French Grocery in Phoenix: What We Bought, What We Skipped, and What We're Still Lusting Over
The Spot: French Grocery, Open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Heather Hoch Good creole cookin' comes to Phoenix.
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What We Bought:
Heather Hoch Beignets, macarons, gumbo and eclairs -- French Grocery has the goods.
Walking into French Grocery for the very first time, we weren't sure what to expect --maybe a bunch of Francophile foodie imports, maybe some classic Creole grocery goods? Much to our surprise (and eventual delight), we were met with a everything-from-scratch French bakery, gelato shop, and ready-made take home food service. Though French Grocery offers a selection of French cheese, we went straight to the pastry case. We sampled an orange sage macaron, an éclair, and, of course, beignets. The beignets are made to order (3 for $2.75), so what you get is assuredly pillowy soft, warm and covered in powdered sugar. The orange sage macaron ($1.40) is packed with flavor, unique and bold. The éclair ($3.50) was exactly what it should be -- smooth pastry cream sandwiched between flaky, buttery pastry covered in rich, dark chocolate.
If that doesn't get you going, maybe the chicken and andouille sausage gumbo ($5.95 with a side of Louisiana rice) will. The to-go serving is definitely filling, and while we're used to super-spicy gumbo 'round these parts, French Grocery's gumbo utilizes more complex flavors rather than just spicing it up to death. If the other take home options are this good, we can see ourselves stopping by French Grocery frequently after work for a quick, tasty and gourmet dinner that we can heat up in minutes.