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Food Network's Best Steakhouses in the Country

Food Network’s Best Steakhouses in the Country

50 States of Steakhouses

Food Network’s Top Places to Eat

Though the decor and menus vary from coast to coast, from Western-style steakhouses to old-school Midwest supper clubs to big-city temples of haute beef, these are the best places to sate your carnivore cravings and enjoy a side of local flair.



With blue lighting in the bar and a saxophone riff floating over the raised high-back leather booths, Chandlers looks and feels like the kind of place that would have live jazz nightly and serve a killer martini. It’s also earned a reputation in Boise (and at its Sun Valley outpost) for its steaks and seafood, offering 13 different cuts of meat, many sourced from local purveyor Snake River Farms. Idaho’s most-famous export gets top billing too, with sides such as leek and fennel au gratin potatoes and pommes frites misted with truffle oil. Oh, and about that martini — it’s called the 10-minute martini and was created by locally famous bartender Pat Carden, who, quite by accident, developed a method of slow-stirring the martini, yielding an exceptionally smooth cocktail. (Ask your server to tell you the story while you wait.) If wine is more your thing, Chandlers boasts a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator (and the highest ranking in Idaho), with a list of more than 750 labels, a team of certified sommeliers and an excellent selection of wines by the glass.

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Chandlers Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence

Raise a glass to Chandlers Steakhouse; in fact, raise two glasses!

According to Wine Spectator, the Best of Award of Excellence certifies that the restaurant’s wine list displays excellent breadth across multiple wine-growing regions and pairs wines well with the cuisine. Making the list verifies that a restaurant is a destination for serious wine lovers, as it shows “a deep commitment to wine, both in the cellar and through their knowledgeable service staff.”

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Chandlers DiRōNA Achievement of Distinction in Dining

Dining at a DiRōNA Awarded Restaurant

Distinguished Restaurants of North America has been awarding restaurants since 1992. Out of over 300 restaurants awarded that year, we still have more than 50 that are in operation today. Currently, there are almost 700 Awarded restaurants across North America including 4 in the Caribbean!

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Chandlers selected one of America’s 50 Best Steakhouses for 2017

Chandlers named one of America’s 50 Best Steakhouses for 2017

Love a good steak? Then these shrines to meat should be on your list. From grand Las Vegas carnivore temples helmed by world-famous chefs to old-school Middle-American chophouses where a rib-eye is preceded by a visit to the salad bar, from clubby Chicago dining rooms loaded with mahogany and brass to New York institutions with now-household names, America has no shortage of great steakhouses. These are the 50 best.

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Chandlers re-opens, celebrates 10 year anniversary

Chandlers re-opens, celebrates 10 year anniversary

The 10th anniversary celebration event for Chandlers Steakhouse, which included a ribbon-cutting and re-grand opening, was held on May 25 at the restaurant at 9th and Grove streets. More than 200 people attended the event and a donation was made to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.

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Things will look a bit different when diners visit Chandlers, which recently updated its look and completely overhauled its kitchen. Kyle Green Statesman file photo

Fine dining restaurant Chandlers Steakhouse is preparing to reopen

If you’re craving a juicy rib-eye at Chandlers Steakhouse on Valentine’s Day, you’re out of luck.

They’re booked full — “and then some,” owner Rex Chandler jokes.

But if you’re jonesing for a Chandlers fix sooner than that, all you have to do is make a reservation. Boise’s top fine-dining restaurant, which closed Jan. 1 to remodel, plans to officially reopen Monday, Feb. 6.

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The new roof is getting built over the lounge and bar at Chandlers Steakhouse. Photo by Teya Vitu.

Chandlers Steakhouse renovations will create late-night jazz club

Rex Chandler is renovating his Chandlers Steakhouse because he says the 38-year-old structure needs it. But while he’s at it, Chandler plans to create a late-night jazz club/supper club in the lounge area with supper service from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Chandlers at downtown Boise’s Hotel 43 shut down at the end of the year for a near $1 million renovation that fully remodels the bar, lounge, entrance and kitchen and “subtly” improves the dining area. Chandler expects to reopen in the first week of February.

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Boise Weekly Highlights Chandlers Renovation

Boise Weekly Highlights Chandlers® Renovation

Speaking of New Year’s renovations, Chandlers Steakhouse is ushering in 2017 with a “major refresh.”

According to a filing with the city, Chandlers is enlarging its dining area more than 160 square feet by incorporating part of what was once elevated patio seating, as well as renovating its 25-year-old kitchen.

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Chandlers Advanced Sommelier awarded by the Court of Master Sommeliers

Chandlers Steakhouse Wine Director Achieves Advanced Sommelier Status

We’re excited to announce that the Chandlers Steakhouse Wine Director, Ryan Robinson, recently became an Advanced Sommelier awarded by the Court of Master Sommeliers, making him one of only 1200 in the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand, and the first from the state of Idaho to do so. The esteemed accomplishment is yet another example of our commitment to industry excellence.

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Chandlers Serves The World’s Best Beef

Chef David Knickrehm in Idaho’s Sysco Kitchen talks with Rex Chandler and Chef Luis Flores about Chandlers using the world’s best beef. Chandlers restaurant is known for their prime steaks, and sources their beef from four main sources; USDA Prime (considered to be the benchmark in the US grading system), American Kobe (combination of Wagyu and Black Angus, which is richly marbled), Japanese Wagyu (directly imported from Japan, and it is the most marbled steak available – absolutely the prime), and also a natural, organic grass-fed beef from Eastern Oregon.

