After a 9 hour flight from London and faced with the prospect of a lot of driving around Miami my wife and I decided that on our first night in Dolphin country we would be taken by cab to experience some real American food, at none other than Shula’s original steakhouse.

The meat menu is painted on a genuine NFL football

The meat menu is painted on a genuine NFL football that is signed on the unpainted side by Shula himself in a silver pen

Named after Superbowl winning head coach Don Shula Shula’s is certainly no burger joint, it’s quite a classy joint in fact, with framed pictures of players from the Dolphins perfect 17-0 season in 1972. There is also lots of great photographs and plaques and some cabinets with memorabilia from the 70s.

Despite our taxi driver looking like some sort of hispanic gangster who couldn’t find his way from his own bedroom to his own bathroom, meaning we arrived over an hour late, we bowled up at Shula’s in Miami Lakes very hungry (even though we were actually staying on the same road as a more recently built Shula’s).

Shula’s is famous for serving up a 48oz – YES a 48oz porterhouse steak. They come up to your table with a meat trolley. No kidding the waiter or waitress rattles of a load of details about cling film wrapped pieces of cow and then asks if you want a gut busting 48oz slab of steak, which if you eat all of you get a signed Don Shula t-shirt and picture and membership to the 48oz Club.

The legendary 48oz Shula steak is in the middle and is about 8cm high

The 48oz Shula steak is in the middle and is about 8cm high

 

Having thought about having that much beef ducking and diving through my intestines I decided that Shula’s signature will need to be obtained without eating the side of a cow’s body.

I had the French onion soup for a starter, and that was enough on its own to fill me up. It was packed with giant croutons and topped with an entire slab of melted cheese.

Call me a wimp but I only went for the 8oz fillet mignon and a shared caesar salad, and my  wife went for the crab cakes (which she dined on for two days after).

At Shula's was the ball given to Don to mark his 100th NFL  coaching win - a 52-0 whipping of the Patriots

At Shula's was the ball given to Don to mark his 100th NFL coaching win - a 52-0 whipping of the Patriots

 

One of the 'Perfect Season' display boards at Shula's

One of the 'Perfect Season' display boards at Shula's

Above all a great way to start a holiday and I have a few napkins and pens as souvineers!
Above all a great way to start a holiday and I have a few napkins and pens as souvineers!

We did not bother with a desert as we were full, and because the taxi driver was so inept he waited  in the car park for us and took us all the way back to our hotel for half price.

 
Overall if you want a real American treat visit Shula’s Steak House, but expect a big hit on the old credit card.
 
Just like the infamous 17-0 Dolphins the food was perfect!
 
Anyone else been to a Shula’s or eaten a 48oz lump of steer?
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