The waitstaff display the different cuts of meat via saran wrapped beef on a bed of greens. The waitstaff is very knowledgeable of about the different kinds of meats, the different aging processes and wine pairings, which always makes for a great experience! Of course we had to take advantage of the birthday special, an 8oz NY Strip dinner (includes house salad and choice of potato), which we ended up taking home because we also ordered a Tomahawk steak (also a special for the night) cooked medium rare with the loaded baked potato (which included a beer cheese sauce), the upgraded wedge salad, and an additional side of creamed corn. We paired it with a Syrah. One of the best steaks I’ve ever had perfectly complimented with some amazing sides and wine.
As for desserts, they bring out another tray and show you what desserts they have for the night (I like the whole point to what you like concept!) Ollie ordered a house favorite, the coconut cream pie, and I ordered the bread pudding with a creamy Grand Marnier sauce.
As if all of that wasn’t indulgent enough, our waitress talked us into ordering a coffee cocktail (can’t remember the name off the top of my head) which consisted of coffee, Kahlua, Baileys, and Frangelico served in an Irish coffee mug with a brown sugar rim! Imagine waking up and drinking that every morning, work would probably be a lot more fun!
Some other notables:
- they own an adjacent meat market where all of the cuts can be purchased for a take-home version!
- we wouldn’t suggest the mixed cocktails, but I think the bartender was in training when we went.
- we had to sit and wait for about 30 minutes post-dessert to move, since we were a bit gluttonous. We had meals for the next two days, which is the best birthday gift I could have asked for!
- the dogs went NUTS over the tomahawk bone, so they were not left out of the whole extravaganza! Disclaimer: we only let them take a couple of bites of the extra meat, we know dogs are not supposed to chew on cooked bones!
Got a birthday coming up and want BOGO steak dinner? Pick Okeechobee Steakhouse, and invite me!