Thankfully, some of my Dad’s friends just so happen to be in Phoenix this week and I got to meet them. Mike and my Dad went to school together down in Arcadia, FL, metropolis that it is. Desoto High School.
I got to meet Mike and his lovely wife, Barbara, over a lovely dinner at Durant’s on Central and Virginia. Great meal. I would compare the inside decor to the Raleigh Lucky 32 when it was there (my fave restaurant Raleigh back in the day – I just don’t like the one in Cary as much). Memories. Anyway, I digress.
The outside of the restaurant gave a different impression than the inside. Almost reminded me of the Miami restaurants from the early 80s, Magnum or Miami Vice days. Who knows? The palm trees and skyscrapers reminded me of Bayshore Blvd in Tampa.
The inside was a deep red and black, dimly lit atmosphere. The restaurant opened there in 1950. Diners are welcome to park in the back and enter the restaurant through the kitchen (a homey feeling). I didn’t know that so I walked around front – but got escorted out the proper way to end our evening.
If I go to a steakhouse, I must order steak. Nothing else on the menu for me. I got an 8 oz med well slow-cooked prime rib. Melt in your mouth. Great flavor, didn’t need the horseradish, but the au jou was a nice touch. We had some sauteed mushrooms for the top, which is a must for any steak. The nicely salted baked potato and salad with a delicious balsamic was a perfect combo. Their bread was a cararmelized onion topped bread drizzled in evoo. So good – a great way to begin my meal!
SO, we were all full and couldn’t eat another bite – then we got dessert. I am so glad I did. Mike and I got the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake and Barbara got the creme brulee tree (bailey’s cream, chocolate, and vanilla with berries). All of us devoured our desserts.
Wonderful evening of good eats and great conversation. Glad my Dad has such nice friends. We talked about traveling, family, food, and hobbies. Nice evening here in Phoenix.
You’ll have to excuse the blurry pix – it is so hard taking pics inside a dimly lit restaurant without using flash, but my hosts didn’t mind!