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PHIL BRINGS THE GRILL TO DOWNTOWN NEW ORLEANS
Restaurateur Phil de Gruy's Award-Winning
Burger Restaurant, Phil's Grill, Now Open
Known by many as Louisiana's ‘Top Bun', Phil de Gruy, recently expanded his burgeoning burger empire, Phil's Grill, when he opened his third outpost at 748 Camp Street in New Orleans' Central Business District (CBD). The critically-acclaimed build-a-burger dining destination, which opened in December 2013, has earned rave reviews and accolades since the 2007 opening of the original location in Metairie, Louisiana.
"I chose the Camp Street building for its great location and phenomenal history," says de Gruy. "I'm excited to be a part of the New Orleans community and know Phil's Grill will be a great hangout for folks to enjoy burgers, beers and good times."
Housed in an historic building on Camp between Julia and Girod Streets, the restaurant space was once home to recording icon Cosimo Matassa's studio from the 1960's to early 80's, where he captured the sound of legends like Fats Domino, Clarence "Frogman" Henry and Dr. John, among others. In its current incarnation, Phil's Grill pays homage to its incredible history.
Designed by architect Brooks Graham, Ronald and Melanie Doane of R&M Construction and artist/interior designer Nicole Ruppel Jones, the 3900 sq. ft. 110-seat restaurant and bar captivates guests upon entry with a musical ‘walk of fame' - distressed concrete floors inlaid with eight bronze musical notes preserving the legacy of local greats Cosimo Matassa, Alan Toussaint, Professor Longhair, The Neville Brothers, The Dixie Cups, Milton Batiste, Oliver Morgan and Ernie K-Doe. The bar features copper counters and the original fireplace is flanked with beer taps and reclaimed wood from New Orleans-based Ricca's. Exposed beams and brickwork are complimented by industrial pendant lighting, casting an intimate cozy hue over the restaurant. Abstract portraits of the musicians who once recorded there are showcased throughout the restaurant, featuring the work of local artist Andrew Wilkie, while a chalkboard wall lining the dining room, is painted by NOLA artist/retailer Karen K. Katz. Album covers, vintage lighting and Nicole Ruppel Jones' architectural abstracts of the warehouse district and CBD complete the look. According to Ruppel Jones, "Simplicity and raw elements are the basic tenets of the design philosophy at Phil's Grill. We want to let the food and musical history of 748 Camp Street do all the talking."
Under the direction of executive chef Justin Jones, the menu at Phil's Grill offers over a million possible combinations of burgers, toppings, sauces, greens and buns. Priced at $9.75, diners can begin by choosing a protein, such as 100% Angus Beef; Portobello Mushroom; Turkey; Grilled Chicken; and Veggie, or the Fat City Burger (Angus stuffed with American cheese and deep fried); Lagniappe (ground Angus and Hot Sausage); and Zapp's® Crusted Chicken Breast. Premium burgers, available for $13.99, will include Tuna; Bison; Alligator or the melt-in-your-mouth signature Philet - 100% ground filet mignon. Once protein is selected, the adventure continues, where guests can choose from endless possibilities of buns, salads, sauces and toppings. Signature Phil's Grill items will include grilled jalapeño aioli; horseradish honey mustard; peanut butter; avocado-tomato relish; pecan wood smoked bacon; fried egg; onion strings; pineapple; and herb goat cheese spread. The restaurant will feature rotating specialty burgers inspired by musicians, sporting events and holidays, such as the Turducken burger with cranberry compote, Zapp'd® cornbread dressing, Havarti cheese and cabbage on an onion bun. Plenty of gluten free and other smart menu options are also available for diners who are looking to indulge without having to ditch a healthy diet. The restaurant is certified by Ochsner Hospital and Elmwood Fitness Center as an official Eat Fit Nola restaurant.
Diners can accompany their burgers with a side dish (one included) such as spicy potato salad, loaded baked potato or fried pickles. The menu also prominently displays local brands like Zapp's®, Crystal Hot Sauce, Abita, and NOLA Brewing, reflecting de Gruy's love for all things Louisiana.
Handmade shakes and floats; craft and bottled beers; and a full bar featuring an array of musician-inspired specialty cocktails round out the Phil's Grill menu. Guests can enjoy innovative twists on classics such as the FAT MAN - bacon-infused vodka, Worcestershire, hot sauce, tomato juice, olives, lime and spicy beans; COSIMO - Ketel One Citron, fresh squeezed cranberry and lime juices and muddled strawberries; and DIXIE CUP - Pimm's Liqueur, cucumber, lime, orange and fresh squeezed lemonade, garnished with mint. Even non-bourbon drinkers will fall in love with the TOUSSAINT TCHOUP, a savory-sweet concoction featuring Makers Mark and fresh squeezed apple juice, balanced by the smoky-saltiness of a pecan-wood bacon strip, finished with a cherry garnish. Imbibers looking for a light, refreshing alternative will enjoy the FESSOR - Cruzan Rum, muddled strawberries and blueberries, mint, soda and lime.
Phil's Grill is located at 748 Camp Street in New Orleans and serves lunch and dinner Sunday - Thursday, 11am to 10pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am to 11pm. Happy Hour daily from 5pm - 7pm. Street and municipal parking available. Telephone: 504.309.7702 http://www.phils-grill.com/
About Phil's Grill
In 2007 restaurateur Phil de Gruy opened the first Phil's Grill in Metairie, Louisiana and in Harahan in 2010. Since then Phil's Grill has been recognized for five consecutive years as "Best Burger in the Big Easy" by Where Y'at Magazine; "Top 5 Burgers" by Times-Picayune; and one of the three "Best Burgers" in Gambit Weekly's "Best of New Orleans 2013." De Gruy is active in the local community with PHILanthrophy, his charitable organization that benefits various organizations in Louisiana including The Miracle League, Special Olympics, Audubon Institute and others. Phil's Grill locations include 3020 Severn Avenue in Metairie; 1640 Hickory Avenue in Harahan; and the newest location at 748 Camp Street in New Orleans. http://www.phils-grill.com/