Buried in an unsuspecting neighborhood in downtown Phoenix is a great restaurant that in my three years of living in Phoenix I had no clue existed. In fact, when my girlfriend said we were meeting friends there for dinner I assumed it was on the other side of town. The gem I’m referring to is Tuck Shop.
I love food almost as much as I love sports. So before I venture out to any new spots, I always do what any food lover would do: I Google the restaurant. The website is a perfect representation of the restaurant, it’s smallish and stylish. The seasonal menu is listed on the website as well as a wine list so you know exactly what to expect.
We went on a Friday evening around 6pm and as we arrived, we found a cozy restaurant with a library section with couches attached on the north side. We sat down in the library and waited for our friends to arrive. Within a minute, we were offered drinks from a small menu with local favorites and plenty of beer and wine to choose from.
After our friends arrived about 15 minutes later, we were immediately seated at a table for four. The service was superb. The small plates were served family style as were the entrees. We had delicious appetizers before splitting a mac and cheese and a salmon dish. All the food was tasty. We were impressed. We all sampled a few different drinks with my favorite being their spiced rum and homemade ginger ale. Even desert was tasty. We had both an apple pie dish and a chocolate crème brûlée. Both of which were perfectly sweet but not over-the-top.
Tuck shop is an excellent place to go for a date, an after-work drink or to bring a group for a special occasion. I’m excited to go back!