Although The BarnDoor Steakhouse opens for lunch on most days, things get even more interesting after 2 p.m. That's when entr?es start arriving at tables with the house's award-winning bread and a block of Wisconsin cheddar. A look over in the center of the dining room yields a view of cooks searing hand-carved, USDA prime steaks?from bacon-wrapped filet mignons to 14-ounce Kansas City strips?before topping each cut with garlic butter.
Open since 1963, the restaurant provides a dining experience that's elegant, down-home, and may give you the sudden urge to lasso something. Specialty beef entrees aside, the menu sports everything from boiled crab legs by the pound to the Stack of Hay, BarnDoor-speak for fried onions. Wine and spirits from the historic Pecos Depot bar pair perfectly with meals, which unfold in the spacious barn-themed dining area complete with country music in the background.
For the last 30 years, the hibachis at Shogun Steakhouse have lightly browned the edges of fresh seafood, steak, and veggies. That's because Shogun specializes in the teppanyaki style of cooking, in which chefs whip up full grilled dinners right in front of diners. In addition to hibachi meals and fresh sushi, the chefs prepare international treats, including Chinese noodle dishes and New York?style cheesecake.
Harrigan's appeases antsy appetites with a variety of hearty fare, including hunger-busting burgers, satiating steaks, and face-friendly seafood. Bacon-wrapped shrimp injected with cream cheese and spicy jalapeños ($10.99), kicks off the varied menu, while a bowl of brandy-flavored french onion soup covered in melty cheese smothers the edge of any appetite ($5.99). The burger list includes 8-ounce patties topped with delectable garnishes such as guacamole ($9.49), bacon and cheese ($9.99), and green chilies ($9.49), while steak specialties do away with the buns for a carb-dodging delight. The tenderloin brochette consists of tender medallions served alongside grilled bacon-wrapped shrimp and seasonal vegetables ($19.99), while the meaty Alaskan halibut ($18.99) accommodates seafaring stomachs with ease.
The chefs at Centennial Steakhouse at Zia Park Casino do more than sear hand-cut, USDA-quality aged rib-eye, filet mignon, and porterhouse steaks to order. They also handcraft creamy hollandaise sauce for topping grilled asparagus and salmon oscar, roast garlic for flavoring fluffy mashed potatoes, and prepare sweet, buttery lobster tails for storing surplus casino winnings. Along with the lengthy wine list, the chocolate-brown interior's soft lighting and private booths make it an ideal spot for a date.