Jensen's Supper Club is a type of place that would not seem out of place in the 1950s with its Midwest prime rib roasted for 18 hours, its surf ’n’ turf combos, and its extensive martini list. It’s a place where large groups go to celebrate special occasions—it can accommodate groups of up to 100—and where relish trays, popovers, and house salads accompany each entree.
The eatery is partly an homage to owner Doron Jensen’s grandfather Al, who founded Jensen’s Cafe in Nebraska in 1947. Doron worked in that café until his grandpa passed in 1979. He wanted to take over the family business but was too young at the time, so he moved on to work in the restaurant industry, even founding a steak-house chain. But Doron eventually grew tired of chains and, in 1996, decided to open a local supper club that would pay tribute to his grandfather and a simpler era with its uncomplicated—but delicious—food and lack of robot waiters.
In 1934, Don Gulden opened a tavern next to a golf course. Over the next 40 years, this tavern saw a forced relocation, several name changes, and even a disastrous fire. Yet the undaunted Gulden's always reopened and forged on, buoyed by the reputation of its mixed drinks and much-discussed holiday parties. Long after Mr. Gulden sold the building in 1974, it fell into the hands of Mike and Brenda Gengler, who paid tribute to its creator by renaming it Gulden's Restaurant & Bar.
In keeping with the spirit of the original, the new and improved Gulden's still hosts special dinners for holidays such as Mother's Day and Thanksgiving. A downstairs banquet hall offers catering for special events and a private place for the building's ghosts to convene at night, but it's the restaurant's everyday menu that continues to attract regulars. Chefs grill tender sirloin steaks, slow-cook hickory pork ribs, bake lasagna from scratch, and coat frog legs in crunchy beer batter, so there's truly something to satisfy everyone.
Warm light and modern décor greet diners at Sawa Japan, and hibachi chefs dazzle diners with adroit teppanyaki-cooking showmanship. Lobster tail and filet mignon pirouette through the air and gently alight on an open hibachi grill. At the opposite end of the cooking spectrum, sushi chefs arrange raw morsels into dozens of à la carte sushi and signature-roll selections. Artful sushi presentations match the modern ambiance of the sushi bar, which extends into the dining area where soft music and large, airy windows evoke a peaceful climate.
Hunting buddies Michael and Mike routinely shared the bounty of their hunting trips with friends and family, but that wasn?t enough?they wanted to share their love of meat with the masses. The pair opened a steak house that looks like a rustic hunting cabin, and added some personal touches to the meat-heavy menu. Michael created a signature steak rub, and concocted a perfect blend of ground beef for the restaurant's steak burgers. Mike added heat to the kitchen with an open-flame grill, which brings out a unique flavor profile in the hand-cut steaks, ribs, and chicken. And Executive Chef Gary Stenberg puts his own spin on the classic steak-house menu, complementing the meats with garnishes such as housemade apple compote, country gravy, horseradish cream, and cotton candy au jus.
The hibachi and sushi chefs at Murasaki Sushi Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar concoct specialty rolls, tempura, and hibachi-style dishes such as the calamari steak dinner. While enjoying teppanyaki with groups of friends or new acquaintances made while trapped inside a speeding bus, diners can drink sake martinis and cocktails such as the Lotus Blossom, a mix of cold sake, lychee, and lime juice with a sugar-coated rim. Murasaki Steakhouse is only open during dinner hours.
Charming palates with its all-American, culinary good looks, Cadillac Ranch showcases a sizzling menu of burgers, steaks, cocktails, and mechanical bull riding inside a lively rock 'n' roll–styled space. Rev up appetites with hulking plates of Texas wings ($9.95) or kettle chips, thinly sliced starch shards that come deep-fried and paired with blue-cheese crumbles, garlic cream sauce, balsamic drizzle, and scallions ($7.95). A well-packed roster of burgers includes the A-1 mushroom, a half-pound of Angus beef smothered in the earthy allure of mushrooms, swiss cheese, and A-1 sauce ($11.95). Quasi-carnivores can opt for the turkey burger ($11.95) or the walleye sandwich, socked with a deep-fried dose of beer and smoked cheddar cheese ($12.95). Go big on 21-ounces of bone-in rib-eye steak nestled in demi-glaze and served with sautéed green beans and mashed potatoes to sate monster appetites ($32.95). Moms daintily dice iceberg-lettuce wedge salads ($7.95), and pint-sized broods play with two mini Angus cheese burgers ($4.95) or build scale models of Frank Gehry architecture with chicken tenders ($4.95).