This was our second visit to Charley’s Steak House. Our first was a number of years ago in Kissimmee, this time it was in Orlando. Our first visit was very impressive. This time around it was equally impressive. My wife had the house Pino Grigio to get things rolling and she said it was the best she had tasted. The tray of meat they bring to the table so you may select your steak is overwhelming. It is a large cow on a platter! I selected a bone in rib eye steak and ordered it medium rare. It initially came much too rare but within minutes they had it back to me cooked perfectly. It had a wonderful char and a delicious woody taste. Instead of the house salad that normally comes with this $42 steak, I asked for a wedge salad (one of several salads not shown on the menu). There was an additional charge for the wedge salad but it was worth it. The bacon bits were fresh but very crisp and the dressing was creamy.
My wife does not eat meat and she did not feel like having a full meal. She ordered a Caesar’s salad with the most wonderful dressing. She followed that with a shrimp cocktail with 5 giant shrimps (could have been a full meal for me, too) that she struggled to finish. The shrimps were cold and crisp. The three different sauces were very good. One was regular red cocktail sauce with a nice little bite to it, a very mild tartar sauce, and a very good remoulade sauce. We were both too full to consider dessert although David Cross, our excellent and attentive waiter offered to bring the tray to tempt us.
Charley’s has been voted the #1 steak house in America on Tom Horan’s “America’s Top Ten Steak Houses.” That is quite an honor. I certainly would put it up there with Peter Luger’s or Smith & Wollensky’s and that is first rate company.
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