Modern Meets Rustic at St. Francis in Phoenix
January 19, 2016 | western
St. Francis bills itself as a "comfortable, modern restaurant with a rustic sensibility," and the description more or less hits the nail on the head. First, there's the building in which this family-owned Phoenix restaurant resides: a mid-century structure — replete with stone, steel, and knotty wood — that blurs the line between contemporary and retro.
Second, and perhaps more importantly, there's the contemporary American fare, which is simultaneously innovative and old-fashioned. The creative menu is inspired by the seasons, relying on wholesome, quality ingredients sourced from area farms. The cooking method is similarly simple: the majority of St. Francis's dishes, from the flatbread pizzas to the roasted chicken enjoy, see the inside of St. Francis's custom-built, mesquite wood-burning oven, which was modeled after 19th-century bread baking oven.
That said, don't depart without a loaf of the restaurant's signature brick oven baguette, arguably the greatest source of pride among the eatery's skilled chefs and bakers.