I Wanted to Like St. Francis, but...


It was expensive and nothing to rave about. I hate being the one to complain, but if I am going to be paying over $20 bucks for lunch, it better be amazing. I'm not terribly cheap or even a miser. I'm just a hard working mom who is a pretty amazing cook and expects the same out of the places I patronize. For a $20 lunch, I expect them to do something that I can't. Here, there was no dazzling and no brilliance in culinary skill.

My friend ordered this salad, which was okay, but a little lackluster for the price.
St. Francis Salad

I had this carrot soup which was really good and healthy with its creamy yogurt base. It was drizzled with an herb infused oil which added nice depth and layers to the flavor. However, it very much reminded me of the carrot puree I use to make for my daughter when she was a baby and toddler. Any natural-minded mama could probably pull off this dish and even give a little more flavor.
St. Francis Carrot Soup

I went ahead and ordered a side of french fries which were okay. I believe the ketchup was homemade and that always gets a high five from me. Again, I turn to other fries that rock my world.  Geordie's truffle fries were heavenly and 5th and Wine's are all spicy and fun.
St. Francis Fries

Here's where it really went wrong. The drinks were expensive and not that fantastic. Actually, my partner-in-crime order a strawberry-basil mojito (I think it was a mojito. They no longer have it on the menu.) and it tasted rancid. She had me taste it and it was definitely a strawberry gone bad. When she told the waitress the little sweetheart explained, in a rather condescending tone, that the drink has basil that my friend might not be use to. Well, my friend's Italian and quite knowledgeable about herbs, especially basil. Actually, she ordered the drink because it had basil in it. The waitress allowed her to order the pineapple mojito which was very good, but still not worth the price tag.

St. Francis Mojito

Now I hate to be a Debby Downer, but I just wasn't thrilled with this place and I doubt I will ever go back. Maybe I just don't play well in hipster environments. I also don't play well with waitresses that treat people like children, especially when we're ordering drinks and obviously over the age of twenty-one. I guess, in the end, being civil and nice goes very far with this chica and St. Francis didn't put out a friendly vibe. The food was okay, but not worth the price and in these tough economic times I expect more.

If you want to give them a try, let me know what you think. St. Francis is located at 111 East Camelback Road in Phoenix. and can be reached at 602-200-8111.

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  1. Sorry you didn't like it. Guess you couldn't handle the awesome power of basil, either.

    Also, for $20, I can whip me up a salad with bacon and apples on it any day of the week.

  2. Your review was much nicer than mine would have been. Perhaps my expectations were too high to begin with... Seriously major disappointment. Good company though!

  3. I'm glad I'm not the only one.


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