Tucked into the rolling greenery of the White Mountains, The Woodshed Restaurant resides in a converted 19th-century farmhouse and barn. The decor reflects the rustic charm of the setting, but the menu features plenty of modern treats. Chefs coat duck breast and confit leg in a cherry port wine reduction, or age steak tips in a sweet bourbon marinade. Though inland, they're still close enough to the sea to get fresh scallops, which they wrap in applewood bacon and serve alongside fire-roasted corn salsa. They follow up meals with all-American desserts such as apple crisp with vanilla ice cream, Denver chocolate pudding, and the chef's choice of flavored cheesecake.
Dinner at Brazilian Steakhouse is a prix-fixe feast: all-you-can-eat portions of bacon-wrapped filet mignon, leg of lamb, and parmesan pork loin reside next to broccoli rabe sautéed with shallots and white wine. More than 70 wines complement these massive meals, including champagnes that sparkle in the light from the dining room's patterned window screens. Diners can ask for wine recommendations from the restaurant's attentive waiters, whose excellent service garnered the steak house a Diners' Choice Award in 2012 and a high-five from Transylvanians who made special requests because of their garlic "allergies."
When Ricardo and Nancy Mermet opened Tango Restaurant, their mission was to bring a flavorful slice of Argentina to the Northeast. Sides of beef rotate slowly on spits over an open-flame grill, searing to premium tenderness and juiciness before a knife-wielding asadore (grill chef) carves off the choicest cuts. The menu revolves around beef entrees, such as filet mignon topped with roquefort cheese, but it also showcases grilled chicken marinated in lemon sauce and seafood dishes such as seasoned sole prepared with red sauce and cheese. Adventurous diners can try delicacies such as kidney and sweetbreads (usually made from the throat or pancreas), and super-adventurous diners can enjoy their meals while suspended above a shark tank.
Tango's vinegar-parsley chimichurri sauce complements the flavor of entrees, leading some diners to eat up to 2 pounds of meat in a single sitting, according to Ricardo and Nancy. Tango's chic wood bar pours wine and beer, and an open space invites diners to shimmy off their dinner by performing the eatery's eponymous dance amid dim mood lighting and exposed brick walls.
Situated on Salem’s scenic Pickering Wharf, Capt's Waterfront - Premium Steak & Seafood Grill provides guests with picturesque harbor views from its upstairs dining room and deck or first-floor bar and grill. While catching sports games playing on the widescreen televisions, guests in the bar and grill can overlook the harbor while cozied up next to the fireplace. Upstairs, the main dining area offers an ideal atmosphere for a romantic date or special event, with a full wine list and meals of charcoal-grilled steaks, lobster, and other market-fresh seafood. On Sundays, brunch momentarily takes over the eatery, with specialties such as lobster eggs benedict and apple-and-cheese French toast box served with a Bloddy Mary bar and bottomless coffees or espresso drinks.
Cala's aims for a local flavor, to the extent that one of their regular patrons catches the lobsters that go into dishes such as their lobster rolls. Local flavor infuses their menus, as well, with New England clam chowder among the appetizers and haddock and scallops among the choices for entrees. Diners can build their own pizzas with as many toppings as they please, and many dishes can be made vegetarian-style or without gluten.
Social 24 combines the chic atmosphere of a nightclub with the comfortable feel of a sports bar. More than 30 high-definition televisions beam down from above, showcasing the athletic prowess of the country's finest pitchers, linebackers, point guards, and dancing mascots, while a wall-sized projection screen gives a high-voltage view of pay-per-view sporting events. As guests revel in the adrenaline-fueled competitions on display, they can whet their whistles with one of 16 on-tap beers and feast on braised shortribs, beef tips, barbecue pulled pork, and coconut shrimp. From time to time, the bar also hosts acoustic acts, karaoke, comedians, pianists, and other forms of non-sports entertainment.