At press time, the build-your-own-burger joint Phil's Grill (www.phils-grill.com) was preparing to open a Warehouse District location (748 Camp St., 504-309-7702) Saturday. Phil de Gruy opened the original Phil's Grill in Metairie (3020 Severn Ave., 504-324-9080) in 2007, and there's also a Harahan location (1640 Hickory Ave., 504-305-1705).
Phil's Grill allows patrons to choose everything from patty (beef, turkey, bison, tuna, portobello, veggie) and bun (white, whole wheat, onion, French bread, etc.) to cheese (Havarti, cheddar, Parmesan, herbed goat cheese, etc.), toppings (pickles, sauteed mushrooms, fried egg, pineapple, coleslaw, etc.), premium toppings for $1-$2 more (smoked bacon, avocado-tomato relish, black bean and turkey chili) and condiments (barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, jalapeno aioli, horseradish honey-mustard, etc.). The menu also features a selection of gourmet burgers, including a turducken burger and the Fat City, a deep-fried American cheese-stuffed Angus beef patty. There also are sides, shakes, floats, desserts, craft beers and a full bar.
Phil's Grill occupies a space that housed the final location of Cosimo Matassa's J&M Recording Studio from roughly 1965 to 1980. The redesign incorporates some elements marking its place in music history, including eight bronze musical notes inlaid in the distressed concrete floor at the entrance.
The Camp Street location is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.