It wasn't all about meat, though. One of my dining companions, a part-time vegetarian, tried the sautéed Dover sole and was tickled at how good it was. Me, too: Every bite of the firm, moist fish was a dance of flavors, rich brown butter mingling with tangy lemon-white wine sauce and salty capers. The smell was fantastic, too.

Little details jazzed up the desserts. For the orange and raspberry sorbet sundae, it was vibrant raspberry sauce and a plate of soft, warm madeleines sprinkled with powdered sugar. Peanut butter mousse blanketed in dark chocolate sauce had the perfect counterpoint in a scoop of ice cream that tasted just like fresh bananas. And blueberry-lemon meringue pie, with ripe berries and lemon sorbet, was topped with brûléed meringue balls that resembled mini-marshmallows.

There was also an excellent cheese service, the likes of which I haven't experienced since Mary Elaine's closed. The fromager wheeled over a wooden cart with 10 different choices, each one more interesting than the last, and gave such appetizing descriptions that I had a hard time limiting myself. Then he carefully assembled a lovely cheese board for me, with port-soaked figs, quince paste, candied walnuts, dates, and two kinds of bread. I was thrilled.

Stick to your rib eye: Trust your carnivorous instincts at Camelback Inn's swanky new BLT Steak.
Jackie Mercandetti
Stick to your rib eye: Trust your carnivorous instincts at Camelback Inn's swanky new BLT Steak.

Location Info


BLT Steak

5402 E. Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Paradise Valley


Tuna tartare: $16
New York strip: $43
Dover sole: $50
Orange raspberry sundae: $10
480-905-7979, »web link
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.
BLT Steak, 5402 East Lincoln Drive (at Camelback Inn)

Without a doubt, BLT Steak is no neighborhood bistro, but one of the priciest fine-dining spots in town. And since dining there, I think I've figured out why Tourondel was named Bon Appetit's 2007 Restaurateur of the Year.

Anywhere else, dropping this much coin would be masochism, but at BLT Steak, it's more like joie de vivre.

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