Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Malio’s Prime Steakhouse – Tampa, FL

Yesterday we had a fancy date night at Malio’s Prime Steakhouse.  I bought a LivingSocial deal so we got $100 worth of food for $50.   We’ve been to Malio’s a few times before – we always had some sort of deal when we’ve gone since it is a lot pricier than most places we normally dine. 
It is located downtown in the lower level of the Rivergate Tower right next to Curtis Hixon Park.  We had a reservation but it definitely wasn’t needed for a Tuesday night. 

We were seated at a small table with a window view overlooking the Kennedy Bridge crossing over the Hillsborough River.  While deciding what to order, we were served a loaf of bread – it was warm and soft inside, and the crunchy outside was rubbed generously with garlic salt.  We could have filled up on just the bread. 
We ordered a bottle of the Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa which we loved – next time I go to Total Wine I may buy myself another bottle. 
For our meals, I ordered the 8oz filet and Lance ordered the 12oz prime rib.  They were both served with house salads, mixed vegetables, and grilled potatoes.  The salad was served with a bit too much bleu cheese dressing – but I still enjoyed it. 

My steak was perfectly seasoned.  I ordered it medium – it didn’t really have much pink left in the center so it was probably closer to medium-well.  But it was so flavorful and incredibly moist – I could cut it with just a fork. Lance ordered his prime rib rare, so it was a center cut.  When brought to the table, the server poured au jus over the meat so it was very juicy. 

The vegetables were good – but the potatoes were some of the best I’ve ever had.  The skins of the potatoes were extra crispy.  Glad we didn’t order any appetizers because we had no room left after cleaning our plates. 
After the meal we took a walk around Curtis Hixon Park – we just missed the sunset but the sky was still gorgeous.  Perfect end to our date night!

Malio’s Prime Steakhouse is located at 400 N Ashley Dr #310, Tampa, FL 33602 and is open 11:30am – 9:30pm Monday – Tuesday, 11:30am – 10pm Wednesday – Thursday, 11:30am – 10:30pm on Friday, and 5pm – 10:30pm on Saturdays.  It is closed on Sundays.   

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