Oh, Fenix Fair

Standards done well

The braised beef short ribs in a demi-glace were a distinct improvement -- delectable and falling-off-the-bone tender. The coq au vin? A fair rendition of the famous chicken/red wine stew that some believe was first dreamed up by Julius Caesar's personal chef. Sides like the garlic mashed pots and the sautéed spinach with shallots were just okay.

The desserts are created off-site and are kind of puny, though the peanut butter crunch and the amaretto cheesecake went nicely with my espresso. Regarding Fenix's liquid refreshments, I was glad to see a number of modestly priced bottles included on the wine list. One source of annoyance: table water that tasted of the tap, always at the top of my peeve list.

Location Info


Fenix Eatery and Bar

3943 E. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Category: Restaurant > Continental

Region: East Phoenix


Maine sea scallops au gratin: $12
Mussels mariniere: $11
Steak au poivre: $22
Long Island duckling: $18

Kitchen open from 5 to 11 p.m. daily. Bar open at 4 p.m. 'til late.

3943 East Camelback Road

Nevertheless, I've decided to spare Fenix a one-way trip to gustatory Golgotha. Sending its owner off to a spelling bee might be more appropriate punishment. In any case, as long as Matmati is flexing his mussels, this paunchy Pilate will let this restaurant slide.

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