The first time I was taken to Durant’s, I had never heard of the place. My good friend Tracy took me and a couple of others to this place, parked in a downtown parking lot and ushered us in through the kitchen! Everyone is friendly, which considering how busy they are is amazing in and of itself. Once inside the restaurant, you are transported back 50 years. The décor is wonderfully mid century, nice overstuffed booths and dark wood paneling. This place is gorgeous! The bar is a showpiece and well staffed and ready to service our cocktail needs immediately while they prepare our table. My first visit was such an overwhelming experience, seeing the history of the place, the amazing smells coming from the kitchen and the outstanding service…well it was a great initial experience. In many visits to Phoenix following I return over and over again and have never had even the slightest issue. Repeating that wonderful experience and knowing that I can take friends and business associates there without concern is always a treat. You just have to enjoy the steaks, whichever style you prefer, the beef in this place is near perfection. The sides are all wonderful and I can assure you will not leave hungry. This is a mainstay of old downtown Phoenix but it is at the very top of my list. And I am always looking forward to my next visit!
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