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While diners at the venerable restaurant represent the city's movers-and-shakers including local politicos, Durant's is also one of the quintessential places in Phoenix to bring a date. The interiors feature classic dining room decor from over-stuffed banquettes to the dark-wood paneling. Durant's is primarily known as a steakhouse and the servers are Valley veterans who have been with the restaurant for many, many years. It is also known as one of the city's best 'beef-and-booze' houses, where dry martinis are never out of fashion. One last trick, enter through the kitchen at the back of the restaurant and say hello to the chefs who will be at your service.
Enjoy an array of mains including steak and seafood specials in a serene, elegant ambiance. For an unforgettable dining experience, start off your meal with the Pan Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers or the Lobster and Crab Cakes, followed by the North Atlantic Twin Lobster Sauté or Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Caramelized Shallot Butter. Separate lunch and dinner menus are available and finish the meal with the divine White Chocolate Mousse or Coconut Cream Pie. Pair up your meal with a wine from their extensive, award-winning list.
If a big cut of meat and a trendy atmosphere are what you're looking for, head right over to Steak 44. The chic, black and white decor with cushy leather padded chairs sets the tone for what is sure to be a fabulous evening. As the name implies, steak is the most popular menu item at this restaurant, but even that has a good number of options including filet mignon, NY strip, ribeye and all the classic cuts. But in addition to the steaks, the menu also includes steakhouse favorites like veal chops, rack of lamb and a huge selection of sides. There is also an impressive wine selection that you might notice on display in cases throughout the restaurant.
Located in Glendale, just west of Phoenix, the Arrowhead Grill is known for their reasonably priced yet perfectly cooked steaks and fresh seafood. Similar to high-end steakhouses, Arrowhead allows patrons to order sides and salads a la carte, offering choices such as shrimp and grits, scalloped potatoes and asparagus with prosciutto. The dining area is unpretentious, featuring simple decor with a modern and clean look.