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Show Me the Beef

Nothing’s more soul-satisfying on a crisp fall day than the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of a perfectly cooked steak. From T-bones to tenderloins, the Springs is a mecca for the discerning beef lover. So join us as we take you to three hot spots whose burgers, filets and prime ribs have been elevated to an art form. 

MacKenzie's Chop House

Located in the historic Alamo Hotel building, MacKenzie's, with its trademark green and gold awning, is a downtown tradition.

With its natural stone, rich woodwork and cozy, romantic nooks, MacKenzie's is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. 

And what better entrée to choose than Chef Pete Moreno's classically- prepared Prime Rib.

Thick, juicy and slow-roasted to perfection, the Prime Rib is a perennial favorite. In fact, some regulars come in just for this dish. It's highly-marbled without being fatty and pairs perfectly with the spicy tang of the horseradish cream and the richness of the au jus.

The creamy white cheddar mashed potatoes and crisp-tender green beans offer a delightful accompaniment.

For a special treat, order the Prime Rib Oscar-style, served with mashed potatoes, asparagus, home-made Bernaise sauce and lump crabmeat.

If you can't get enough Prime Rib over the weekend, come back for Monday Night Prime and enjoy your favorite entrée at a specially discounted price.

To top off your evening with the ultimate guilty pleasure, choose their Sticky Toffee Pudding. Warm spiced toffee pudding cake is topped with salted caramel ice cream and toasted pecans, then surrounded with a Grand Marnier-vanilla butterscotch sauce.

On sunny fall days and mild evenings, make sure to request an outdoor table to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in their lush, heated patio, complete with fire pit.

A beautiful setting. A decadent meal. What better way to celebrate a special occasion. 

The Pepper Tree

Perched high on a hilltop, the Pepper Tree creates magic every evening.

With its stunning city views and impeccable cuisine, this legendary restaurant has been delighting diners for more than thirty-three years.

The city may have changed around it, but the tradition of fine dining remains the same. Each dish is exquisitely prepared using only the highest quality ingredients. 

 Many of their classic specialties are prepared and presented tableside with flair and finesse.

"Flambéed specialty steaks and desserts are a lost art," says longtime diner Mark Sather. 

But not at the Pepper Tree.

Their pride and joy is the ever-popular Pepper Steak. 

In black tuxedos with trendy bowties, the expert wait staff lovingly places center cut filets into a sizzling hot pan and sautés their way into the hearts of their customers. 

Originally created by the beloved Chef Herbert at the Broadmoor Hotel, this classic dish still garners rave reviews.

Served with Indian mango chutney, cracked pepper, and flamed with French Brandy, the Pepper Steak offers the perfect blend of sweetness and spice.

The accompaniments are equally memorable. The crisp fried parsley literally melts in your mouth. While the scalloped potatoes, with their cheesy soufflé-like texture, are simply addictive.

For dessert, choose Cherries Jubilee or Bananas Foster, prepared and presented tableside with panache.

The perfect finishing touch to another magical evening at the Pepper Tree.

Ted's Montana Grill

If you're longing for the flavor and ambience of the American West without leaving the city limits, mosey on down to Ted's Montana Grill.

With its tin-pressed ceilings, brass railings and high-topped wood booths, you'll experience the warm hospitality of a classic 19th century saloon where cattlemen and land barons came to relax after a hard day's work.

When it comes to taste, Ted's takes no shortcuts. 

"We are a totally scratch kitchen," proprietor Joshua Rodriguez says, "except for the Häagen Dazs ice cream."

Their steaks come in fresh not frozen, and they are hand-cut in their on-premise butcher shop. The ground beef and bison used for their gourmet burgers are ground in-house from fresh chucks throughout the day. 

With more than 15 different burgers to choose from, including the biggest bison menu in the world, you'll be in hamburger heaven. Each burger is tender, juicy and packed with flavor. For an unforgettable taste sensation, order the Avalon--melted gruyère, blue cheese, and bacon caramelized onions, all topped with a roasted garlic aioli.

The seasonal Southwestern Corn is a guest favorite. Sweet Olathe corn is roasted then sautéed in olive oil with diced jalapeño red pepper flakes. 

To round off your meal, try their old-fashioned strawberry shortcake--a house-made sweet drop biscuit, topped with fresh strawberry sauce, Häagen Dazs vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

And if you're lucky, as you leave, you'll get a gold coin or a two dollar bill in change.