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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chandlers Steakhouse in Boise has once again been voted a favorite among locals, capturing a number of notable awards in this year’s Idaho Statesman Best of Treasure Valley awards.
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.
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.
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.
Chandler’s Steakhouse quality and freshness of fish is unmatched by any other restaurant in Idaho. We only buy and prepare the absolute finest quality seafood. Come see and taste for yourself. Located in Boise, Idaho. Learn more about Chandlers Fresh Seafood »
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Chandlers announced today that it has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Steakhouses in America. The list of winners is derived from more than 5 million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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.
Chandlers Restaurant today announced that for the second 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 twice. Read More
Chandlers Restaurant this week made its 4th annual donation to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA) and strengthened its mission to promote safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault.
In 2007, Rex Chandler, owner of Chandlers Restaurant, had the idea to create a Mother’s Day tradition in which donations made to the WCA by patrons celebrating Mother’s Day at Chandlers would be matched or exceeded by Chandlers. Since then, Chandlers has become a WCA Corporate Pillar at the Freedom Level. Read More
Monday, June 23rd, was a special evening at Chandlers, with owner & winemaker David O’Reilly of Owen Roe Winery. For this Winemaker Dinner, Keith Otter joined Chef Luis Flores as guest chef. Chef Otter was the executive chef at Chandlers in Sun Valley for ten years and returned for this one night only. Read More
The knives have been sharpened and the stage is set. The quest to become ‘Culinary King of the Mountain’ is on. On April 5, Idaho chefs will compete for what is sure to become the Gem State’s most sought-after title. The cooking competition, which will operate much like Food Network’s hit show “Chopped,” will be hosted at McCall’s Shore Lodge as part of the resort’s inaugural Spring Culinary Festival, April 4-6.
Nicole Christensen is an artist, in every sense of the word. The Eagle resident sings, paints, and writes, expressing herself through a variety of media. Singing has been Christensen’s artistic outlet most of her life. She writes her own lyrics and poetry, and she recently took up painting.
I’d never been to Idaho before and after receiving a guidebook from the state’s office of Tourism, I was downright excited. I flew into Boise, the state capital, arriving in the afternoon. I found the land surprisingly flat, but with wonderful foothills in the distance.
My tour would start with a kick-off dinner for members of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writes Association at Chandlers, a favorite local restaurant known for their steaks and Idaho-sourced ingredients. Chandler’s was also the recipient of a 2013 Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ for their impressive wine list.
Chandlers’ Dine Out menu includes a three-course meal for $30. Diners can choose between several different soups and entrees, plus enjoy dessert.
If you’ve lived in Idaho long, you know the state is gung-ho on promoting local goods and services. Campaigns like Buy Idaho, Idaho Preferred and Think Boise First remind us frequently that, population-wise, we may be small potatoes, but potatoes aren’t all we have to offer.
So it came as a bit of a shock to me when I read in the coverage of the Idaho Business Review Breakfast Series on Idaho wines that local wines make up just 5 percent of Idaho’s wine market. With all the “buy local” organizations in this state, we only buy 5 percent of our wine locally? How the heck does that work?
As it turns out, Idahoans have a thirst for wine that Idaho’s wine producers come nowhere near quenching.
“People drink a lot of wine in Idaho,” says Moya Shatz Dolsby, executive director of the Idaho Wine Commission. “We don’t make enough wine, even if Idahoans want to drink it all.” Read More
I was looking forward to dinner at Chandlers not only because they have a reputation for exceptional food, but also because I had been hearing about the legendary 10 Minute Martini they serve. Curious, several of us ordered them and waited dutifully. At the end of the evening, bartender Pat Carden joined us table side and told us the history of the drink. We feasted on true Idaho fare: Ruby Trout a la “Gravlax” as the starter, pan-roasted Snake River Sturgeon with a jade rice risotto, Lava Lake Lamb Loin with a polenta soufflé, American Kobe Beef with roasted garlic potatoes and baby carrots all topped off with a lemon curd tartlet with huckleberry sauce. Read More