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BBQchef33
08-15-2006, 10:49 PM
As alto of us now, I was on vacation this past 2 weeks down in Florida. We made a few stops, Orlando(twice), Kissimme, Clearwater, Indian Rock and St. Pete.

while in Orlando, we stopped at our favorite place for dinner. Salt Island (http://www.saltislandrestaurant.com/)on International Drive. We have gone there for several years. Casual formal atmosphere, meaning its crystal goblets and fine china but your are welcomed in there in flip flops and shorts. We always return there when we go to Florida, even if its out of the way. Outside deck has a steel drum player and some island music.. inside comfortably A/C and more quiet.. Nice bar area surrounded by big fish tanks.. We always eat outside.

We always have gone for the great seafood, always fresh, prepared however you want, even if its not on the menu. Service is impeccable. Several times we went, our waiter would stand no more than 10 feet from our table(his station) and polish glasses or silverware, always within eye shot and your water glass is never empty. If the food is not to your liking, they will make it again and make sure they get it right. But anyway, i digress...

The grill in the restaurant is a large about (6x20 foot) wood fired grill next to the meat cases.. right where you can watch the cooks... it has a huge 5-6 spit double sided rotisserie in the center for chickens.. the fuel is a bed of oak coals and logs.

This time around, when we walked in, the showcase in the front had some absolutely incredible looking porterhouses and filet mignon. They showcase their seafood and meats, on chipped ice in big glass cases.. Click here and play the videos (http://www.saltislandrestaurant.com/interact/)I could not stop drooling over those steaks. When it came time to order, I passed on the seafare for the main course.. Ordered the scallops on fire( a jerk seasoned scallops in the shell with a cream sauce) and the 30 ounce porterhouse. James got 2 buckets of steamed mussels and Sharon got the sea bass.. Jackie and my niece Danielle got some other seafood/pasta dishes.

The 30 ounce porterhouse.... was a thing of beauty when it came out.. about an inch and a half thick. I looked at this big ass hunk of beef on my plate and checked out their fru fru seafood plates and couldn't help doing the Tim Allen ar-ar-ar-aghhh...:mrgreen: i was about to got to heaven.

I asked for it med-rare and it came out........get this...... a perfect medium rare, getting a little rarer close to the bone.

first slice with a steak knife... proved, no reason for the knife, this steak can cut with a fork. The flavor was absolutely incredible.. according to their website, they use wet aged prime beef, (i think its unseasoned) except for the wood. Every bite i took got better and better.. I was beyond impressed.. in all my years of paying attention to good steaks, this was by far the best i ever had. 5 star steak houses here on Long island, and even in NY paled in comparison to this one steak I was eating.. PACES steakhouse, my favorite place here on L.I., where I go for the marinated Porterhouse could not compare. :confused: I gave a piece to Sharon and asked her, "am I really hungry, or is this the best steak you ever had??"..Her reaction was the same as mine.. James buzzed thru his bucket of mussels like a vulture, so i gave him a piece of the steak.. within a few seconds, he asked if he can order one too.. He wanted the NY strip, but i figured for a few bucks more he can have another porterhouse and I get to help him with it.. (you get the BIG side and I get the "little side" right James?" :twisted: :twisted: ... here comes another filet mignon for me!! ). These steaks have a perfect flavor.. you can easily taste the wood flavors as they are dominant on the seared outside, yet somehow they get it to penetrate inside too, Not smoky.. but wood flavor hinting behind the meat, but not overpowering.. totally amazing..

I had to meet to the guy who cooked these.. while waiting for the second porterhouse, I asked if I can meet the chef doing the cooking...

Enter stage left.. Star.. he didn't say much.. smiled alto.. A big dude with an island accent, i think.... (Jamaican maybe).. we spoke for a bit, I told him that i don't consider myself a Joe bloe off the street when it comes to steaks, gave him a little rundown on what we do here and also competition BBQ, etc.... and then told him that he produced the best damn steak i ever had in my entire life.... while we were talking, he took James steak off and sent it to the table... James inhaled the strip side and filled up just as he got to the filet(whew)... i had to be a good father and help him eat that. :eusa_clap . unfortunately, Sharon had to be a good mother and help too. :mad:

So, if anyone is ever in the Orlando area.. (offa1a, get your butt there), i highly recommend salt island.. Seafood is excellent, but don't pass up the steaks... I have been doing that for years and now that seafood place, just became my favorite steakhouse..

attached are some pics of me and Star.. and the porterhouse, but that got a little fuzzy.. i was in a hurry to get back to eating..

