Don Shula’s name has been associated with winning for more than five decades. Shula is the winningest coach in NFL history and his 1972 Miami Dolphins remain the only unbeaten team in league history. To be sure, the Shula name and image are iconic in the South Florida sports scene. Equally as iconic is the Shula name on the legendary coach’s chain of steakhouses and restaurants throughout South Florida and beyond.
A Shula’s Steakhouse or Shula-branded restaurant is synonymous with high quality beef, seafood, flavors and service. Among the more popular eateries in the Shula’s portfolio is Shula’s on the Beach at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. It’s the centerpiece of the 432-room resort’s dining offerings and brings together all that’s great about the Shula’s brand - with a beach view.
“We’re not traditional steakhouse because of our proximity to the beach,” said Daniel Lydia, the restaurant’s general manager. “We offer more seafood (than its sister steakhouses) and we’re more relaxed. You won’t see servers in white jackets and old-school bartenders.”
True enough, but what you will find is the famed Shula Cut steaks, each from Premium Black Angus Beef. Black Angus Beef is known for its marbling, which provides superior flavor and taste. Those can be found in every Shula Cut, whether it’s the 8 oz. Filet Mignon or Shula’s classic 24 oz. Porterhouse.
“We wet-age our meat because of the consistency and flavor it provides,” Lydia said. “That’s a trademark of the Shula Cut. It’s all about great tasting beef.”
If you’re’ looking to “Cowboy Up”, the 22 oz. Cowboy Steak is a great choice; if you want something smaller but still filling, give the 16 oz. New York Strip a try – it’s among the more popular items on the menu. A 16 oz. Cowboy is a recent addition to the menu that’s good for diners who can’t lasso the 24- ounce version.
If seafood is more your thing, you can’t go wrong with the Jumbo Sea Scallops and the Cold Water Lobster Tails (one or two).
“Our menu is very well represented,” Lydia said. “We’ve got a couple of cuts of meat for the steak connoisseur and for those guests just looking for a nice dinner.”
The steaks and seafood, of course, are the stars of the menu, but the sides at Shula’s on the Beach really complete the dining experience. Each of the sides is big enough to serve two people, so it makes it easy to select two or three. The Lobster Mashed Potatoes are a “must have,” and you can’t go wrong with the Crab Mac and Cheese and Double Baked Potato.
“We’re lucky we have the power of longevity here,” Lydia said. “Our consistency and quality has stood the test of time.”
Just like the ’72 Dolphins.