|The unassuming entrance to one of the world's great steak houses|
The passion and sense of innovation for providing the customer with a perfect experience is unparalleled.
|Boasting of over half a million bottles of wine - in this one "prep" cellar I would have to drink 8 bottles of wine a day for 50 years and I still would not have emptied this cellar.|
Their wine by the glass menu features wines from 1937 on - the day I was there I enjoyed a 1937 Madera to start the meal. One can have an individual wine tasting from just the wines by the glass.
|This wine was in the wines by the glass menu - our group decided to finish this bottle- it was only right|
Bern's Wine Cellar is the perennial recipient of the Wine Spectator Grand Award, the magazine's highest honor bestowed upon restaurants that display an uncompromising and passionate commitment to quality. According to Wine Spectator, "these lists show serious depth of mature vintages, outstanding breadth in their vertical offerings, excellent harmony with the menu, superior organization and presentation, and 1,250 or more selections."
Do you have a favorite wine? Wish to try something new- their wine program allows the sommeliers to not only produce a new wine for your liking, but at a price point that you can afford.
All of this- this great wine list, wines by the glass, the experience and education about wine- because it is an essential part of the dining experience.
Coffee: They Started Roasting Theirs Long Before Starbucks
|Bern's Coffee Roasters|
|Using my Aeropress - I was able to have the most delicious coffee - freshly roasted coffee beans from Bern's|
|My friend, Simon Majumdar and I in the meat locker at Bern's Steak House. The aging of meat is a process that allows for better flavor, and not cutting individuals steaks means that they can cut the steak to order.|
Where from here?
The innovation that is Bern's Steakhouse continues. Their new restaurant - Haven's, is an amazing bit of new-American cuisine. Things have changed over the years at Bern's, and that has made things better.
Bern Laxer use to have fish tanks for his fish, today they can get fish flown in (FedEx) fresh daily. Enough for their customers, and safer than having them in tanks. Although they have an impressive collection of Maine Lobsters.
Bern also had his own vegetable garden, and they still have that, and some vegetables come from that garden, but today more farmers are producing high quality produce that allows them to pick and choose instead of relying on their own crop.
In 97 steakhouses on three continents I found the best. Another reason to visit Tampa.