Lucky Dunwoody residents don't need to hike to Buckhead for their beef and martini fix: McKendrick's, open since 1995, is the Bone's of the burbs. Like the intown powerhouses, this chophouse succeeds by doing the classics justice. Lumpy crab cakes require no fancier adornment than a gentle tomato-garlic beurre blanc. A dash of Pernod helps give oysters Rockefeller a surprisingly clean flavor. And the steaks—from center-cut filet mignon to bone-in rib-eye—receive the requisite gutsy char.
Servers go above and beyond to accommodate requests. A fan of dry-aged steaks? They'll investigate what off-menu cuts the kitchen might have on hand. Don't see quite the style you're looking for among the California-heavy wine selection? They'll check the back to see what unlisted bottles may be in stock. It's the kind of attention that, along with the consistency of the food, makes this a memorable option for either a romantic rendezvous or a business powwow.