French Grocery in Phoenix: What We Bought, What We Skipped, and What We're Still Lusting Over

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Heather Hoch
Good creole cookin' comes to Phoenix.
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.

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Heather Hoch
Beignets, macarons, gumbo and eclairs -- French Grocery has the goods.
What We Bought:
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.


Location Info

French Grocery

5345 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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NorthCentralLove
NorthCentralLove

Love this place! The beignets are better than Cafe Du Mond in New Orleans. I also took home some PB Americano white chocolate peanut butter and it was delicious!

Katie Victoria
Katie Victoria

French Grocery has great beignets and macaroons!!!

Mickey Cantor
Mickey Cantor

I drove by today, and wondered when you were going to write about it.

TrishsDish812
TrishsDish812

I was excited to try it out the other day then quickly disappointed when everything is in refrigerated containers that you re-heat at home.  

Why would I spend $12-$15 for an entree of Coq au Vin and then go home to nuke it in the microwave?  I hope they start serving in house.  I would rather make it fresh at home.  Until then.....

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