All-day breakfast was decent, especially the generous portion of baked French toast, thick slices of sweet, crisp bread topped with candied pecans and maple syrup. A mini-skillet of scrambled eggs, goat cheese, tomato, and avocado was also filling, although I found myself longing for something else this time: breakfast potatoes. How about some hash browns or home fries to go with the eggs? You can get a side of bacon or toast, but not the essential starch of the morning. Hmm.

This is no ordinary restaurant, obviously. Here, it's up to you to find a seat, make your way to the bar to order food, and listen up for someone to announce that your order's ready for pickup at the trailer. Oh, yeah — get your own silverware and drinks, too. Eating here is a like going for a picnic in the urban jungle.

The Duce defies what you might imagine about the downtown Phoenix experience.
Jackie Mercandetti
The Duce defies what you might imagine about the downtown Phoenix experience.

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The Duce

525 S. Central
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Central Phoenix

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The Duce
525 South Central Avenue
602-866-DUCE
www.theducephx.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

French toast: $8
Brisket sliders: $8
Maple-roasted ribs: $14
Chicago-style hot dog: $4

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Howard
Howard

bigger question...who is going to want to go to this ish hole during the summer and pay 3 dollars for a schlitz? Even a wave pool of mysters would make me want to go to this crap pile again...

David Bickford
David Bickford

"While The Duce's streetside façade is fortress-like ..., the two rear entrances are huge and open" -- In other words, the Duce has blank walls facing the street. Those blank walls discourage pedestrian life and encourage guests to come by car and enter from the parking lot. More than the questionable beer selection, that's what frustrates me most about the Duce. There has been a lot of justifiable criticism of big projects like CityScape for failing to address the street. Shouldn't we hold indie businesses to the same standard in terms of how they interact with their surroundings?

Paddington bear
Paddington bear

this place is really terrible. worst service. I want to get into detail but it will take forever. Epic fail. This place is a total fail in my book. Don't waste your time..

Blah
Blah

Great concept, well executed, but this place fails consistently. Terrible customer service, just terrible. I like the campy concept of crappy beer, but for us adults, how about some good beers? I wish this place had its act together, it could have been a contender. If you want to check it out, hurry- it likely won't be around for long.

Skeefy2
Skeefy2

Yup, this place is a dud. Sorry.

JohnJohn3287
JohnJohn3287

Parking sucks and so does the AC. Plus, this dude is a scammer -- You should be doing a story on how many people he has been ripping off (ie: DJs and POP). Do that story and I will read it.

Marilyn
Marilyn

So proud of you both.Great article...love it,Mom

Hipsterwannabe
Hipsterwannabe

Oooh wait can I be cool and hang out in a warehouse too? The food sucks and since Pop the Soda shop left the soda selection blows too. And why is it that hipsters love to drink Schlitz ? Schlitz is like you took bear pee, strained it into a can and let it sit for 500 years. It is horrible. But hey, guess Schlitz fits the crappy restaurant, crappy location, crappy service motif.

 
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