I’m in the Jacksonville area, specifically Ponte Vedra.
However, knowing we’re not as densely populated with Berserkers as our friends on the other side of the mirror, I’m willing to expand the inclusive area.
I’m really just trying to get an idea of IF an offline would be possible. I know we have a few in the Orlando and Tampa areas, and I’m willing to make a trek. Especially when there’s good wine involved.
A pilgrimage to Bern’s in Tampa is always an option, although doing it up right gets a little pricey. Some good restaurants in Orlando area, but not sure about corkage. Same with Tampa; can check with locals. Sarasota has several good restaurants which allow corkage. Unfortunately the very best don’t.
No doubt a Bern’s pilgrimage is worth it…but no doubt pricey. No doubt, Tampa is so dominated by chain’s that BYOB is few and far between. Sidebern’s allows it (Bern’s sister restaurant) but I believe it might be $25. There’s place local to me that does as well…but its convenient…only to me…and its just an ok place, but only 10 min from the house. Frankly, we usually go to Ruth’s Criss here when we BYOB, but a large party might require some sort of corkage whereas its typically waived for my wife and I. Our favorite tapas place used to have a very reasonable list…but they moved locations and must have higher rent…since their prices increased at least 50%.
Needless to say…I’m definitely in if you make the trek to Tampa. Possibly if its Orlando. I spent a week in Orlando last year and that’s my typical allotment for a 7 year period…LOL…j/k. Must be Saturday night there though…since the wife flies back home from Atlanta every Friday.
I guess it all depends on location. I could drum up a few people if it were in Tampa, but I know its a nice little haul from Jax. I know Bruce in Orlando is around but most likely just hasn’t seen this thread. I think he knows of a few places in the Disney area.
I would risk a guess that he knows a few: when Kriss was coming to visit, he talked to Bruce to get ideas for breakfast on the way home from the airport. My theory is if he can tell us good breakfast places, I’m sure he knows a few dinner places too.
My wife and I have great corkage treatment at several local places in the southwest part of town (Disney Universal area). Most of the places have $20-25 fees but waive it for us, and we tip the staff well to say thanks. I assume that there would be some corkage charge for a large group.
I could help make arrangements at one of these places. One steak place, one steak and seafood place and one continental type. They are all in the Ruth’s Chris/Morton’s price range.
Saturdays are also best for us.
There are several good places in the Winter Park area, but they are further from me, so I do not get there enough to have developed any relationships.