By Evan Wood
The Phoenix’s daily special board sits prominently on the Main Street sidewalk and is a welcome sight for anyone spending lunch hour in Boonville. At first glance, the menu looks similar to any American bar and grill, but it’s the details that make The Phoenix stand out.
The main street club, for instance, is your standard club sandwich, except with roasted pork loin and a house-made green peppercorn aioli. The Phoenix also makes its own wing, barbecue, and burger sauces; each is worth trying. Staple items with a twist dot the menu, but it’s not a gimmick. From the bread to the sauces, the whole menu is flavor-focused.
A quality beer selection and classic public house décor—think sturdy wooden tables and chairs—round out the atmosphere. If you have an adventurous palate, options like the yellow fin tuna steak sandwich will take you off the beaten plate.
The Phoenix is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Its subtly elevated menu items make it a best-kept secret in the region, worth stopping at or driving to any day of the week.