You’ve got to hope that a restaurant named after a saint isn’t some sort of trashy place, and I’m happy to report St. Francis in central Phoenix was ultra-classy and had wholesome, delicious food that would probably make the patron saint of animals proud.
The beautiful two-story spot, with fresh flowers and candles on every table, as a very cozy vibe. Tables are close together inside, and there’s a spacious patio and bar area. When I went, footage of Julia Child was being projected on a wall near the bar, adding a quirky and fun element to the otherwise posh restaurant.
Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the comfort food menu, offering up vegetarian options, giving his recommendations and explaining ingredients and cooking techniques in dishes.
We started out with Baked Goat Cheese ($9), which was a bowl of the cheese accompanied by crackers. The cheese and tomatoes were so good, but I preferred to dip the soft bread we got with our meal into it rather than the crispy baguette.
For my entree, I had a Vegetarian Flatbread pizza ($13), which had such soft dough. It was perfectly cooked–lots of cheese and veggies, including broccoli and tomatoes, and the crust was amazing.
For dessert, I had a to-die-for Roasted Blackberry and Mascarpone Cheese dish ($7). The cheese was so flavorful, and the fresh fruit made it a great summer dessert. St. Francis uses locally grown ingredients, and not only did the food taste great, it felt nice to be supporting sustainability.
I also had a Pineapple Rum Mojito ($9), which seemed heavy on the soda but was refreshing.
The whole vibe at St. Francis was peaceful and positive. Their menu changes with what’s in season, and I can’t wait to go back and try more of what the place has to offer.