Established in 1950 by Jack Durant, this Phoenix original was once the meeting place of the Phoenix 40, a group of local business men considered the movers and shakers of the Valley. Today, Durant’s maintains much of its charm – serving some of the best steaks in the Valley. Dimly lit with rich red walls, dark brown wood and fresh flowers, the decor conjures up images of the 50s and 60s. You’ll swear you can still see smoke hugging the ceiling. Many of the restaurants staff have been there for decades and are happy to share tales of earlier days. The food, while expensive, is fabulous and the service first class. Don’t be surprised if they ask you if you want a martini with your lunch.
Located on the northeast corner of Central and Virginia, the restaurant offers general and valet parking around back. Enter through the kitchen door (off the parking lot); most locals can’t even tell you where the front door is. Reservations recommended for lunch and dinner (unless you’re arriving early).
Beware answering that cell phone; they’ve been known to ask patrons on the phone to take the call outside.