September 29, 2012 – St Francis
St. Francis 111 E Camelback Rd Phoenix, AZ 85012 602.200.8111 http://www.stfrancisaz.com Hours: M-Th 11-10/ F 11-11/ Sat 9-11/ Sun 9-9 Brunch served on Saturday and Sunday 9-2:30 Organized by: Jenn Harrison There is something magical about visiting a restaurant that has such a fun archeticural style mixed with a great vibe and cuisine. St Francis is located in downtown Phoenix amongst large car dealerships but somehow all that falls away when you visit. The Double Ds seemed to have a place of honor at a great large table that is in a gorgeous glass alcove happily jutting out into the landscape. Named as an homage to San Francisco and the local St Francis community neighborhood, the restaurant is not only pleasing to the tastbuds but also to the eye with the beautiful exposed brick, modernly fashionable bathrooms, and appealing art that lines the walls. Happy Hour is available everyday until 6pm and some of the regular menu items are available for less which is a great chance for you to try more than one dish. It’s not Ds without cocktails and this night was no different. St Francis offers delicious signature cocktails such as St Francis Lemonade and Cucumber Cooler featuring homemade syrups. I had to make sure they weren’t a one-hit wonder so I tried another Lemonade, then another, then another…yup, always bursting with amazing flavors. Dishes can be seasonal and this time there were some options with a fall twist. Karna and I tried the pumpkin soup which was very good and with an unexpected pomegranate seed. Fred enjoyed the Pork Chop with chestnut puree, savoy cabbage, bacon, and whole grain mustard pork au jus and I ordered the Pot Roast with sweet corn polenta, mushrooms, horseradish, celery, and fresh herbs. The flavor was fantastic but the cut of meat was too fatty for my taste in that dish. Many of the rest of the dinner dishes came from the happy hour menu but are also offered on the dinner menu as well. Tasty options such as the savory Pork Chili Verde; the not so bad Meatballs with moroccan spice,hen egg, and pearl pasta; and the killer French Onion Burger made with smoken bacon, gruyere, and crispy onions. It has bacon, of course it wins! Next time I really must try a pizza in their wood fired oven. So many dishes, so little time. We were pretty stuffed but we had to try the deserts. We all shared the seasonal Pumpkin Cheescake in a Jar topped with candied walnuts and the Chocolate Stout Cake served with a cinnamon smoked chile gelato. Oh, yes. I said cinnamon chile gelato with moist chocolate cake. Nom, nom. Parking is tough because of the limited space but a friendly and personable complementary valet is ready and waiting to help so you and your friends can have a wonderful D kind of visit.