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Arroyo Chop House: Making Dinner an Art Form

By Elisha Neubauer

A not-quite-so-hidden gem in Pasadena, the Arroyo Chop House has become a popular place for everything from formal business dinners to special-occasion dining and after-hours cocktails with friends.

Leading the list of reasons for this popularity is, of course, the steak. Arroyo uses only U.S.D.A Prime Beef, a high grade meat served to a limited number of restaurants in the area. Prime Beef, unlike U.S.D.A. Choice, is rare - only approximately two percent of the beef in the US is graded as Prime.

The unique meat experience doesn't stop there. The restaurant also serves Wagyu, meat from a Japanese breed of cattle. Wagyu has a unique flavor due to the fact that unlike American cattle it stores fat in it's muscles, making the meat extra tender. The Wagyu steaks at Arroyo are graded "8+ Ultra" - the highest grade given.

Of course, steaks are not the only menu options within the Arroyo walls. The establishment also serves a wide range of seafood, including whole Maine Lobsters, "Fresh Fish of the Moment", and Oysters on the Half Shell. The sides are served a la carte and some of the most popular include Lobster Mashed Potatoes, Jalapeño Corn Soufflé, and Creamed Spinach.

Every good meal deserves a sweet finish, so Arroyo employs an in-house pastry chef. Some of these tempting treats include Chocolate and Grand Marnier and Chocolate Soufflés, Chocolate Pecan Pie and Baked Apple Pie.

Arroyo hosts a variety of creative events to entice locals to dine. Winemaker Dinners feature many wine and dinner pairings to guests, creating a wonderful evening out for friends, family, or coworkers. The Satellite Art Exhibit, held in collaboration with American Legacy Fine Arts, brings culture and art into the restaurant for patrons to observe in their own time. "It enhances the restaurant with original works of fine art and creates an exclusive aesthetic experience for our guests," describes Sanders. "We also have Artist Talks at the restuarant to coincide with the current exhibits."

Embracing its environment, Arroyo is rich in design, art, and flare. The rich mahogany and snug booths make for a romantic setting. Above the open kitchen, a sprawling mural by Southern California artist R. Kenton Nelson depicts the sporting and social life of the 1930s leisure class.

Showcasing the best in food, drink, and art. Arroyo Chop House is clearly making its mark on the Pasadena dining scene.

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