Inside Coco Louco Brasil’s dining room, swirls of aromatic steam dance above platters of fresh seafood and meat skewered and grilled in the traditional Brazilian churrasco style. From behind the full bar, the restaurant's mixologist tops off glasses with cocktails, including the signature Brazilian drink known as the caipirinha. Most weekend nights, a host of live musicians entertain patrons with music ranging anywhere from traditional Brazilian samba to modern pop to playing the Canadian frog xylophone.
Servers bearing 3-foot skewers of slow-cooked meat circulate the dining room looking for green ?go? cards. When diners flash them, they arrive at tables and carve slices of top sirloin, lamb, pork, and chicken?each smoked over mesquite wood?until they?re told to stop. Although the restaurant undoubtedly caters to carnivores, guests who prefer veggies can munch on meatless feasts composed of 35 different items, including caramelized bananas, Brazilian mashed potatoes, and pasta.
Though upgraded and modernized with new amenities, Sam’s Steakhouse is housed in an early-20th-century building and preserves an Old World charm while offering a selection of succulent steaks. Patrons can sidle up to a wooden bar or sit beneath soft track lighting at a table near a gently crackling fireplace. Large banquet settings and private party rooms are also available to host larger parties. Soft music enhances the atmosphere as appetizers such as lobster ravioli and shrimp fromage pave roads toward massive 24-ounce porterhouse steaks and fried lobster tails accompanied by delicate wines.
When most people think of art, their minds may fill with images of famous paintings or sculptures. But at Prime 1000, diners alight on a different kind of art––one the eatery dubs "the art of steak." With this approach, each dish is painstakingly prepared, with special attention paid to its presentation, which may include sprigs of fresh parsley or the autograph of da Vinci across a T-bone. Steaks are carefully selected for their flavor and tenderness, whether they hail from Australia or the nearby grassy fields of Missouri.
Since a menu comprised entirely of mouth-watering steak would be both unimaginative and difficult to read if overcooked, Chef Andrew Shrensker lets 15 Steakhouse's diners choose from a wide range of favorably flavored menu options made fresh from rotating, seasonal ingredients. Lead off with some toasted chorizo dumplings dipped in tomato jam ($8)—or skip the appe-teasers entirely and head straight for home plate with options such as build-your-own burgers or one of Jim Edmonds' 14 oz. rib eye steaks ($29). If you want to separate the men from the boys without dividing the turf from the surf, combine beer battered ribs ($9) and pesto crusted salmon ($20). A lengthy list of sides lets you pair your main plate with wild mushrooms, cheddar, garlic or butter mashed potatoes, fries with buttermilk basil peppercorn aioli, or mac 'n' cheese ($5 each).
After turning in their helmets and shoulder pads, former NFL Cardinal players Dan Dierdorf and Jim Hart opened Dierdorf & Hart's Steakhouse together. Established in 1983, the restaurant pays homage to the football stars' fondness for high-quality steaks with an enduring menu of premium cuts. Executive chef Ryan Boulware ages beef for more than 21 days before directing a kitchen crew to broil the meats under intense heat for optimal flavor and tenderness. The chefs supplement their time-honored menu of tenderloins, filets, and rib eyes with hearty burgers, stacked sandwiches, and fine seafood dishes.
Diners linger over bites within the spacious leather booths of the upscale dining room, where sunlight pours onto soft-green walls and handsome wood trim. From behind an elegant center bar, bartenders dole out draft beer, fine wine, and specialty cocktails. Outside, umbrellas and tables cover an outdoor patio, where a stone fountain flows with crystal-blue water on summer days and green beer on bank holidays.