Best Splurge - 2009
Take our word for it, you won't want to rein yourself in at BLT Steak — nor should you. Glorious excess feels oh-so-right at this contemporary steakhouse, where the allure of sizzling prime beef and expertly prepared seafood is bolstered by French bistro touches, including chicken liver pâté and mouthwatering Gruyère popovers served gratis. It's the brainchild of acclaimed chef Laurent Tourondel (Bon Appetit's Restaurateur of the Year in '07), and it brings a relaxed urban energy to Camelback Inn's desert oasis. The view of Camelback Mountain from BLT's dining room is stunning, making this the perfect setting to celebrate an occasion. In our case, the occasion is usually just blowing our diet and our budget in one luxurious night of eating, drinking, and being merry. Over the top is the only way to go at BLT Steak.