Which Florida eatery made top ‘essential’ U.S. restaurant’ list?

Beef is king at Bern's Steak House House, Tampa. (Contributed)
Beef is king at Bern’s Steak House House, Tampa. (Contributed)

What’s an “essential” restaurant in Florida? According to the gastronaut site, Eater.com, it’s not some new, trendy spot.

It’s an iconic Tampa steakhouse.

The website, which surveys the nation’s dining scene, from haute to hip to humble, features Bern’s Steak House, which turns 60 this year. The venerable meat palace is one of 38 U.S. restaurants – and the only one in Florida – listed in Eater’s newly released “National 38” list of “essential” American eateries.

“It’s our guide not to what is newest or trendiest, but to what defines and anchors us,” writes Eater’s editor-in-chief, Amanda Kludt, on the “Essential Restaurants” package, released Wednesday. “The restaurants on the list are young and old, upscale and accessible, and together, they go a long way toward cohesively defining the food scene of our great nation and its multifaceted, ever-changing dining landscape.”

Bern's joins 37 other 'essential' U.S. eateries, according to Eater.com. (Contributed)
Bern’s joins 37 other ‘essential’ U.S. eateries, according to Eater.com. (Contributed)

Bern’s is listed in distinguished company, alongside Berkeley’s Café at Chez Panisse, New Orleans’ Herbsaint, New York’s Estela, Charleston’s FIG, Austin’s Franklin Barbecue, Washington D.C.’s Rose’s Luxury, Chicago’s Alinea, and L.A.’s Trois Mec.

About Bern’s, Eater notes: “Baronial chophouses are a cornerstone of America’s restaurant culture, but Bern’s, which opened in 1956, exists in its own west Florida dimension of eccentricity and excellence.”

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