Mercury Chophouse may have only opened at the turn of the 21st century, but it fits in perfectly with the historic surroundings of Sundance Square. Its spot inside the former Plaza Hotel has retained some vintage touches, including tin ceilings, exposed brick, and a marble-topped bar. And the classic steakhouse menu keeps with this vibe, opening with appetizers such as mini beef-tip wellington and escargot in garlic butter. These are a perfect prelude to the meaty entrees, which include three steak cuts that range from an 8-ounce filet to a 20-ounce bone-in rib eye. There's seafood too, of course, such as pan-seared scallops, and a dessert menu with after-dinner wines and cordials. During meals, guests can select glasses or bottles from a wine list that includes varietals from four continents, at least until NASA plants new vineyards on Jupiter's moons.
From the ninth floor, sweeping views of Arlington?s entertainment district fill the windows at Cacharel Restaurant. Cacharel?s menus list an array of steaks and seafood entrees to accompany the panorama, which includes views of Rangers Ballpark, Cowboys Stadium, and acres of trees planted between them so the buildings would stop fighting. Pale earth tones and plenty of natural light decorate the space as the staff exits the kitchen bearing swordfish piccata and center-cut pork rib chops. At the other end of the restaurant, views of serpentine roller coasters glimmer in the twilight as the staff tempts diners with homemade desserts. The Grand Ballroom portrays the same picturesque scenery through its seventh-floor windows and can be rented for weddings, meetings, and other gerunds.
Chef Jerrett Joslin orchestrates a symphony of sizzling sounds and blooming flames while grilling certified-Angus steaks at The Wild Mushroom Steak House & Lounge. Here, guests are seated at tables draped in white linens, which offset the dining area's coffee-colored walls, and tuck into plates piled with juicy carnivorous morsels such as the prime filet. The Chilean sea bass, one of Fort Worth, Texas magazine's top 25 dishes, delights taste buds with three varieties of mushrooms beneath black-truffle-cream sauce. To wash down the rich and hearty bites, a selection of more than 260 wines from the Wine Spectator's Restaurant Wine List awaits, ranging from California cabernet sauvignon to Australian shiraz to German riesling. The Wild Mushroom has even won an Award of Excellence from WineSpectator.com for their extensive wine lists. The dining room?s dim lighting adds romantic ambience and kindly prevents dates from noticing third and fourth eyebrows.
Chef Joe Lane is driven by the belief that "people should be able to have exceptional seafood wherever they are," as he writes on his website. At Fish Creek, Joe uses fresh seafood and other high-quality ingredients to build an award-winning menu that includes dishes such as bacon-wrapped shrimp brochette, crab cakes over cheese grits with a bacon remoulade, filet mignon, king crab legs, and several varieties of shrimp cocktail. Servers ferry these dishes, as well as Southern-inspired cocktails and margaritas, to polished tables arranged under exposed rafters in the relaxed atmosphere of the dining room. Patrons can also dine on a wooded back patio that holds up to 75 guests.
When customers step into Buffalo Gap Steakhouse & Cantina, they step into the past—or, at least, a reasonable facsimile. The Tex-Mex grill's airy interiors recall rustic frontier homes and tax offices with accents such as adobe-style walls, timber-framed doors, and hanging textiles and hides. This space fills with the sound of live music on Saturday nights, and always promises the aromas of blackened tilapia and ample steaks fresh from the grill.
Inside the kitchen, the chef focuses on hearty house specials, including chicken-fried steaks, fried-fish dinners, and grilled half chickens smothered with lemon and garlic sauce. One of the restaurant's biggest draws, however, is the beef: grilled reserve Angus rib eye, center-cut sirloin, and aged tenderloin steaks. On Friday and Saturday nights, the chef also prepares a special garlic and herb-crusted Angus Prime rib steak for regular diners, a privilege once reserved for the customer who could guess the cow's favorite color.
Though chef Daniel Nemec specialized in classic French cuisine at the Texas Culinary Academy, his heart lies in the smokehouse. As the leader of Woodfire Kirby’s kitchen, he draws from his experiences growing up in Corpus Christi, where steaks and barbecue pepper the culinary landscape and are considered legal tender.
Nemec imbues hickory flavor in ribs, chops, and sirloin burgers, but demonstrates the wood’s versatility with a menu that also includes wood-fired soups and thin-crust pizzas. New york strip steaks and blue-ribbon fillets are cooked to a choice of six temperatures, including classic medium rare and charred-yet-red pittsburgh. Available raw, grilled, or poached, seafood showcases spices that range from asian to argentine to creole.
A private room welcomes up to 48 visitors with a high-definition TV and four banquet menus, and the dining room attracts nighttime guests with handcrafted cocktails and a buzz as vibrant as a birthday party inside a hornet nest.