Earlier this month, downtown’s Phoenix Public Market–an open-air market that is home to nearly 100 vendors–debuted its Phoenix Public Market Cafe. The casual eatery–which was brought to us by the team behind the popular St. Francis restaurant, also in Phoenix–is housed in an remodeled space and dishes out breakfast, lunch and dinner. Diners can pop in for a cup of coffee at the coffee bar, quick and easy takeout, a sit-down meal or savor the expansive outdoor patio while sitting on a rustic picnic table with a glass of vino.
Chef Paul Steele has crafted a wallet-friendly, health-focused menu that features hearty sandwiches on house-baked bread, salads, fresh-baked pastries and slow-cooked meats hot off the wood-roasted rotisserie. The bill of fare feature chickpea pancakes, brick-oven bagels, pork confit, pork chile verde “pot pie,” innovative cocktails and much more. Plus, ingredients in many of the dishes on the Phoenix Public Market Cafe menu will be sourced from the adjacent farmers’ market. An on-site retail component will sell goods from the Valley’s NutWhats, lotions from Desert Palm Emu Ranch, Stone Grindz raw organic chocolate, Black Mesa Ranch goat cheese and McClendon’s Select.
Best of all, Phoenix Public Market Cafe will give back while dishing up: All proceeds from kid’s meals will support the St. Mary’s Foodbank’s backpack program, which provides weekend meals to underprivileged youth. http://www.phxpublicmarket.com/.