Saddle Bronc Grill 'to step it up' in Fountain Hills 
By Beth Duckett, Scottsdale Republic
December 24, 2009

   
    In some ways, opening the Saddle Bronc Grill in Fountain Hills was an easy feat for owners Sheryl and Dwight Morgan.  The new restaurant at Saguaro Boulevard and Amhurst Drive had many of the original fixtures from its life as the former Two Step Saloon, a country bar that closed last year. But there are differences, said Sheryl, an 11-year Fountain Hills resident who quit her career in the insurance business to pursue the restaurant. Saddle Bronc, which opened Monday, refers to a type of rodeo riding, and the Morgans branded the business as a polished, kick-up-your heels place that dishes out comfort food with healthy options. "We really want to step it up," Sheryl said.  "We think there's a rebirth of restaurants in Fountain Hills."
    Saddle Bronc Grill is one of several restaurants to open lately in the Valley suburb.  Another, El Encanto de la Fuente, is in the same shopping center. A southwestern flair is evident in Saddle Bronc Grill's menu of meats and burgers. Campfire-style side dishes include a poblano pepper stuffed with potato, garlic and green chile, as well as baked beans and coleslaw.  Following in the footsteps of former owners, Sheryl and the restaurant's posse plan to offer some type of late-night entertainment (no big bands). The restaurant will rarely close past midnight, though hours are permitted until 2 a.m.  A party bash in planned for New Year's Eve, she said. "We're going to cater it more to the needs of Fountain Hills," said Sheryl.  "I'm committed to making this work."


By: Bonnie
Thursday, March 3, 2011


As you drive north on Saguaro Boulevard in Fountain Hills, Arizona, you come across a small rustic building with a hitching post out front, harkening back to the days of the horse and buggy. Yes, even today as the cars drive by, there's still a bit of the Old West out here in Arizona, especially at one of my favorite new finds, the Saddle Bronc Grill. Here you will find a unique and truly inspired dining experience in an affordable neighborhood restaurant with all the charm of yesteryear.


Owners, Dwight and Sheryl Morgan are friendly, creative, and hard working. The western concept they’ve developed here has worked very well so far. Aromas entice and tempt your palate as soon as you leave your car and start walking to the front door. Warm western hospitality and good food are standard here.


Stools are covered in cowhide or leather, bandanas serve as napkins, and pictures of the Old West grace the walls as you enter. You'll also find convenient hooks under the bar for your hat (or purse). My husband Bill and I like to sit at the bar and socialize over a cold drink when we first arrive. The Saddle Bronc Grill serves up more than 30 craft beers, and the staff is very attentive. Our bartender Javier just made the place come alive with his smile and winning attitude. Greeting the regulars by their name, he knows what they want to drink and places it before them. Since the opening, he has been a friendly face here.


There are six TVs in the bar area and more in the dining room. The Friday night Bill and I were there, there was a game on, a rodeo playing, and a car auction. The place was packed by 6:30.
It's difficult to make a choice off the extensive menu. The appetizers in the “Tide You Over” section include “Rattlesnake Eggs” (crispy potato rolls with chili and cheese) and “Buzzard Wings” (one entire pound of chicken wings with dipping sauce).  From the “Grazers” section you can choose a salad, and from the “Chuckwagon” section there are many half-pound burgers and sandwiches to choose from.  In the “From The Trough” section, you'll find soup and chili selections, while “The Campfire” has many main dish selections including seafood, beef, and poultry. The star of the menu is the very popular aromatic broasted chicken dinner, which my husband and I both had. This meal comes with two pieces of chicken as well as two sides - there are more than 13 to choose from to complete your meal. My mashed potatoes were soft and creamy while Bill’s beans were better than the norm. The salad that came with our meals was filled with crisp greens, carrot slivers, and other veggies. 

But my favorite part of the menu is “Into the Sunset”… desserts. The Saddle Bronc Grill's pie selections are homemade from the well-known (out here) Rock Springs Café. The selections change frequently. They all melt in your mouth.

Come by and enjoy some western hospitality while enjoying a good meal.