Hearty steaks, Italian dishes, American classics, and seafood specialties meet in the multicultural milieu of Anchor's Landing's menu. The heaping plate of golden fried pickles or onion rings that's included with this Groupon pumps appetites with crispy panache. Then dive into a hearty 10- to 12-ounce rib-eye steak ($16.99) or a fried combo platter (one catfish filet, four fried shrimp, and a crab cake, $15.99). Anchor's Landing proudly serves imported pasta swimming in homemade sauces. Slurp seafood linguine (sautéed shrimp, scallops, and clams with a garlic wine sauce, $15.99), fettuccine alfredo ($7.99), or linguine carbonara ($8.99).
Silver Sage Grille dishes up a wide-ranging menu of hearty savories, including Cajun and Texan delights, artfully prepared with fresh ingredients. Flavorful offerings include the breaded, pan-seared chicken piccata ($13.95) basking beneath artichoke hearts, capers, and lemon-butter sauce or the jalapeño salmon béarnaise ($18.95), a spicy affair involving grilled salmon, crabmeat, and gulf shrimp trained in the saucy art of lambada. The kitchen grills or pan sears the prime rib eye ($17.95) or new york strip ($18.95) to diners' specifications and coats the finished product in either béarnaise sauce or blue cheese ($3.00 each). Herbivores can find flora-based sustenance in the Canyon Lake salad ($9.95, add $3 for shrimp or $2.50 for grilled chicken breast), an assemblage of mixed greens combined with yukon potatoes, grilled asparagus, and a boiled egg plucked from nearby orchards.
Casual al fresco dining and kid-friendly recreation come together at Beefy's Backyard to form a veritable family-fun sandwich, while Beefy's on the Green offers a slightly more formal dining area with an expanded menu. Like the North Star, Beefy's glowing menu provides guidance to peckish patrons eager to sink their teeth into bread-bound fare. Begin by foraging through a forest of crispy appetizers, sampling delicacies such as fried pickles, jalapeños, okra, and mushrooms ($4.99–$5.99). Beefy's bevy of burgers are dressed with edible accoutrements including bacon, grilled onions, cheese, salsa, and that unmatched new-clothes confidence ($4.29–$6.49). Symphonies of salads, including the southwest pulled chicken salad ($6.99) and the grilled sirloin salad ($7.49), await those who hunger healthfully. Satiation seekers can retire to the indoor dining room at Beefy's on the Green, or choose the Backyard's basketball court and AstroTurf field for rousing rounds of dunk-the-patty and kaiser roll keep-away.
A crackling fire warms guests perched at white-draped tables in the candlelit wine cellar. Upstairs, diners marvel at the picturesque views of the vineyard and rose garden filling the glass-enclosed patio's windows or deeply inhale the aroma of wildflowers drifting onto the vine-covered porch. It's against these intimate backdrops that servers at The Vineyards Restaurant deliver steak, seafood, and other upscale dishes to tables, which come aglow with candlelight as dusk falls.
The chefs work hard to make each bite as special as the surroundings. They age beef-tenderloin fillets for 45 days before plating them atop garlic-and-mushroom sauce and slowly marinate chicken in a spicy chipotle-garlic oil before nestling it in a bed of pasta covered in cilantro cream sauce.
With such food in such a setting, a regular night out at The Vineyards is one to remember, but a special occasion there is truly magical. For marriage proposals, anniversaries, and the reunions of long-lost pairs of socks, staffers lead guests down a candle-strewn path to a private table set for dessert among the vineyard's rows of grapevines. The Vineyards has held more than 500 weddings in its open-air pavilion, and its on-staff wedding coordinator and floral designer help plan picture-perfect ceremonies.