Dinner With A Side Of I Do's: For Restaurants, Proposals Are Good Business

Dinner With A Side Of I Do’s: For Restaurants, Proposals Are Good Business

If you work in a restaurant, marriage proposals are good for business. Happy couples lift the mood in the entire dining room and often turn into lifelong customers. That once-in-a-lifetime experience for them is pretty routine for restaurateurs.

High-end restaurants with nice decor can count on someone popping the question every week or two.

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The Very Best Steakhouses to Try in Every State

The Very Best Steakhouses to Try in Every State

There may be no more purely American food than the epic slab of meat known as a steak. Sure, the Argentines and Australians have their own take on it, but nothing says “US of A” like devouring a piece of beef bigger than your head in the bold attempt to get your name on a plaque.

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The Hawaiian Connection

The Hawaiian Connection

It’s 5:30 in the morning, but Rex Chandler is already up and waiting in line at Honolulu’s public fish market, and he’s as excited as a kid about to be admitted to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The sounds and smells of the open sea and fishing boats unloading their catch assault his senses, bringing back memories of his 20-plus year run as the king of seafood at his Waikiki restaurant, Nick’s Fish Market, which began his 40 year career in fine dining.

That career extended through Newport Beach, where The Rex Restaurant was rated the best seafood restaurant in southern California 11 years running. When he moved to Sun Valley in 1993, where Chandler’s became a fine dining icon for over 15 years, he had to forego his passion for seafood because it was all but impossible to get fresh, prime fish to Idaho. Still, he harbored dreams of one day being able to share his love of Hawaiian seafood with his new-found home.

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Chandlers Celebrates Wine Spectator's “Best of Award of Excellence”

Chandlers Celebrates Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence”

Chandlers Restaurant today announced that for the third consecutive year the downtown Boise fine dining destination has been awarded the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence.  Company founder Rex Chandler said Chandlers is honored to be the only restaurant in the state of Idaho to receive this prestigious award not only once, but three times.

“We think this third recognition, being so challenging to achieve at all, let alone in back-to-back competitions, places Chandlers among the world’s outstanding fine dining experiences,” Chandler said.

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‘Culinary King of the Mountain’ Returns With New Lineup of Top Idaho Chefs

The kitchen is heating up once again as Idaho’s top chefs prepare to battle it out for one of the Gem State’s most sought-after titles, Culinary King of the Mountain. On April 11, McCall’s Shore Lodge will host the cooking competition as part of the resort’s second consecutive Spring Culinary Festival, April 10-12. Joining the iconic resort’s own Executive Chef Steven Topple will be Chris Kastner of CK’s Real Food in Hailey, Idaho; Wiley Earl of Àlavita and Fork restaurants in Boise and Aaron Wermerskirchen of Juniper on 8th, also in Boise.

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5 Things Forbes Loves About Idaho

Start your meal off at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant with Pacific oysters (choose from Kumamoto and Shigoku) on the half shell before indulging in items like the surf and turf (Aussie tail and a petit filet mignon with asparagus hollandaise and pommes frites) or pan-seared Atlantic sea scallops served atop truffled potato cakes with shiitake mushrooms marinated in a buttery citrus sauce. Salivating yet?

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Basil Hayden's Bourbon Whiskey

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey – Best of Boise, Among Other Things…

The restaurants and bars in the City of Trees — Boise, Idaho, that is — boast appropriately beautiful woodwork, rambunctious yet overly courteous staffs, and craft cocktails which speak to the town’s once rough-and-tumble Western ways as much as they speak to the posh, cosmopolitan environs which infrastructure of industry and economy have brought to the place. After spending some time there, I found the best way to experience the town’s sprawling night life was to walk from place to place, watering hole to watering hole, before laying your head to rest for the night.

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Ben Burdick Trio with Amy Rose

Jazz, soul, RnB and more with one of the Northwest’s finest jazz guitarists, Ben Burdick, and his talented trio, along with the smooth vocals of Amy Rose singing a delightfully fresh selection of songs in a sultry jazz style.

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The John Jones Trio

John Jones is one of Idaho’s best-kept secrets– a stellar guitarist with an absolutely golden voice, a huge repertoire of tunes from classic jazz to funk, soul, R’n’B, and a perfect trio to match his versatility, with Mike Seifrit on bass and Jon Hyneman on drums.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving With Idaho Wine

Celebrate Thanksgiving With Idaho Wine

Whether you are planning a solo holiday weekend or looking for a unique way to show off Idaho to family and friends, Thanksgiving wine-related events are always a great way to experience this thriving industry. From special blends to barrel tastings, many Idaho wineries have something unique going on over the holiday weekend.

Below is a list of some of the wineries that will be open over Thanksgiving Weekend, as well as specials they have to offer. For more winery information and directions, please click on the individual winery links below.
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Chandlers Prime Steaks & Seafood: World Class Dining in Boise

We always enjoy going out to dinner on Sunday Night as it is generally not as crowded, gives you something to look forward to and lengthens your weekend. We had heard that Chandlers Prime Steaks & Seafood in Downtown Boise was offering a Prix Fixe three course Prime Rib Dinner for only $27.00 and knew we’d better check it out.

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