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Another reason to love Boise: Local restaurant is 6th most romantic in entire nation

Another reason to love Boise: Local restaurant is 6th most romantic in entire nation

Idaho Statesman / Words & Deeds by Michael Deeds

First, the bad news: The sixth most romantic restaurant in the nation is booked solid on Valentine’s Day.

Now, the good news: The restaurant is in Boise — where there are 364 other days in the year. (Oops, the weekend after Valentine’s Day is basically sold out, too.)

If you’ve lived in Idaho for more than a minute, you’re familiar with Chandlers Steakhouse. It’s a fine-dining icon. But over time, we sometimes forget what we have. Outsiders have to remind us. And during the past few days, the locally owned restaurant at 981 W. Grove St. has been honored by two national websites.

TripAdvisor is a biggie. It’s one of the world’s largest travel and restaurant sites. Chandlers was one spot away from making the top five in TripAdvisor’s inaugural rankings of “The 25 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.” published Jan. 31. What’s cool about this list is that, essentially, it’s by the people, for the people. Millions of TripAdvisor reviews helped drive the rankings. The nation’s most romantic restaurant? Charleston Grill in Charleston, South Carolina.

Chandlers Steakhouse Bar Manager Micah Floyd explains the nuances of the Ten Minute Martini. At Chandlers, patrons can enjoy drinks, fine cuisine and live jazz nightly in Downtown Boise. – By Darin Oswald

A few days later, Chandlers got more love. Food-and-drink website The Daily Meal chose it in an article highlighting “The Best Special Occasion Restaurant in Every State.”

It’s worth noting that Chandlers was named Idaho’s top steakhouse by Food Network, too, in a recent “50 States of Steakhouses” photo gallery. (But that’s not huge news. Everybody knows Chandlers sears a killer rib eye, right?)

Back to the idea of romance. And special occasions.

Here’s what TripAdvisor diners say: “So you know the food is going to be great at Chandlers, but the best part is the atmosphere. They have a live jazz trio that plays every night, romantic lighting, and an ebullience that wafts over you. You can’t help but enjoy yourself.”

The Daily Meal highlights the menu: “The upscale and classy Chandlers is an institution in Boise, Idaho. It features a stylish martini bar, live jazz nightly, and four varieties of beef: USDA Prime from Chairman’s Reserve, natural and organic grass-fed beef from Oregon’s Painted Hills, American Kobe from Snake River Farms, and Japanese wagyu. The 8-ounce center cut American Kobe might just be the single best steak you’ll find in the state, especially when paired with house-made béarnaise and a side of crazy-good mashed potatoes. Chandler’s also happens to have one of the state’s best seafood selections — you just might forget it’s landlocked.”

The national attention must be gratifying for the Chandlers team. Opened in 2007, Chandlers closed at the start of 2017 for a few weeks to remodel, then emerged with hundreds of thousands of dollars of improvements. It’s hard to imagine any Boise restaurant challenging Chandlers for the romance or special-occasion title.

Ultimately, it boils down to atmosphere.

“Atmosphere is a huge component of our product,” general manager Dave Boyle agrees. “The atmosphere is curated from a broader perspective as we work on the jazz (and) entertainment. I think it’s everything from the luxurious leather booths that offer a feeling of your own space, to the dim lighting, to the piano keys, to the glassware. All of that.

“The dining experience is the event,” Boyle adds. “Of course, there’s people that do it on their way to a show or whatever. But when you come in, that table is yours for hours, and it’s your experience.”

Popular dishes at Chandlers are scallops, prime rib and chocolate souffle, according to TripAdvisor.

It’s revealing that reviewers’ taste for live jazz at Chandlers plays a significant role, too. You’re not going to find the same experience elsewhere in Boise.

To treat yourself to “real deal jazz,” as Boyle calls it, catch the Chuck Smith Trio (7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays). Singer Emily Stanton adds melodic elegance to the Saturday performances.

Feel free to grab a glass of wine. Chandlers regularly wins Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards.

One more thing, Boise. Can you maybe order a little champagne, too?

That will make Boyle smile.

“I’m just trying to get people to drink champagne more,” he says. “It’s not just a celebratory New Year’s thing. It’s just a fantastic personal beverage. Some markets, Portland, they drink the heck out of champagne. Our market does not get the traction.”

We need to change that. Every day is a special occasion in Boise, right?

Read full article @ https://www.idahostatesman.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/words-deeds/article225411070.html

TripAdvisor names Chandlers one the 25 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.

TripAdvisor names Chandlers one the 25 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S.

America’s 25 Most Romantic Restaurants, Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

FSR Magazine / Food News Feed by Rachel Taylor

TripAdvisor announced the most romantic restaurants in the U.S. for 2019. This first-time list was based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor diners. Rankings derived from the quality and quantity of recent reviews combined with the degree to which the property is romantic.

“As Valentine’s Day is the biggest date night of the year, we have surfaced a list of TripAdvisor diners’ favorite romantic restaurants in America,” says Bertrand Jelensperger, senior vice president for TripAdvisor Restaurants. “Those who aren’t lucky enough to reserve a table at one of these spots can use TripAdvisor to find other highly rated restaurants that are still sure to impress your significant other.”

Methodology
The 25 Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S. list is based on reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor diners. The ranking takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews combined with the degree to which a restaurant is deemed “romantic” based on a proprietary algorithm. All restaurants featured have five locations or less, a minimum rating of 4.5 out of 5 bubbles, and have received at least 100 new review submissions between January 2018 and January 2019.

6. Chandlers Steakhouse in Boise, Idaho
What TripAdvisor diners say:

“So you know that the food is going to be great at Chandlers, but the best part is the atmosphere. They have a live jazz trio that plays every night, romantic lighting, and an ebullience that wafts over you. You can’t help but enjoy yourself.”

Popular dishes: Scallops, Prime Rib, Chocolate Soufflé

Read full article @ https://www.foodnewsfeed.com/slideshows/americas-25-most-romantic-restaurants-just-time-valentine-s-day

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.

 

IDAHO: CHANDLERS

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.

Read full article @ https://www.foodnetwork.com/restaurants/photos/best-steakhouses-in-the-country

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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