Phoenicia Gourmet Restaurant
Downtown Ocean Springs
1223 Government Street
Ocean Springs, MS
Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 9 pm
Friday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday - breakfast and brunch: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Phoenicia offers food with a Middle Eastern flair with its homemade hummus and warm pita bread served with each meal and a variety of items including chicken shawarma – boneless, sliced chicken marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and garlic – a winner. But there's much more if you’re looking for something less exotic.
Fish is a favorite there – always fresh, never frozen. Phoenicia also serves USDA prime steaks. A typical lunch special may include a choice of fresh red snapper, mahi mahi, lemon fish or coconut shrimp, with spinach lentil soup, a salad and desert for around $15. Portions for any meal here are huge. If you’ve got dinner plans, sharing a lunch may be the best way to dine in the afternoon. Ask for the specials before ordering from the menu.
There's also a “little of Mexico” with chicken or beef fajitas or quesadillas and a children’s menu with chicken tenders and hamburgers.
A plethora of choices tends to cast doubt about how good everything can be but Phoenicia seems to have a handle on it. They recently started serving breakfast. One of the morning featured items is Eggs Oscar Tournedos of Filet Mignon topped with a poached egg, crabmeat, asparagus and Hollandaise sauce for $11.95. Everything I’ve eaten there for lunch and dinner has been outstanding; the same is expected of breakfast.
Phoenicia does not sell alcohol but they invite you to bring your own. It’s a casual atmosphere, with a hint of the Middle East with its gold, blue and white wall décor and white table clothes. This is a popular place, reservations are welcome. Service: It’s been both good and bad. About 85 miles from New Orleans.
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