MilitantSquatter
08-15-2006, 11:19 PM
Sounds like a great steak Poob.... and I would not want to fark with Star the chef with the cool pepper chef's hat. but more importantly...how was the bread ?

Anyway, a quick google search finds that Al's Steakhouse in Joliet, IL claims the title of the World's greatest steak's.... http://www.alssteaks.com/ Might need one on the ILFO's to do a comparable review to yours... (just kidding of course)....

Smoker
08-15-2006, 11:46 PM
What is this "vacation" thing you speak of?

Trout_man22
08-16-2006, 06:21 AM
I have been to Salt Island it is great, I have also been to Gibsons and Brazzazz in Chicago both a bit better. However, the price is about 3 times as much. Very snooty and you would never be allowed in shorts.

Never been to of Al's?????

BBQchef33
08-16-2006, 11:05 AM
Only nationla place i have been to is Ruth-Chris(sp?) and it couldnt compare.. We have alot of local and NYC places that are top rated that I go to regularly... but.. the only way to describe this place was that....

it stopped me dead, gave me the "holy ****" what am I eating mindset and made me savor every bite.. as we say here... made my socks roll up and down and my eyes roll in my head.. which has NEVER happened outside of BBQ.. :)

Trout_man22
08-16-2006, 11:48 AM
Only nationla place i have been to is Ruth-Chris(sp?) and it couldnt compare.. We have alot of local and NYC places that are top rated that I go to regularly... but.. the only way to describe this place was that....

it stopped me dead, gave me the "holy ****" what am I eating mindset and made me savor every bite.. as we say here... made my socks roll up and down and my eyes roll in my head.. which has NEVER happened outside of BBQ.. :)

R-C is trash can food compared to Gibsons and Salt Island. Salt Island is also one of the few places that the OL will get sea food. The problem with most place are that they don't use enough heat. At Gibsons the grills are burning at 1500 to 1800. I did not check Salt Island but they must be in the ++1500 range.

I'm lucky to get into the 800 range to cook my steaks, they are more like mistakes, when you compare them.

Arlin_MacRae
08-16-2006, 12:43 PM
Those places are found only once or twice in a lifetime, I'd say. Socks rolling up and down...yeah! Your experience sounds like a place I went to in Paso Robles, CA a few years back. I looked on the Web just now, and I think it was McLintock's, but I'm not sure. Huge, aged beefsteaks cooked over an oak fire, and nothing needed but a fork. I know exactly what you mean there, Phil!!

This place you went? Are you sure it didn't have a dress code? I mean wow...you're wearing a shirt with SLEEVES!!!!! :biggrin:

Sledneck
08-16-2006, 12:55 PM
lets all go to J & R and do the 76oz challenge

bbqjoe
08-16-2006, 01:28 PM
Sounds like some great eating Phil.
Oh yeah, and this vacation thingy you speak of.....

bbqbull
08-16-2006, 03:01 PM
Damn Phil, that Salt Island reminds me of a little out of the way steak house in S. Dakota. I think its about 10-15 miles west of Rapid City. Its right at an exit off I-90. Ive eaten there almost every time I was visiting relatives. The place is called Elk Creek Steakhouse. Awesome tender cut w/your fork steaks. Anybody here on the forum eaten here. I highly recommend it if your passing thru that area. My dad claims their steaks come from steers that grazed on grass and very little grain. I believe their steaks come from local processers..

Mike

Westexbbq
08-16-2006, 08:28 PM
Phil,
Quite a testimonial.
Kid brother in Kissimee runs one of the Cracker Barrels, will remind him of Salt Island.
Nice pix and if this beats Pace's or Kean's Chop House in NYC, it will be my next must in Mickey land.
Thanks,
Wes

Smoker
08-16-2006, 09:34 PM
"made my socks roll up and down and my eyes roll in my head.. which has NEVER happened outside of BBQ.. :)"


If only this was in the woodpile!!!!!!

offa1a
08-23-2006, 11:40 AM
Sounds like 2 hour road trip and maybe an overnight are in the works

BBQchef33
08-23-2006, 11:48 AM
i will be down there in Orlando on business from Oct 8-14 if anyone wants to make a dinner stop there... im always up for one of those steaks...



and then an extended road trip to Boca/Ft Lauderdale for 2-4 weeks form the 14th on.. Any SoFlA brethren out there?

offa1a
08-23-2006, 03:37 PM
I'd meet you there on the 14th if nothing work related comes up. It's a quick hop for me.

