Any restaurant that lets you enter through the kitchen is either asking for trouble, or supremely confident. With Durants, it's the latter. Organized chaos is the scene every time we come there.
We tend to eat early to avoid the crowds and our last trip, we came in at 5:00 and were loudly greeted by the kitchen staff as we wound our way out to the hostess. The place was sparcely populated at that time so we asked if we could sit at the bar for a drink first. She reminded us to be back to her by 6:00 at the latest. Why, we say, there's hardly anyone here? Well...by 6:00 this place was packed and it is a very very large restaurant.
I know it's a steakhouse, but, folks, if you don't want red meat tonight, try the clam linguine...it would make Lydia cry it's so good. Plus they give you enough for 2 meals.
It's an "old-timey" kind of place with thick red leather and no beam of sunlight has ever penetrated the exterior in the last 1/2 century, in short, just the way a steak house should be. Give it a try and have an open mind about the whole scene because this type of establishment is sadly fast disappearing. Oh yes, the light rail stop is just across the street.
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