St. Francis and Guy Fieri

I don’t just want to be Guy Fieri, I want to beat him. And sometimes, I do.

I beat his episodes, at least. Admittedly, I am one of hundreds of thousands of people who can’t get enough of the show “Diners Drive-Ins and Dives” on The Food Network. I even heard once that The Food Network sees poor ratings when they have almost anything but D-D-D on the air.

A few months back, I came across a list on one of my favorite blogs, Chow Bella, announcing that Guy Fieri had just been taping new episodes of D-D-D in the valley. I need to avoid bandwagon riding, so I hustled in when I heard he had been. Poet and I don’t even know it. I’ve basically followed Guy everywhere in AZ so far, so this was my routine duty. (More blog posts to come about the other D-D-D featured places I’ve been). 

 St. Francis in Phoenix was one of the places on this new list, although it’s been all the hype for quite some time now. Homeboy chef Aaron Chamberlin does magic in this place. He cooks everything in his wood oven, and the colors of the ingredients are incredible. Everything is local and baked fresh and just…k. No words. Just, no words. Literally, here are pictures that speak all the words I could attempt to construe… 

Baked goat cheese. Chevre, if you're fancy.

Baked Goat Cheese. Chevre, if you’re fancy.

Fresh baked veggie flatbread.

Fresh Baked Veggie Flatbread.

Baked Moroccan Meatballs over Israeli Couscous.

Green Chile Pork and Fresh Cornbread.

Green Chile Pork and Fresh Cornbread.

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