For one afternoon each year, Lettuce Entertain You transforms one of its famed eateries into a mecca for brides-to-be, collecting the wares of both local and national retailers. Ladies linger over tables laden with dresses and invitations—categorized into vignettes such as elegant and vintage—as gown experts divulge their wisdom. To avoid being cut out of wedding photos, male counterparts sequester themselves in the Groom's Room, where man-friendly vendors toss out wardrobe and preening tips. Lettuce Entertain You disperses appetizers and drinks from a handful of their own top-rated eateries to prevent patrons from drooling over the dossiers of custom cake.
One wouldn’t expect to find so much as a puddle in the midst of the Sonoran Desert, but Wildfish Seafood Grille delivers much more: a veritable ocean of seafood dishes hailing from both coasts. An uncommon attention to detail is apparent in nearly every aspect of the restaurant, from the massive, electric-blue fin that drapes over one end of the bar to the appetizer-course shellfish towers that brim with succulent morsels of Maine lobster, shrimp, oysters, and jumbo lump crab. The rest of the menu makes the most of fresh catches, offering up everything from kung pao-style crispy cashew calamari to a whole market-fresh fish, simply dressed with lemon, olive oil, and a sprinkle of sea salt. But though the focus is on the fish, the chefs here have a few surprises up their sleeves. Their kitchen is also stocked with a prime selection of premium Black Angus steaks, which are aged 28 days and broiled to the standard of a gourmet steakhouse. And, as if the scent wasn't intoxicating enough, an exhibition kitchen puts the chefs on full display as they slice sashimi, stuff tacos with Maine lobster, and wrestle krakens into pots of boiling water.
At Remington's Restaurant, the filet mignon isn't just grilled to order?it's grilled over mesquite coals, whose smoke imbues the meat with extra flavor. The same coals cook the New Zealand rack of lamb, as well as tender pork chops glazed in prickly pear barbecue sauce. The steakhouse serves fresh seafood, too. Cedar planks salmon are painted in a maple mustard glaze, and broiled lobster can be used for games of Pin the Tail On the Crustacean out on the patio. Many of these meals are scored by live music. Local nightclub pianist Rags Allen often plays, along with other well-known jazz artists.
Like a trail of evidence, Market Street Kitchen brims with remnants of North Scottsdale's Western roots. You can find them in the sandblasted timber ceiling, the bentwood furniture, the distressed wooden walls. But perhaps most of all, the restaurant's all-American past manifests itself in the food. Esteemed executive chef Rick Guerrero and his staff like to apply classic techniques to their inventive dishes, including the use of a wood-fired rotisserie to roast poultry, pork, prime rib, and lamb. The resulting menu is divided into shareable small plates?such as fried green tomatoes and fresh fish tacos?and big plates, anchored by a nightly fresh market fish feature and Niman Ranch double-cut pork chops.
Commuters. Cruisers. Mountain bikes. Recumbents. If it has two wheels and looks ridiculous when ridden by an elephant, then chances are customers can find it at Bicycles of Phoenix. Its 8,500-square-foot showroom houses bicycles and gear for all levels, from beginners to professional competitors. Staffers happily help patrons select the right gear. And in the onsite shop, each of Bicycles of Phoenix's mechanics draws on more than 25 years of experience to administer tune-ups and repairs.
Wooden beams and tables, American-flag accents, a DJ booth, and real Cadillacs on the roof accentuate Cadillac Ranch’s southwestern vibe, which is permeated with rock and roll tunes. On game days, patrons gaze at a 150-inch HD projection screen or one of 30 plasma televisions while sampling bar bites such as tacos and burgers from one of the menus, which include a late-night selection that is served until midnight.