When it comes to beef, Arizona restaurants know how to cook it and serve it up. Here we offer up what we think are the best places in the state to get a steak or a burger along with a cold beer.
Pinnacle Peak Patio
A combination brewery and steak house, Pinnacle Peak Patio has a real Western feel, right down to the checkered table clothes and the great outdoor patio area. With every steak you can imagine, from a 32 ounce Porterhouse to a 1 pound T-Bone on the menu, your steak is cooked to order over an open mesquite fire! If you are looking for good barbecue, this is the place to go too. The barbecue ribs and chicken are out of this world. Baked potatoes, cowboy beans and corn on the cob are traditional sides. This is a real meat and potatoes kind of place, where the house beers go great with all the dishes. Don’t forget to save room for a piece of outstanding hot apple pie! On weekend evenings, there usually a live band and the dance floor can get pretty lively at times. Oh, I almost forgot! Don’t wear a tie to Pinnacle Peak Patio unless you want it to decorate the ceiling. The staff there will sneak up on you with a pair of scissors, cut off your tie and tack it to the ceiling, where thousands of others, including ties from such notables as John Wayne, dangle like trophies.
Located on Central Avenue in Phoenix since 1950, Durants is a one-of-a-kind in fine dining steak houses. Founded by Jack Durant they still honor his motto; “Good Friends, Great Steaks, and the Best Booze are the necessities of life.” From the outside Durants doesn’t look impressive, once inside though you are swept into the past with dark woods and red walls. Durants plays on all of your senses and mere words do not do it justice, it has to be experienced. It’s been said that more legislation at the state and city level has gotten done here than at the capitol just down the street. Durants steaks and chops are broiled over mesquite and selections range from beef tenderloin tips to a 20 ounce Delmonico or maybe you would prefer a veal porterhouse or double cut lamb chops. Durants also has an extensive wine list to pair with your entrée. If you want to experience a great steak, ambiance that is beyond words and a touch of old Phoenix make a reservation at Durants.
Once upon a time, Greasewood Flats was the original stagecoach stop between Ft. McDowell and Phoenix. Now housed in the 120-year-old bunkhouse, Greasewood Flats has some of the best burgers in the valley. The seating area is outdoors, so come stake your claim on a picnic table and enjoy the cold drinks (Greasewood Flats has an extensive bar), some mouthwatering burgers, and live music under the stars. In cooler weather, warm and toasty campfires add a great touch of charm to this old stagecoach stop. This place is a little rough around the edges in terms of ambiance, but the great food, live music and extensive bar make up for what it lacks in charm.
Flagstaff Brewing Company
If your Arizona adventures take you to northern Arizona than a stop at Flagstaff Brewing Company is a must. Located on historic Route 66 in Old Town Flagstaff, Flagstaff Brewing Company has been serving locals and outdoor enthusiasts since 1994. With a relaxed atmosphere you can come in soaked from a storm on the San Francisco Peaks, warm-up, have a hand-crafted beer and satisfy your hunger all in one. Known for their half-pound burgers topped with surprising ingredients, my favorite is the Stink Burger. This burger comes topped with Swiss cheese, whole roasted garlic cloves and an onion ring. Not for date night that’s for sure. Flagstaff Brewing Company also has the largest outdoor patio in Flagstaff. In addition they book outstanding, local, regional and national bands to play on Friday and Saturday nights in the winter and Thursday thru Sunday during the summer. If you’re looking for a pub atmosphere with great burgers you can’t go wrong here.