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Barney's Steak & Seafood, Orlando

cmd | Mar 2, 200608:43 PM

After getting some suggestions from this board for past trips to Orlando, I wanted to post about a spot I really enjoyed this week.

The evening started as usual--heading in a direction with a place in mind, then arriving to find it had closed/moved/had a private party (on this occasion, it had closed). This is followed by much driving around thinking "what are we near?"

Since we ended up on I-4 going in the other direction from the one planned, we ended up at Barney's Steak & Seafood. My companion had been before, but it was my first visit.

This place reminds me of "special occasions" with my grandparents. We sat in a booth in the corner away from the piano player, which made the music at a perfect "background" volume. The menu is old school, and we ordered accordingly. I had a combination of a sirloin steak (correctly cooked to medium) and 3 baked stuffed shrimp, which were stuffed generously with seafood (I think crab?). There was some filler in the stuffing, which I actually enjoy. Companion had a sweet potato and scallop bisque and the filet (cooked medium rare as ordered).

Service was friendly and attentive, and drinks were brought quickly (food arrived at a nice pace as well, but so often we end up waiting for an overtasked bartender--we noticed the difference here).

The bill for 2 entrees (which come with soup/salad and a side), one cocktail, and 3 glasses of wine was $86 (including tax, excluding gratuity). Very good value, and a nice change of pace. If I can find it again, I'll go back :).

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