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.

St. Francis
111 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 200-8111

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