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Cox: Have steak with your sports at FlipSide

  • The 20-ounce King Cut prime rib with baked potato and all the fixings at FlipSide Steakhouse and Sports Bar in Santa Rosa. (JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

Steakhouses seem to be undergoing a bit of a return to vogue lately. Cattlemens and Cricklewood have been around since 1968 and 1976, respectively, with Stark's Steakhouse coming along in 2008, 930 Park in the Graton Resort and Casino in 2013, and now FlipSide Steakhouse and Sports Bar following quickly in 2014.

FlipSide is the brainchild of Nino Rabbaa, the proprietor of FlipSide Burgers on Third Street in Santa Rosa, the Lakeside Grill at Spring Lake, and the now-shuttered Rendez Vous Bistro on Courthouse Square that's being renovated into something new.

The new steakhouse occupies the room that was Rita's Chinese Restaurant and then Doc Holliday's in the St. Francis Shopping Center at the corner of Calistoga Road and Highway 12 in eastern Santa Rosa. For the décor, the room's designers have decided to go full underworld. Booths are diamond-tufted black leatherette, the walls are topped with indirect red lighting, and a line of flames dances in a partition between the two dining rooms. If you sit at a table, the chairs are hard and uncomfortable.

FlipSide Steakhouse And Sports Bar

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A passageway by a glassed-in wall of wine leads from the two dining rooms into the sports bar — two rooms that replace the former bar. The walls are crammed with 27 outsized flat-screen and projection TVs ablaze with all sorts of virtual sports, plus four billiard tables if you want to create some actual sport of your own.

Drinks from the full bar include cocktails, 10 draft beers and more by the bottle, 15 wines by the glass, and 58 wines by the bottle — organized into wines costing $30, $40, $50, and higher. If I had to pick just one bottle to go with a steak, it would be the 2010 Sbragia “Monte Rosso” Cabernet Sauvignon for $50. But a glass of 2010 Stonestreet Alexander Valley Cab for $14 would be perfectly acceptable and a lot less expensive.

Service was very accommodating, pleasantly delivered, and much appreciated.

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