What opened as Del Frisco's Prime Steak and Lobster back in the 90s via an agreement that permitted them to use the Del Frisco's name for two decades will before long become Christner's Prime Steak & Lobster. The current name is transitional. Ask the locals, however, and you'll hear that the quality of the steaks and service is still top-notch. In fact, ask New York transplants and snowbirds and you'll often hear them mention Christner's Del Frisco's in the same sentence as the famed Peter Luger, heralded for a century-plus as the Big Apple's best.
Living up to its New York namesake's reputation, Orlando's version of Bull & Bear pulls out the stops with attentive service and a traditional, club-like steakhouse atmosphere with contemporary touches. Portions are hearty, beef is top-quality and the menu offers both traditional favorites and refreshing surprises; sometimes a melding of the two.
The Winter Park Fleming's is a fun and boisterous location with dual happy hours and a contingent of regulars who return to sample fare that runs the gamut from chili calamari and PEI mussels on the appetizer menu to the upmarket Wagyu New York strip. This isn't a value-driven steakhouse – you will pay for the quality--but the higher prices don't hurt business here a bit. Among the highlights, the double-thick pork rib chop, fliet/lobster tail combination and prime bone-in ribeye.
At Capital Grille, you can start your meal with a signature cocktail or choose a glass from the massive wine list. Each cut of their dry aged steak delivers a different experience. Among the most popular cuts is the Delmonico, a tender, bone-in rib eye served au jus. For a different spin, try it seasoned and broiled with a porcini mushroom crust and a drizzle of aged balsamic. Capital Grille's prime location near the convention center supplies a steady stream of lunch customers, as well.
Locals and visitors will find massive portions to add value to their dine-out dollar at this popular I-Drive venue, where the less carnivorous will find plenty to pick from (the portabella mushroom parm app could easily serve as an entrée) and the true meat eaters can luxuriate in offerings from pork chops to strip sirloin to the come-hungry-or-don't-come-at-all Delmonico's Delmonico Steak – a 24-oz. center-cut ribeye that's served with a pasta side, but isn't free if you manage to finish it. Even so, one-and-a-half-pounds is still pretty brag-worthy. Our advice?
The '72 Dolphins may have gone undefeated, but your hunger will be down for the count before halftime, particularly if you partake in Coach Don's massive 48-ounce Porterhouse. Despite this lauded restaurant's NFL connection, its atmosphere is decidedly traditional. Team photos are displayed in grand, formal frames befitting a steakhouse, though the menu is printed on the side of a football – a playful touch for a beloved team. Located inside the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, Shula's earns high marks from discriminating diners and critics.