When you think of famous steak destinations in the U.S., don’t forget to put Phoenix at the top of your list. Yes, Phoenix, where several restaurants in these parts serve up choice beef selections for discriminating carnivore lovers.
Perhaps one of the most iconic places to order a sizzling steak is Durant’s, a legendary midtown Phoenix establishment where you can get your chop on old-school style, complete with vintage red velvet seating and classic martinis. Here are some other map-worthy steakhouses to check out in town.
At this upscale but casual modern chophouse, brought to you by the masterminds behind Dominick’s Steakhouse, the focus is gourmet steaks that are cut onsite by a master butcher and wet-aged for 28 days. You can choose from the whole enchilada in terms of beef cuts, from rib eye to New York strip to a domestic wagyu filet.
And while a premium steak can speak for itself, it’s even better with a trusty sidekick joining the dinner conversation. Think roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon, bourbon-roasted sweet potatoes or Dominick’s signature potatoes with caramelized onions, Gouda and mozzarella.
5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix
Dimly lit hotel lobby restaurants sometimes use their subdued ambience to hide lackluster offerings. But Artizen, located at the super fresh Camby Hotel, puts a sophisticated spotlight on the simple steak concept for business guests and vacation travelers. The prime New York steak, for example, prepared with cilantro, chimichurri, Parmesan potato purée and Maldon sea salt, is a fresh and savory sendup to the Southwest and represents the fine-dining menu inspired by the new American food movement.
If that doesn’t hit the steak sweet spot, end your beef adventure with a signature cocktail concocted by a master mixologist at the adjacent copper-topped bar, The Bees Knees.
2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
While the restaurant name may be hard to pronounce, all you need to know is that the name is Dutch for “smokehouse.” While it feels like you’re walking into a residence in the Netherlands, the menu features high-end American comfort food with a New Mexico flair that includes steak options.
Consider the traditional prime rib served on the bone with au jus. You also can get the best of both culinary worlds with a surf-n-turf-style, bacon-wrapped filet with king crab and jalapeño hollandaise. And since you’ll be right at home, consider retiring to the basement bar for a nightcap in front of the fireplace complete with cozy seating.
6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix
Why mess with a classic? That’s the approach taken at J&G Steakhouse, located atop the Phoenician Resort. Guests can enjoy spectacular sunsets and views of the Valley amid a stylish urban décor while indulging in a collection of premium steakhouse mainstays interpreted by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
The range includes caramelized beef tenderloins to six-peppercorn prime New York steak paired with traditional sides like grilled asparagus, and sautéed or creamed spinach. Plus, the spirits menu respects the well-crafted steak-cocktail relationship with premium whiskey, scotch, beers, tequila and global wines.
6000 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
Sixty-five years ago, “Arizona’s Original Steakhouse” opened its doors with a menu dedicated to one sole purpose: beef. Today, the menu continues to feature only the finest corn-fed, aged steaks and prime rib.
But hang on to your cowboy hat because the eating here, enjoyed in Wild West-inspired saloon surroundings, is not for lightweights. The signature chateaubriand for two or the 20-ounce porterhouse with sides like whiskey street potato mash and old-fashioned buttermilk onion rings are just a small sample of the extensive and hearty menu that honors the past with “New West Cuisine” flavors.
Speaking of, you’ll probably have to undo your belt buckle to make room for a nostalgic frontier dessert such as the Sonoran draft root beer float with Jack Daniels or the campfire s’mores in a jar.
5009 E. Washington St., Phoenix