Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Phoenicia Gourmet - a touch of the Middle East in Mississippi

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 d├ęcor 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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Anonymous said...

This review is far from reality. The chicken shawarma is marinated in a bucket of butter, literally. Ask any of the staff. You order snapper and receive sheepshead, as the owner Sam cuts corners and covers the food in sauces so you cant distinguish. They dont serve alcohol because they cant get a liquor license. However, if you like heavy food that leaves you bloated, and decent service this is the place!

Jane Feehan said...

You worked there? Opened another place close by?