Side dishes were served à la carte, ideal for sharing. Think classic and comforting, like gooey mac and cheese topped with bread crumbs, creamy Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and charred onions and peppers. Luscious potato gratin with Comte cheese was a highlight.

I'd expect something along the lines of chocolate cake or cheesecake at a traditional steakhouse, and that bores me. But J&G's versions were so much better than what you usually get. Fresh, silky-smooth cheesecake was teamed with intense sour cherry sorbet and a dollop of dense cream with cherry compote, while warm chocolate cake oozed a molten middle of very dark, high-quality chocolate, with a tasty scoop of caramel ice cream on the side. Simple but effective.

Meanwhile, you never see tarte Tatin at run-of-the-mill steakhouses, and that's probably a good thing — I can't imagine they'd be able to do a delicious, authentic rendition like this one, with tender apples, a flaky, golden crust, and cinnamon ice cream.

Steak in the heart: The prime rib eye at J&G Steakhouse is easy to love.
Jackie Mercandetti
Steak in the heart: The prime rib eye at J&G Steakhouse is easy to love.

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J&G Steakhouse

6000 E. Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Category: Restaurant > Steak House

Region: Central Scottsdale

Details

Sweet corn ravioli: $9
10-ounce N.Y. steak: $28
Short ribs: $24
Tarte Tatin: $9

480-214-8000
jgsteakhousescottsdale.com

Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.; bar opens daily at 4 p.m.
J&G Steakhouse
The Phoenician, 6000 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale

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Without a doubt, I plan on going back to J&G Steakhouse — and not just for the steak.

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