Sawdustguy
08-23-2006, 03:41 PM
Next time I am in Orlando I will check it out. The next time you crave a superior steak here on the Island make the trip to Bryant and Coopers in Roslyn. I don't know if matches the calibre of Salt Island but I think it is the finest Steak House on Long Island and I think I have eaten at them all.

MilitantSquatter
08-23-2006, 03:58 PM
Bryant and Cooper in my opinion is very good but far from the best...

There's a little place in Island Park (right by Long Beach and Oceanside) called Jimmy Hays..... best I've had on LI so far.....

http://www.jimmyhayssteakhouse.com/home.htm

I know Poobah likes Pace's out by him, but I've never been there yet... (Hint... Hint....)

The other high end chain places like Morton's, Blackstone, Ruth's Chris etc. are all OK too but I prefer individually operated places for their uniqueness and occasional menu diversity or specials.

Now if we talk NYC, that's a different story, I'll put Sparks or Wolfgang's in Manhattan up against Peter Luger's Brooklyn anyday.... DelFriscoe's and Ben Benson's are not bad either. I like steak, but I sure as hell am not gonna shell out $100 on a meal and get treated like chit by those old waiters at Lugers...

Sawdustguy
08-24-2006, 06:49 AM
Bryant and Cooper in my opinion is very good but far from the best...

There's a little place in Island Park (right by Long Beach and Oceanside) called Jimmy Hays..... best I've had on LI so far.....

http://www.jimmyhayssteakhouse.com/home.htm

I know Poobah likes Pace's out by him, but I've never been there yet... (Hint... Hint....)

The other high end chain places like Morton's, Blackstone, Ruth's Chris etc. are all OK too but I prefer individually operated places for their uniqueness and occasional menu diversity or specials.

Now if we talk NYC, that's a different story, I'll put Sparks or Wolfgang's in Manhattan up against Peter Luger's Brooklyn anyday.... DelFriscoe's and Ben Benson's are not bad either. I like steak, but I sure as hell am not gonna shell out $100 on a meal and get treated like chit by those old waiters at Lugers...

Vinny,

Next time you are in the area of Western Nassau try the North Shore Steak House on 25A in Great Neck. I have played golf with the owner, a gentlemen named Johnny Fives (Yes, it's his real name). You will be in for a real treat. It's a family owned resturant and they go out of their way to please their customers. IMHO the Heritage (in the meat packaging district) is the best steak house in Manhattan. I have eaten at Sparks and Wolfgangs and Peter Lugers in Brooklyn and they are top tier but not outstanding.

Smoker
08-24-2006, 10:00 AM
I used to love going to Bryant and Coopers and sit down at the bar for a great steak and their fried onions. Them onions is good. Then I would sit back and smoke me a fine cigar. Ruth's Chris sucked in my opinion and I didn't even pay for the meal!!! Mortons is always excellent. Lugers can kiss my @rse with their attitude and no credit card routine. Hey Guy, been to the elbow room in Jamesport for one of their marinated steaks?????? I haven't been there in 20 years. mmmmmmmmmmmm

backyardchef
08-24-2006, 10:22 AM
Nebraska and the Strip House, both in Manhattan are sure things. Peter Luger's is awesome, but the credit card thing is stupid. I think it used to be better about 15-20 years ago, but most things were, it seems....

Sawdustguy
08-24-2006, 05:44 PM
I used to love going to Bryant and Coopers and sit down at the bar for a great steak and their fried onions. Them onions is good. Then I would sit back and smoke me a fine cigar. Ruth's Chris sucked in my opinion and I didn't even pay for the meal!!! Mortons is always excellent. Lugers can kiss my @rse with their attitude and no credit card routine. Hey Guy, been to the elbow room in Jamesport for one of their marinated steaks?????? I haven't been there in 20 years. mmmmmmmmmmmm

Yesiree, I went there on your recommendation and you delivered. It is a treat for us eastern Long Islanders.

jgh1204
02-19-2007, 11:00 AM
I am going to be in Orlando this week for a meeting. Hopefully, we can hit this place.

