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Restaurant near the Hard Rock and a question re: Berns

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Restaurant near the Hard Rock and a question re: Berns

Hi All,

I get in to Tampa @ noon and i am on my own for the day. (wife gets in the next day)

I was planning on spending some time at the casino before heading to our place in Sarasota.

Is there anything that stands out in that area that i should try?

I realize the casino itself has several restaurants and i may settle for one of those but if there is a cant miss place i would rather do that.

I will have a car so that isnt an issue.

Also i was thinking of maybe skipping lunch and heading to Bern's instead for dinner.

It is hard to tell from the website if they have a bar area. I will be alone so i would be more comfortable at a bar than in a dining room.

Thanks for the info.

Vince

Clearwater, Florida
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1. Re: Restaurant near the Hard Rock and a question re: Berns

Not too much around the casino that would be a must see. It is kind of on the outskirts of the city, with not much around it, unless there is a concert at the Live Nation Amphitheatre that night. It is a short drive or cab ride away.

The Council Oak Steakhouse is onsite in the casino. I have not eaten there, but have heard only good things about it, and it looks very nice.

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2. Re: Restaurant near the Hard Rock and a question re: Berns

Bern's does have a bar. Go early as it can get crowded. They actually have a steak sandwich and hamburger that are not on the menu and are relatively inexpensive only available at the bar.

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3. Re: Restaurant near the Hard Rock and a question re: Berns

I highly recommend Bern's. It's world renowned and one of the few restaurants where wineries will come from all over the world to recork their bottles. And the best part is, you get a 5-star steak/experience and all the trimmings come with it (not a la carte). And ensure it's Bern's, and not Side Bern's. Huge difference!

Toronto,Canada
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4. Re: Restaurant near the Hard Rock and a question re: Berns

the foodie in me wants to go to Bern's

If i go i definitely want the full steak experience. my flight gets in around noon.

I will probably kill some time at the casino and head over to Bern's after 5

hopefully Lady Luck will allow me to win my dinner!

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5. Re: Restaurant near the Hard Rock and a question re: Berns

For a little Tampa flavor, and a quick bite inside the casino... The Cuban place in the food court is surprisingly good for a fast food type place. The Cuban Sandwiches, and Ropa Vieja rival some of the more authentic Cuban places in town. I get one of those 2 every trip to the casino.

Toronto,Canada
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6. Re: Restaurant near the Hard Rock and a question re: Berns

thanks Mark

I will probably want lunch so maybe i will try it

I was thinking also of maybe trying the Taco Bus for a ligt lunch. Any thoughts on that?

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7. Re: Restaurant near the Hard Rock and a question re: Berns

The area / neighborhood surrounding the casino is slightly ghetto.

Toronto,Canada
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8. Re: Restaurant near the Hard Rock and a question re: Berns

my wife wants to go to Bern's so will be doing that on Tuesday

so the plan for my arrival is to try the Taco Bus (unless someone has other suggestions for a casual lunch in Tampa-willing to drive 15-20 or so if necessary)

then head to the casino- if the bank roll lasts and i am still at the casino which of the restaurants would you suggest>

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