DC Steakhouse Proves to be a Cut Above the Rest
Dean and Lorie Laplant were both looking to escape their native Midwest’s blustery winters and make the move to Arizona’s sunnier clime when fate struck in the form of a building for lease in the heart of Downtown Chandler. They soon decided it would be the perfect place to open up a steakhouse in Arizona, and in 2010, DC (standing for Downtown Chandler) Steakhouse was born.
“Our goal was always to bring a good, quality steakhouse fare without having to pay the premium prices. Also, to bring a place for family gatherings and for parties; to go to a little more upscale than you average chains,” says Lorie. “There really isn’t a steakhouse in Chandler that’s a mom-and-pop place, such as we are.”
The menu features steaks, chops, ribs and chicken, and all entrees are served with a salad and a potato. Another standout feature? This beloved Chandler haunt is also known as a great gathering place—about six or more families or groups will head to the spot every weekend like clockwork. Couples also come to the steakhouse to celebrate their anniversaries, much to the delight of Lorie.
“Everybody has niche: ours is dimly lit and romantic,” she says.
Historical would be another word to describe the restaurant, which is housed in a more than 100-year-old building. The Laplants preserved the spot’s original tin ceiling. Its walls are an antiquated maroon and sage green, and Lorie, a muralist, has painted historic scenes on them.
But don’t think historic means stuffy. DC Steakhouse has just one dress code stipulation: no tank tops on men. Everything else is welcome, and that’s intentional.
98 S. San Macros Place
Chandler, AZ 85225