Where do we go tonight for a good meal with the kids? This is the question I find myself asking a regular basis. What will the kids eat, will it be appropriate to take the kids since they are loud at times? It can also get expensive going out with the kids because my son, even at 5, eats an adult sized meal. I’m not sure we ever order off the kid’s menu anywhere other than St. Francis. So we appreciate that at St. Francis, not only are we getting good quality food into our kid’s systems but they eat free! Can I get a what, what?!
Remember those days of eating dinner late, enjoying a nice long meal…let me interrupt that thought to bring you what life with children is like. Those late dinners, gone. Meals where you don’t inhale your food, non-existent. I like to roll up to the restaurant around 5pm and order the food for my children right away. At St. Francis, they get that. Once inside the restaurant, my son knows where the toy box is and he’s in there grabbing a few toys for himself and one for the baby. After being seated, I know what to order the kids and our server asks if he can put the order in right away. The kid’s menu is approachable, they offer a vegetarian dish, pasta dish, cheese pizza and the two dishes we ordered, a big hamburger with fries and chicken with a side of seasonal veggies. I also put in an order for the eggplant dip for the big kids aka us adults.
While going over the menu for our entrees, I mentioned to my husband that they had mussels and I’ve never had the mussels. My son’s ears perked up and he stated he wanted to try mussles. I’m all for kids trying new things but my son has a dairy allergy. After speaking to the watier, he told us that they can usually accomodate any allergy and they could prepare the mussels without dairy in them. Our starters and the kid’s meals came to the table quickly. My 5-year-old ate his entire burger, sans most of the bun and pretty much all of the fries. Kid Approved! He also ate some of the mussels. Kid Approved too! My littlest one enjoyed his chicken, the veggies, fries, hamburger nibbles and some of my pork chop. Kid Approved!
For my entree, I ordered the pork chop, a beautiful piece of meat, sliced on top of sweet corn polenta with some summer succotash, corn, tomatoes, green beans and basil. I almost ate the entire dish but resisted in order to save room for dessert. My husband decided to order the chicken salad sandwich. A large sandwich stuffed with chicken, zatar spice, currants, pine nuts, arugula, tomato and a lemon vinaigrette, with a side of fries. You know what else caught my eye, the whole roasted sweet potato with parmesan, chiles, cilantro and lime and the melon salad with cucumbers, mint, pepitas seeds, feta cheese and a citrus vinaigrette. I know what I’m ordering next time!
For dessert, we tried for the first time (it won’t be my last) the chocolate salted caramel trifle, a rich dessert with layers of chocolate cake, pastry cream and pecan caramel corn. If the kids could have this, it would be kid approved. But it is very much mommy and daddy approved! I’m also happy to report that with the food coming early and the toys to play with, our kids were happily distracted and we actually got to enjoy a somewhat non-rushed dinner. I’d say that’s a pretty sweet deal! For more information about St. Francis, happy hour, menus or location, you can head to their website listed below. So whether you’re wanting to enjoy a fresh and healthy meal with friends or your family, this is one option you won’t want to miss out on.
111 e. camelback rd.
Phoenix, az 85012