BBQchef33
02-19-2007, 03:24 PM
Pulleeeze....... get one to go, flash freeze, and send it to me!!!!


farking withdrawls

Wine & Swine
02-19-2007, 03:49 PM
Phil I went to a place that sounds almost the same in Treasure Island, Fl. It is called Salt Rock http://www.saltrockgrill.com/ and it was really good as well (and alot cheaper than the steak places in NY). But the big difference is the wood grill it is cooked on as opposed to the broilers that all of the places use up here (oh, and food always tastes better when your on vacation).

BBQchef33
02-19-2007, 04:00 PM
i know what ya mean.. if you look behind me in the second picture above, (it hard to see), but thats a big arse grill they use loaded with oak. Thats were all the steaks, chops and bird is cooked.

jgh1204
02-19-2007, 09:46 PM
Phil, you know damn well you can cook a steak as well or better.

BBQchef33
02-19-2007, 09:57 PM
i'd like to admit that.. but the steak at salt island.. i tried to duplicate, and just couldn't. I think it was the quality of the beef to start with.

jgh1204
02-21-2007, 05:32 PM
Had the ribeye last night. It was good. Could not bring myself to go the portherhouse route.

Trying to see if anyone wants to go to Texas de Brasil tonight.

BBQchef33
02-22-2007, 12:02 AM
wow, had a friend from work email me tonight saying he went last night.. Wonder if u two were makeing google eyes at each other. ???

He had the 18 oz t-bone....... says hes going back tonight for the ribeye or tenderloin..

Seems that 30ounce Porterhouse is intimidating.


goood...... more for me. :)

MilitantSquatter
08-15-2008, 01:40 PM
Just got back from my week at Disney.

Took the recommendations and went to Salt Island for dinner on Wednesday night.

Had a killer meal... I knew it was gonna be good when I walked in and saw the open pit loaded up with steaks and smelled the oak burning through the restaurant.

I have pics but it will be a few days till I get them all off the camera.

My wife and I had

Lime grilled shrimp on bed of pineapple and mango sauce & fried calamari
18 oz Prime Ribeye (cooked perfectly..med-rare and tasted incredible)
Jamaican seasoned Pork tenderloin w romesco sauce
Rum Soaked roasted sweet plaintains
Parmesean cheese breaded & fried Onion Rings
Caribbean Seasoned Rice & beans
Baked potato
Oreo Cheesecake

Not a cheap meal by any means, but in comparison to everything else I got ripped off on while in Orlando/Disney, this was a bargain and well worth it and highly recommend it. My daughter said the chicken fingers and fries they made for her were good too.

Jorge
08-15-2008, 02:03 PM
I don't like you right now. I'm thinking about the meal I WON'T be having for dinner tonight!

EDIT: I highly recommend the 18 oz. Prime Ribeye with the Gorgonzola sauce on the side. It's a bargain at $25. In DFW I'll pay that for a 16 oz. USDA Choice cut.

HolySmoke
08-15-2008, 02:26 PM
well the list of "must eat at" places seems to be getting larger, almost time for a road trip.

MilitantSquatter
09-21-2008, 06:46 PM
Finally got the pics off my camera from last month's vacation

BBQchef33
09-21-2008, 08:16 PM
i think thats my porterhouse over there in the front row. :)

berlee2
09-21-2008, 11:05 PM
Man, that brings back memories! After Navy boot camp graduation in Orlando, my parents took me out to eat a "real" meal!!! I'm not sure if it was the same restaurant, but I ordered a 30oz Porterhouse and to this day, I'll always remember how great that steak was! My dad will always remember me asking him if it was okay if nawed on the bone! He still laughs when he tells that story!!!

Makes me want to take a trip Orlando!!!!

MilitantSquatter
07-03-2011, 07:55 AM
In-laws taking the family to Disney next week... thought about heading back to Salt Island but found they are now out of business.

I'll survive but Phil may be in shock.


(http://www.yelp.com/biz/salt-island-orlando)

BBQchef33
07-04-2011, 10:28 AM
i heard..

they closed up shop last year.. they were going downhill anyway.. my last visit there was far from the earlier times..