Bistro 44 anchors its dinner menu with stomach-delighting salads, sandwiches, and meaty entrees that earned the establishment Tucson Lifestyle Magazine's Silver Award for Best Bistro in 2011. Hearty greens freshen the evening dining scene, including an Asian-inspired ahi tuna salad that pairs seared rare fish with greens, carrots, wontons, and sesame-ginger dressing ($16.99). A clutch of three fish tacos clutches avocado, salsa fresca, sautéed onions, and cabbage in a tortilla with cilantro-lime sauce. Diners can opt for the pork tenderloin with fingerling potatoes ($16.50) or fortify the body for a grueling Die Hard marathon with the pepper-bacon-wrapped filet, an 8-ounce slab of certified Angus beef paired with cabernet-veal glace and garlic au gratin potatoes ($26.99). A robust kids' menu enumerates entree combinations for petite tastes, such as grilled chicken with mashed potatoes and a drink ($4.95).
For more than 17 years, Chad's has offered a casual, relaxed atmosphere with a dinner menu that centers largely on its specialties: prime rib and a slew of succulent steaks. All steaks—including Chad's signature rib eye ($21.95), the filet ($21.45), and the sizzling mushroom steak ($17.95)—come with a dinner salad, fresh baked cheese bread, cowboy beans, and choice of baked potato, sweet potato, french fries, or rice. At many steakhouses, non-beef eaters are taken out back and impaled with a barbecue fork, but Chad's respects other diners with a menu that includes charbroiled chicken breasts ($14.95) in a lemon-butter or teriyaki sauce, the delicious oxymoron that is jumbo shrimp scampi, grilled and smothered in garlic butter ($16.95), and a fresh-catch seafood option offered at market price. Chad's is also open for lunch, with a range of sandwiches, burgers, salads, and soups.
The Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon ropes in a loyal clientele of hungry ranchers with a full menu of mesquite-grilled steaks cut in-house. Slide into a booth beneath the restaurant's rustic wagon-wheel chandeliers and warm up with homemade chips and salsa ($4.95)—or make a healthy choice with deep-fried zucchini ($5.95) sourced directly from locally grown deep-fried gardens. For the main event, savor slow-roasted prime rib ($18.95–$25.95), or test one's stomach dimensions with the T-bone ($25.95). Mesquite-grilled Back Bay pork ribs ($16.95 for a half-rack) marinated in beer leave digits dripping with tangy sauce, and a pair of lamb chops served with mint jelly ($20.95) is easy to share with first dates or sock puppets. All dinners come entouraged by a salad with secret Steak Out dressing, cowboy beans, and a choice of ranch fries, baked potatoes, or vegetables.
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).
A Town Pass at Rawhide lets weekend cow-wranglers saunter up to many of the Old West–themed attractions as many times as they like for a single day. Teach tots important human-donkey mind-melding techniques at the petting zoo, or let greenhorn lone-guns take a tottering ride atop a stout burro. More advanced cowpokes can attempt to drink a milkshake atop the Widowmaker mechanical bull, clamber up the Deadman's Drop rock climbing wall, or relax and leave the high-flying stunts to the daredevils at the Six Gun Theater, or by perusing the rambling thoroughfare's stretch of shops.