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On our last trip to Orlando, we ate at Tony Roma’s for the first time and were very pleasantly surprised (read my review The Place for Ribs: Tony Roma’s). We’ve been in South Florida this past week and when we found out they just opened a new location in Jensen Beach, FL (Martin County), we jumped at the chance to go visit!
The first thing you can’t help to notice when you drive up is the location. Situated right across from the Jensen Beach causeway, every patron gets a stunning waterfront view. (The last thing you think of when you see this location is ‘chain restaurant’!)
Our party of seven, including three generations of our family, felt right at home as we were seated in a corner booth in the back of the dining area; other groups and families seemed to have the same idea! And while there were definitely other larger groups besides ours, it did not detract from the intimate feel of our dining experience.
Our challenge on this trip was to resist the urge to eat exactly what we did last time (because it was so delicious) in an effort to try something new. Still, we couldn’t help but order the Roma’s Sampler – it’s such a crowd pleaser…especially the onion loaf with that warm barbecue sauce! But after our charming server, Brian, gave us an extensive tour of the menu, we also decided to try the Kickin’ Shrimp. Dusted with flour and flash fried, it’s then tossed in an creamy ‘buffalo’ sauce and served beautifully in a large martini glass with chopsticks over shredded greens.
This was by far the unanimous favorite for our entire table of the night!
Across the table, we each had a bite of their house & Caesar salad, as well as the Loaded Baked Potato soup. While I wouldn’t go back for these alone, the salads were fresh and delicious and the soup was rich and beautiful to look at.
It’s hard not to go to Tony Roma’s without ordering ribs, so that’s what half of the table did. Most notably, my husband ordered the St. Louis Sampler: a dozen of their St. Louis ribs featuring four of Tony’s Signature Sauces: Original, Carolina Honeys, Blue Ridge Smokies and Tony Roma’s Red Hots. Not only was the presentation playful, but if offered a charming variation on an already delicious favorite (and perfect for a man who LOVES having a variety of sauces at every meal!).
Keeping in the same theme of enjoying a variety of flavors on one plate, I opted for the Filet Medallions with Shrimp Scampi. Now the scampi was fine, but after our Kickin’ Shrimp appetizer, it was hard to compete. What swayed me to order the Filet Medallions was the opportunity to choose my sauce on each medallion. I went with the Cabernet Demi Glaze as well as the Blue Cheese crust. And it still came with my choice of two sides! Compared to so many of the other ‘tourist’ restaurants in Florida, this food rises far above, especially when making a side by side comparison of quality and price.
While I’d love to be able to tell you both were delicious, you’ll have to take my AND my 5 year old’s word for it….after one bite, he decided to devour my entire Cabernet Demi Glaze filet 🙂
It was hard to imagine eating anything else after that, but we couldn’t turn down the Dessert Trio to sample three mini portions of their Key Lime Pie, Raspberry Brownie Royale & Golden Apple Tart. When Brian & the manager, Jim, stopped back to see how we were enjoying our dessert, they raved so much about their Chocolate Chunk Cookie Sandwich, that we just HAD to taste that too….and it did not disappoint!
I think it’s safe to say that not only is Tony Roma’s delicious & satisfying, but it’s consistent; while some may consider this a boring word, as a frequent traveler, few words are more important to me and my family.
And you know this frugal mom loves a good deal! Here are just a few I learned about on our recent trip:
*Free, Live piano music every Thursday – Saturday from 7p – close (the Jensen Beach location is the only one to offer this!)
*Endless ribs on Mondays for one price
*Tuesday’s kids under 12 eat free!
*They also offer a Lunch Club: With your Lunch Club card, after you buy 4 lunches, you get the 5th free! And Tuesday’s you get double punches, helping you get that free lunch even faster!
*They also have Happy Hour food AND drink specials in the bar from 3-7 and 9-close Monday through Friday
And if you’re still looking for a place to take day to treat him on Father’s Day, you’re definitely going to want to find a Tony Roma’s location near you. Every family who dines at Tony Roma’s on Father’s Day will receive a certificate good for a FREE appetizer or dessert on their next visit!
Even if you can’t make it to Tony Roma’s on Father’s Day, they’ve offered a chance for two of my readers to each win a $50 gift card!
In honor of our dads, leave a comment below to enter saying why you’d like to treat dad (or someone else special in your life) to a special dinner.
I’ve also got some ways for you to get additional entries:
- Become a Fan on Facebook (SamiCone.com) or Tony Roma’s & SHARE the contest on your Facebook wall (https://www.samicone.com/?p=12855) OR comment on Tony Roma’s Facebook page with what you’d most like to try there
- Follow @TheSamiCone or @TonyRomas on Twitter & RT the following
I want to take dad to @TonyRomas thanks to @TheSamiCone (https://www.samicone.com/?p=12855)
You have until Saturday, June 25 to enter, and you can enter once per day. Don’t forget to go to Tony Roma’s on Father’s Day to get your free treat on your next visit!
This would be Amazing! I Love their sauces. Love grilling out but if I can get this…well, well, we are going Out To Eat!
I’d like to treat YOU to dinner because I miss you! ….hopefully the random number generator feels the love tonight baby! hahaha
tweet – 6/25
I follow @TheSamiCone or @TonyRomas on Twitter & RTed
I am your and Tony Roma’s fan on Facebook and posted about the giveaway:
I would love to take my husband and our daughter out for a nice dinner to celebrate his new job and to let him know we appreciate all the hard work he does for us!
I’d like to win the gift card to treat my husband, the father of our six children, to a great meal. I’m a stay-at-home homeschooling mom, with no income of my own, so it would be nice to “pay” for a date.
twitter follower @kolpin4680
kolpin4680 at gmail dot com
my boyfriend deserves it bc he lost his job & needs cheering up
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I would love to take my Dad and my husband!! They both LOVE barbeque.
Like both pages on Facebook!
I’d love to treat my brother who recently lost his wife of 30 years. He loves some RIBS!!! I think he’s LOVE Tony Roma’s!
I’d love to treat a dear family friend who is like a grandpa to our kids!
Follow you both and tweeted–https://twitter.com/suebaby05/status/82958844564746240
I would like to treat my husband to a special dinner because he’s currently working overseas and the food is just not what he’s used to, hasn’t had a steak in 3 weeks. We have never been to a Tony Roma’s and one just opened last month in our area. Thanks for the chance!
I posted it to the Blonde Mom Blog Facebook page! Great giveaway. I am all about the food and beverage LOL.
Thanks Jamie! I’m with you – love me some great restaurant giveaways!
I’d love to treat my husband, who SO needs a break!
I’m a fan and shared this on my wall and tweeted it too.
Excited to find this on twitter! Enter me please!
thanks for this contest.
I shared you on facebook and retweeted you on twitter.
I’m a fan and shared this on my wall!
I follow you on Twitter and tweeted! This would be perfect for when I take the kids home to WI to visit my parents.
Tweeted and tagged you in the tweet:-) (my email is different for twitter tho. [email protected])
I would love to take my husband to eat at Tony Romas. He deserves a nice dinner. He provides for us, me and two children. I love being able to stay home with my kids and watch them grow up. My husband works hard to make that happen!
Twitter follower and tweeted. https://twitter.com/jen_r_horn/status/82470801290444801
Like Tony Roma’s on FB and posted on their wall.https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150226957453116&id=1128795495
Would love to treat my husband. He works hard to make sure our family has what they want and need. He’s a great dad.
I would like to treat one of my best friends and her family to dinner. I`ve watched them hit rock bottom and continue to be blessed with the basic necessities. It would be great to for her to get out and not have to worry about dinner (nor the cost) for one night.
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