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Friday
Jun292012

Tropical Acres...

So, my prediction was incorrect in my "Soup for the Champs!!!" post, in that I would be up and running ready to chomp down on a good meal by this time.  I mean, I can have a good meal, I just don't feel confident enough to go ripping through any steaks yet, and let's face it, a good meal almost always includes steak!  Luckily, my boyfriend had the foresight to treat me to one of his favorite steakhouses before I got my wisdom teeth pulled (probably sensing that, being the careful hypochondriac I can be, I wouldn't be eating any good steaks for a couple of weeks).  It was sort of like a meal to hold me over...and what a meal it was!! He told me he wanted to take me to a little place called Tropical Acres.  He used to go there all the time as a kid, followed by an ice cream stroll on the boardwalk...awww.  All I heard was, "as a kid." Meaning: the place has been around for a while (biting my nails now).  I jumped on the internet and decided to check it out.  Sure enough, this place has been around for a loooong time (they just celebrated their 60th anniversary!).  I've gotta admit: I was a little iffy about this place.  One, because it's all the way up in Ft. Lauderdale, and I'm not a fan of long car rides..and two, because of the mixed "ye olden steakhouse" reviews it received.  I decided my boyfriend must have romanticized the memory of the place somehow, and I would just go along for the ride.  You gotta admit, the intention was pretty sweet :) So, Friday night, we're there.  First, of all, if this place ever received a bad review, it certainly did nothing to deter the clientele...the parking lot was so full, I didn't think we would find parking at first.  This is a good sign.  As soon as you walk in, yea I gotta say it's not the trendiest decor...more like this IS your Grandfather's steakhouse...and I don't mind it ONE BIT.  Why? Well, the atmosphere was still warm and inviting, the service was so friendly and excellent, but the food...the food! I decided to stick with the theme and go traditional: french onion soup, followed by a petit fillet and a baked potato.  The french onion soup was absolutely delicious.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  It was topped with this crispy, soft, soaked-just-right-in-an-onion-broth bread that was covered in delicious gooey melted cheese.  Mmmm! I just bit my tongue.  I'm not gonna rave about the baked potato or the salad my boyfriend had.  I'm not gonna lie, it was a potato and a salad. There.  Back to the great stuff.  The steak.  When I tell you that steak was cooked to perfection-- (medium rare, the way I like it).  I don't think I had to chew it so much.  It just melted in my mouth, bite after bite. Perfectly seasoned. Wow. As a matter of fact, I don't know why I'm so worried about my teeth healing, I could go eat that steak tonight!...ohhh but unfortunately, I made plans with my girls to go watch Magic Mike.  Speaking of which, I gotta go get ready.  But, rest assured! I might be watching Channing Tatum act like a piece of meat, but I'll be thinking about that steak! That's right! Because THAT'S how good it was!!

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Reader Comments (3)

This should be a must to visit place when I través to miami.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaría Cecilia

I MUST go try this place!!!! Sounds like a hidden gem... can't wait. Even the potato and salad sounded delish somehow, lol. And after suffering through Matthew McConaughey's soap and shower-free character on Magic Mike, I'll stick to having my piece of meat on a plate always, thankyouverymuch.

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaro

Lol!

July 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterRocio Del Pilar

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