We were trying to think of a way we could incorporate a joke about “Midnight Meat Train” into this intro for “The Top 5 Places to Order Prime Rib in Phoenix,” but ultimately, we didn’t want you to be afraid to ride the Light Rail, nor did we want you to lose your appetite. Is it too late?
8501 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix 602.995.5982 web
Bobby Q is a barbecue (surprise!) restaurant, lounge and catering company that has a loyal following of steak lovers and grill masters. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers everything from burgers and steaks to chicken and barbecue platters. And if you think country living when you think all-American comfort food, you'll find the restaurant's interior aesthetics pleasantly surprising. True, the exposed brick, rustic ceiling and wooden chairs lend the space a vibe with a certain Americana factor, but the restaurant boasts every modern amenity a kitchen and dining room could be wanting, and you'll find everything well presented and charming. At Bobby Q, all the steaks are aged in-house and hand-cut daily, and your choices for prime rib are a 10-ounce, or a slow-smoked 14-ounce with au jus. Enjoy cornbread and two sides as well, such as mac and cheese, shoestring fries, roasted corn, a baked potato and others.
5009 E. Washington St., Suite 115, Phoenix 602.273.7378 web
The Stockyards is not only an icon of Phoenix, but of the entire Southwest. Originally opened in 1947, the restaurant retains its saloon-style decor and Old West atmosphere associated with its roots. And looking around, it's easy to picture the people of the era enjoying a fine slice of beef here back in the day. The menu at The Stockyards touts the prime rib as "The Best of the West," and you can choose from the 8-ounce Tenderfoot cut, 12-ounce Cowboy cut, or the hefty, 18-ounce Cattle Baron's cut, each served with zesty creamed horseradish and natural juices. And for your sides, we recommend the Cowboy beans, with chorizo and roasted corn, and the old-fashioned buttermilk onion rings. Dee-lish.
2611 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 602.264.5967 web
Kind of like that one Will Smith movie, only completely different, Durant's is legend. Open since 1950, the restaurant is an old-school steakhouse, complete with red walls, red leather booths and a front door that is actually the back door, which means guests enter through the kitchen. Then they take their seats in the very same space where such legendary notables as John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum and a vast number of other who's who greats both past and present have reportedly also dined. All entrees are served with a soup or a salad and your choice of sides, and the prime rib here is slow-roasted and served in 8, 12 or 16-ounce portions. There's nothing quite like enjoying a tender prime rib and glass of fine wine here with your dinner companions. Sip slowly and converse until there's room for dessert -- the Durant's cheesecake is a popular favorite.
5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix 602.952.0585 web
Cork 'N Cleaver
Though it experienced a fire last fall, Cork 'N Cleaver is back and still all about "beef and booze," as its catchphrase states. Established in 1963, the restaurant is certainly well-known in town for both those things, as well as a ginormous salad bar that it's (almost weirdly) really, really proud of. Count us among those who love the place, though -- it's sort of like the Goldilocks of steakhouses: nice, but not too nice; casual, but not too casual; pricey, but not too pricey. You get the idea. For example, the cuts of beef here are excellent, and the wine list boasts a selection that even your wine snob friends would likely declare "approved." But then again, they have a salad bar (albeit, an extensive one). So, see ... Nice. But not too nice. Check out the place for yourself and you'll discover the laid-back atmosphere we love so much -- especially on Sippin' Saturdays, when there are half-priced drinks and appetizers at the bar. Yes indeed, a slow-roasted prime rib and a half-priced bottle of wine on Wino Wednesdays while you're seated on Cork 'N Cleaver's shaded patio isn't just a meal, it's a wholly satisfying experience.
Multiple locations web
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Three words: Go on Sunday. That's when Fleming's serves its incredible Prime Rib Dinner, featuring a gorgeous cut of meat served with a trio of sauces, plus your choice of The Wedge Salad (crisp iceberg lettuce, grape tomatoes, red onions, crumbled blue cheese), the Fleming's Salad (candied walnuts, dried cranberries, tomatoes, onions, croutons) or the Caesar Salad (chopped hearts of romaine, fresh Parmesan, croutons baked with whole grain and mustard). But wait, there's more! Included with the Prime Rib Dinner is also your choice of a side dish, and there are about a dozen to choose from, including a baked potato, sauteed French green beans, chipotle cheddar mac and cheese, creamed spinach and grilled asparagus. Oh and did we mention that you also get dessert? If you're a chocoholic, you're going to want to demand the Chocolate Lava Cake. Purist? Order the cheesecake or creme brulee. Eclectic? Try the Walnut Turtle Pie or the Frozen Lemon Gingersnap Pie. And now, if we tell you how much the Prime Rib Dinner costs, you'll probably cry ... tears of joy, that is! For just $29.95, all this, Simba, will one day be yours.