2013. On a recent late Sunday morning, I was cruising south from Saguaro National Park East on Old Spanish Trail heading more or less toward Colossal Cave when I suddenly came upon The Settlement Smokehouse.
Turning abruptly into the parking lot, this establishment seemed somehow familiar. Didn’t this use to be … let me think … yes, yes. The old Bone-In Steakhouse. And before that it was the Webb’s Old Spanish Trail Steak House. Going back some 40 years, previous incarnations had been adequately panned and damned by a bevy of carnivorous customers and callous critics.
But I had recently read that the new name came with new management, and several folks had told us that it had changed for the better. So, I thought, why not a steak for brunch?
Entering by the front door, it’s hard to miss the large dining patio with a fountain and a dozen or so umbrella-shaded tables. From the patio, diners look east toward the nearby the Rincon Mountains and thousands of giant saguaros. This would be a delightful venue for a warm evening under the stars. But by 11:30 AM the patio was getting a little too warm for my comfort.
I was greeted and seated by Donald. I had a choice of a booth by the front window or one of many tables with upholstered knotty pine chairs. I took the booth and Donald took my drink order. Typically when going to a restaurant to do a review, I will order whatever the house says is its specialty. No reason not to let them show off what they think is their best. So I ordered The Settlement Margarita. Read More