27. St. Francis
Comfortable, modern dining in Phoenix has proven to be a hit with people from all around the Valley. Chef/owner Aaron Chamberlin enjoys using local food to emphasize the quality of simple Arizona ingredients. Seasonal, wood-fired dishes are the cuisine of choice at St. Francis and a custom wood-burning oven stands as the center-focus for the entire restaurant. The building which houses St. Francis was specially selected and modernized while still honoring the original construction history from its establishment in 1955. The result is a classy blend of old and new architectural design courtesy of local architect Wendell Burnette. Warm dishes like the spicy pork chile verde or prime hangar steak partner well with a choice from the wine, beer and specialty cocktail list. Guests can follow up dinner with desserts such as cheesecake in a jar, toffee pudding or chocolate stout cake.