I had lunch this week at Fez on Central. Although co-workers had been there a few times before, I had never joined them. Central Avenue is a construction mess right now, and it took us 10 minutes to travel 1 1/2 miles, but we made it.
Fez has kind of a modern, hip atmosphere. Stained concrete floor, mod but comfortable furniture and cool art. 3/4 of the space is restaurant, with the remaining 1/2 the bar area. The restaurant was full when we arrived, so we were seated at one of the 3-4 high tables in the bar. The padded seats were actually quite comfortable.
The guys were all talking about the hamburgers and the fries, so I stuck with that. The fez fries are $3.50 for each basket, and come in four flavors: cinnamon dusted sweet potato fries, spicy harissa, garlic and rosemary, and salt and pepper fries. The guys had pretty much decided on the garlic and the salt and pepper fries, so I just went along and the four of us shared two baskets, which was plenty.
The burgers are all 1/2 pound grilled angus, topped with different sauces and garnish. Since it was my first time, I ordered the fez burger which comes with spicy honey molasses bbq, cinnamon pears, feta, lemon garlic aioli, crispy onions and cilantro on a ciabatta (all the burgers are $9.95 and come with a field salad with lemon basil vinaigrette). Now let me tell you that I generally prefer a burger with lettuce, tomato, onion and a little ketchup. I am not a "trendy burger" guy. But this burger was really very good. Cooked perfectly, the combination of flavors really enhanced the flavor of the burger. They didn't load on the condiments, so nothing over powered the burger itself. I was actually very impressed.
The fries are addicting, but soon become overwhelming do to the additives. They are a medium cut, and arrived hot and perfect. The flavors are really piled on and I found I enjoyed them a lot, although it became tiring after a while. Just too much flavor and probably too much food.
This was not an inexpensive lunch. Total out the door with tip was $15 each, which is quite a bit more than we usually pay for a quick lunch, but it was good. I still prefer Delux for a burgers and fries (or even Lenny's on Central for the cheap version), but Fez is closer to my office and a pretty good option.
FEZ Restaurant & Bar
3815 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012