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Evening at Carrabba's

Someone in a land 'Far Away' has noticed this blog and sent us all gift certificates to Carrabba's Italian Grill. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. It was a nice treat.

So we decided to plan an evening where we'd all go together to review Carrabba's. I had a lot of fun going with the other reviewers and an enjoyable meal.
Upon entering and presenting the gift certificates, we were seated in a booth not far from where we walked into the restaurant. The booth had plenty of room for the four of us.

When it came time to order drinks, I decided my beverage of choice for the evening was going to be Coke.

By the time dinner had come around, I was definitely in the mood for steak. After carefully reviewing the menu in the restaurant (I had also taken a glimpse at the online menu earlier in the day), the decision was between the Sirloin Marsala and the Filet Fiorentina. I ordered the Sirloin Marslala ($18) because I decided I wanted a little more than just an 8 oz steak. I chose the Caesar salad and mashed potatoes to go with it.

I typically would have substituted a different side for the mashed potatoes since most of the places in town only serve garlic mashed potatoes, but the menu made no mention of garlic in these mashed potatoes, so I decided I'd give it a try.

All the food came out in a timely fashion to my satisfaction.

The Caesar salad was quite tasty. It was a healthy portion with fresh tasting green lettuce with just the right amount of dressing.

The steak was very thick and covered in a dark sauce and mushrooms. I ordered the steak medium-rare and it was delivered just as I ordered it.
The description listed on the menu is a "10 oz. USDA Choice center-cut sirloin topped with mushrooms, prosciutto and our Lombardo Marsala wine sauce."

There was a small side of mashed potatoes on the plate. Not a minute after the food was served the manager came by with a plate of mashed potatoes. He said the side of mashed potatoes I received on the plate was a little small, and he also went on to tell us they make their mashed potatoes fresh everyday. The great part was that the potatoes were mashed potatoes and not lumpy potatoes like I've received at other places.

I have to say, the steak was the most tender and juicy sirloin I've had in my life. I really enjoyed it. I liked the mashed potatoes. The plate of mashed potatoes that was brought out to me happened to taste slightly better than the mashed potatoes with the steak because the sauce from the steak was blending in with the mashed potatoes. On a side note, the picture of the steak doesn't exactly due it justice, it looked better in person.

The server checked on us frequently throughout our stay, which I appreciated. She said she happened to notice us taking pictures and offered to take a picture of all of us which turned out rather well. Personally, I don't know how anyone on that side of restaurant Could Have Missed that we were taking pictures with the amount of photos I took. Yes, that photo flash was very bright in that dark restaurant atmosphere.

By the time it came for ordering deserts, I opted out. I had already had more than enough to eat. All the deserts that were shown to us and the ones that were ordered all looked rather tempting.

If you're looking for a great dinner in the evening, I recommend ordering the Steak Marsala when you go to Carrabba's Italian Grill at 311 N 9th Ave in Pensacola, FL.

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Dude. We just want to know about the food.

It's amazing, I write it and someone (maybe even more than one) reads the whole thing.

So how many of you ("We") are there?

I'm wondering if you're a group of people huddled around a computer surfing the net or... just someone that refers to themself in the 2nd and 3rd person like a Professional Wrestler does because if it's the first that is totally hilarious. And if it's the later, I, "The Schwab" can relate.

Either way, "The Schwab" thanks you for reading the post and giving some funny & useful feedback that is going be put to use.

For here on out or just till he stops thinking it's funny, "The Schwab" vows to give his loyal fans just "what they want when they want it" while still embodying his own personal mantra of "I Do What I Want When I Want."

Every reviewed dining situation by "The Schwab" will now be written in two parts:

First, by popular demand you will now get your very own section that includes a food review and "The Schwab" recommendation.

Second, you get a fully edited and enhanced recap (not to be confused with the actual events that transpired) of "The Schwab"'s (nothing goes inside my quotes, especially that apostrophe s) latest hair-raising escapade in a Restaurant.

(The actual order the two parts will appear in the reviews will vary)

We had this exact meal 2 weeks ago at the one in Ocala. The service, food and atmosphere was excellant. The power went off while we were there and a mistake was made on our check. My husband went back the next week and it was fixed with no questions and they offered him dinner on the house.

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