It’s been many years since we crossed the threshold of one of their 150+ restaurants across the nation. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – Sebring Florida was our choice, as the host for this evening decided this was the place.
We went along with the choice, not expecting much, and ended up being neither hugely disappointed or particularly thrilled.
Items “enjoyed” that evening included their BBQ Bacon cheeseburger, a couple of Cuban sandwiches, one sirloin steak entree, and a lighter eater opted for their value-combo, and had a salad and 1/2 Cuban sandwich with that choice.
See the picture of their Cuban sandwich? None of the Cuban sandwiches served during our meal looked like this. Though the sandwiches were “pressed”, it was a lick and a promise kind of pressing, a process that slightly warmed the buns, but not delivering on the classic Cuban sandwich look and mouth feel. On a positive note, all were tasty according to those that ate them.
One of our group were raving about their Philly Cheese-steak, and sure enough, that’s what they ordered. According to that person, it was delicious and every bite was gobbled up. It was good to see when the sandwich was unwrapped that steam was wafting from the sandwich. That’s how Philly cheese-steak has to be served. Steaming hot, with a delicious amalgamation of hot cheese, peppers and onions on a fragrant and tender steak.
The burger recipient said “A OK” about that dish, and particularly liked the curly fries.
About Curly fries at this Beef ‘O’ Brady’s
I feel this way about their curly fries. I don’t much care the shape of the french fries I get, and the curly thing is, after all, just a gimmick in my opinion.
I don’t like to be ambushed by pre-seasoned fries. I’ll add my own seasoning, thanks very much. The Beef ‘O’ Brady’s fries, though curly, were happily unseasoned when they arrived.
I do care that the fries – whatever their shape – arrive at the table in a crispy-deep-fried and piping hot condition. Hot fries can do a lot to mitigate issues with other items on the plate. It’s such a little thing to do, yet many eating establishments are unable or unwilling to ensure that their fries and other hot dishes, arrive that way, hot! These fries arrived ‘tepid’. It seemed to me that they had been plated first, and the the plate had sat awhile under a warming light until other items were ready.
The first bite of the curly fry was disappointing, and unfortunately that shaded the perspective on the rest of the meal.
The recipient of the steak reported that it was a typical, 6 oz cheap sirloin, overly tenderized, and salted beyond belief. Upon arrival, it sat there on the plate like a slightly dried piece of leather. Not juicy, not dripping, just… there! It was tepid in temperature, and cooked more to the medium than medium rare level on the cooking scale though medium rare was how is was ordered, that in an effort to allow the cut to be more juicy and tender when it arrived.
The Beef ‘O’ Brady’s TV Thing
From where we sat there were more than a dozen big-screen TV’s visible to us, and that was but a few of the many hanging around the restaurant at ceiling level. All these giant screens were showing different programs, and none of the programs being played were audible.
For us, they were nothing more than a distraction, and I wondered about the mission for Beef ‘O’Brady’s.
Are they a dining establishment, a road-house, a fast food outlet… we’re not really sure. The ambiance was sports-bar. The menu suggested a mid-level dining establishment. A mish-mash of both, I guess, serving neither market fully, and leading to a disappointment for all.
My Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Restaurant Rules
The same for all restaurants and extremely simple, really. All a diner wants is to get the meal they ordered, well cooked, well served, with hot dishes hot and cold dishes served cold in a reasonable amount of time.
That the Beef ‘O’Brady’s kitchen has issues with plating foods in such a way that these simple rules are unable to be fulfilled or have been forgotten, in my opinion, serves as a death knell for that location.
Maybe that’s why for dinner the night we were there, there were only a handful of patrons visiting for dinner.
Location & more info:
- 2940 US-27, Sebring, FL 33870
- Opens 11AM
- Phone: (863) 471-2214
My Overall Rating of Beef ‘O’Brady’s Sebring
- Adequate but hardly spectacular for meals and taste.
- Reasonable for table service.
- Reasonable for pricing.
- Horrible for ambiance.
- Date visited: November 26, 2019
That’s my .02 cents worth about the Sebring Florida Beef ‘O’Brady’s restaurant. Your thoughts and comments are welcome.