Soup and Salad Skirmish: St. Francis vs. Carly's

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Heather Hoch
Carly's Soup and St. Francis' Salad duke it out with their tag team partners.
On the quest for a light and healthy lunch, there are many hurdles to overcome -- the convenience of fast food, the breakroom doughnut box, and even the fatty richness of artisanal local joints. One of our go-to lunches is the soup and salad combo, which gives the energy you need to finish the workday without hindering your progress toward a pool-worthy bod. There's a lot of variety possible with this mix and match, but two local restaurants serve our favorite soup and salad plates.

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Heather Hoch
The creamy cauliflower soup and its creamy salad counterpart at St. Francis.
In This Corner: St. Francis

The Setup: Keep St. Francis in mind for Mother's Day. This bright restaurant is a great place to catch up on current events while sipping cocktails with muddled cucumbers. With great specials and high-quality ingredients, St. Francis seems almost impossible to beat.

The Good: The grown-up flavors of St. Francis' menu are available on a $10 lunch plate that combines the soup of the day and a romaine salad. When we went, the soup was a smooth and creamy cauliflower puree with a delicate flavor that masked its filling nature -- definitely a plus. Plus the presentation of the large wooden cutting board with a plate of salad, bowl of soup and crostini on top is sure to impress.

The Bad: It's not that the hearts of romaine side salad was necessarily bad. It was a little heavy-handed with the buttermilk cheddar dressing, which, when combined with the bacon on the salad, made us feel less happy with our "healthy" lunch choice. The peas, romaine, and radishes were nice and fresh, though.

Location Info

Carly's Bistro

128 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

St. Francis

111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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