This was my second time at Malio's. Both times were with a groupon or some other similar discount. Both times with my girlfriend. Both times were terrific. For me. My girlfriend was hugely disappointed. But, you can read her review for that.
First time was a NY Strip. This time I got the 12oz filet and a baked potato. Like last time, the steak was terrific. Not cooked perfectly, but it was an immensely thick cut of meat, so getting it medium would have been tough without overcooking the outside or butterflying it. Since I didn't ask for it butterflied, I'm not going to complain about it being slightly under cooked in the center.
I love their steaks here. I love their baked potatoes here. This is a great steakhouse, I don't care about the bad reviews. They are crazy. And yes, I have been to others - Morton's, Fleming's, Peter Lugers in NY, McCormick, Palm. I have never been to Burns, so I can't compare there.
The service this time was okay. Server took her time getting to us and then coming back, but it was adequate.
I'm deducting a star only because I can't give it 5. All of the steakhouses I mention above, with the exception of Palm which I didn't enjoy, are better. Granted, only 2 of them are in Tampa - Palm and Flemings - but when I've been to some of the best steakhouses, it's tough to put Malio's on the same level, especially when my girlfriend has not liked her food both times we've come here. I probably shouldn't let her food affect my review, but the fact is, the best meals are the ones when everyone enjoys it. That said, if I could, I would give it 4.5, and only deduct the 1/2 star for my girlfriend's food. As it is, I am rounding down because those other steakhouses are better.
If you're interested, my girlfriend has gotten a seafood and a seafood pasta item, and both were very disappointing. So if you come to Malio's, stick to the beef.
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