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.
Offering breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, Saddle Ranch’s menu of succulent steaks—such as the New York strip ($28.99) with a demi-glaze, Jack Daniel’s sauce, or herb-garlic butter—are, of course, the big draw. But its specialties extend far beyond that to include barbecue baby-back ribs ($21.99), seasoned sweet and spicy black-tiger shrimp ($18.99), and fresh Atlantic salmon garnished with fresh lemon and garlic-herb butter ($19.99). Lighter appetites, meanwhile, can tuck into sandwiches like the Jack Daniel’s sloppy joe ($10.99) or a south-of-the-border Hacienda Salad ($12.99). Top off a gut-busting repast with the deep-dish cobbler ($8.99) before riding Saddle Ranch's mechanical bull into a credits-rolling sunset.
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.
Executive chef Sunil Kumar's healthy twists on Indian dishes earned Bombay Spice Grill the Best Food award at the 2009 Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Across the restaurant's Phoenix and Chicago locations, olive oil, instead of traditional ghee or butter, creates a heart-healthy base for vegan versions of curry, vindaloo, and other classic Indian sauces. Kitchen maestros top build-your-own entrees with these sauces, mingling rice or quinoa with vegetables, chicken, tofu, and beef. To compliment these dishes, Bombay Spice serves wine and beer from around the world by the bottle, glass, or bathtub.
Instead of frittering away quarters at the arcade like most boys his age, Dean Laplant began learning his trade at age 13 by working the grill at his parents' steak house. He went on to open his own steak house in Wisconsin at the young age of 28, and later moved to Chandler to start DC Steak House, where he channels his years of experience into effortlessly preparing a menu of fine steaks, seafood, and chops.
Dean's wife, Lori, adorned the dining-room walls of DC Steak House's 100-year-old building in vivid murals that depict the local area's rich history. These elegant murals, along with soft hanging lights and white tablecloths, create a dining atmosphere more comfortable than a sofa stuffed with cotton candy. Patrons exit the restaurant into Chandler's bustling downtown square filled with shops and home to a variety of seasonal festivals.
Iguana Mack’s pays edible homage to Arizona’s classic roadside comfort food havens, offering live entertainment and a versatile menu filled with steak, seafood, burgers, and southwest favorites. Starters such as the spicy drunken shrimp ($9.50) prep masticating mandibles for the flavor onslaught of the original Mack burger, an all-beef patty layered with special sauce and Iguana relish, and paired with a choice of homemade sides ($8.50). The fish ‘n’ chips serves up flash-fried, hand-breaded Icelandic cod as a spin on the classic British dish, replete with fries and mellifluous working class Liverpool accent ($11.95). Cylindrical sumptuousness takes shape with the chimichanga carnitas, carefully rolling together smoke-roasted pork carnitas, spicy green-chili sauce, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa ($9.95).