Don’t let the fact that this place is located in the corner of a strip mall steer you away. It has a unique atmosphere with beautiful artwork and a dark floral wallpaper that you don’t want to miss. Dark Hall Coffee (same owners as The Coronado PHX) specializes in plant-based drinks and pastries. Lattes, cortados and cappuccinos are all dairy-free. They use a milk blend made from cashews and other nuts. They have quite a variety of vegan pasties as well. Lavender & pistachio cakes, macarons, salted chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon rolls and shortbread drizzled with chocolate are just some examples of the yumminess that they make up daily. My favorite are the galettes. I’ve seen fig apple, peach and blueberry. I love the fruity gelatinous center of the pastry and it pairs well with my coffee. This isn’t the largest place so maybe plan on getting your order to go. Dark Hall is definitely worth a stop in if you are in the area.
A couple from New Orleans started this part market, part restaurant in 2013. French Grocery specializes in French, Cajun and Creole foods. The outside of the grocery may not look like much, but the decor and the service makes you feel welcome upon entering. You basically order your food or drink at the service counter and find a table to sit at and eat. They have a couple of huge deli cases full of pastas, meats, cheeses and desserts. They also have an enormous collection of French wines that are displayed beautifully throughout the store. I’ve been here a couple times now, but haven’t had the opportunity to grab anything off their lunch or diner menu. But the BBQ shrimp po-boy and muffuletta sandwiches look amazing. The cochon de lait sandwich is also on my must-try list. I came in for some beignets and coffee the last time I was here and took home some yummy macarons for dessert. They have quite a variety of them to choose from. My personal favorite is the salted caramel one. Today I stopped in and took home some of their homemade cinnamon almond butter. This place has been a nice addition to the Phoenix area and gives me some good throwback memories of my visit to New Orleans.