A quality American steak is what you’llfind when you take a trip toBob’s Steak & Chop Houseat Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. With huge portions and a stylish home-cooked feel, it’s a great spot for drinks or dinner.
As soon as you take a seat, you’re greeted with great service and warm, fresh bread that’s always served without a knife, because great bread is meant to be broken. My favorite part about sitting down at a Bob’s table is the giant jar of pickled cucumbers and peppers. Apparently, Bob’s grandmother was known for her pickles and the tradition carries on at the restaurant.
It’s always nice to have built-in conversation starters at a restaurant. If conversation lags while dining, you’ve got ready-made talking points, because there’s always something to look at when it comes to the décor. In fact, in order to be as authentic as possible to the Northeast Florida beach feel, they scoured the thrift stores in Fernandina, Amelia Island and Jacksonville for items true to our area.
The menu does it right, focusing only on fresh seafood and well-prepared steaks. Bob’s also features a varied wine list for pairing with whichever dish you choose.
Seafood lovers should start with the fried calamari ($12) or the shrimp cocktail appetizer ($16). When the shrimp arrives at your table, you may have difficulty believing your eyes, as they are the biggest shrimp I have ever seen. I mean it, these shrimp could go head-to-head with a lobster.
For dinner, satisfy your craving for a perfectly cooked steak or a crowd-pleaser like salmon. The steaks are cooked at 1,800˚ F and given 10 minutes to cool, so the perfect steak arrives at your table. We ordered the 14-ounce prime ribeye ($39) and the broiled salmon ($30). Each entrée includes your choice of a baked potato, skillet-fried potatoes or smashed potatoes and one of the most ginormous carrots you’ve ever seen. Seriously huge carrots.
I recommend any of the sides, such as sautéed mushrooms and spinach ($9), or creamed corn ($9); it’s all so good, you’ll definitely find your perfect match. My favorite will always be Brussels sprouts ($9). If your 10-year-old self just grimaced thinking about Brussels sprouts, you need to put on our big kid pants and let your adult self give these beauties another go. When the little green spheres are done right, they’re delectable, roasted, savory. Just yum.
Trust me when I say you’ll probably need a to-go box for your entrée, and you’ll want to save some room for dessert. Pick your sugar rush from the giant versions of classic desserts that Bob’s offers. From a slab of chocolate cake, a quarter of a Key lime pie and sundae bowl filled ice cream made by Leopold’s in Savannah, your sweet tooth will be happy.