Phoenix’s Best Steaks
Don’t be fooled by the restaurant’s exterior
A beloved city institution, Durant’s was opened by James E. “Jack” Durant in July 1950. And today, it still exudes a warm, nostalgic old-school vibe. Because there are no windows in the building, the space always feels dark, even a bit illicit. And wherever you look, you’ll be seeing red — in the bar stools, leather banquettes, even the velvet wallpaper. The chops are juicy and the service is agreeable, but the best seat in the house is at the lively bar. It’s where you can throw back some seriously stiff, ice-cold martinis while engaging in some gripping people-watching.