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Best Hidden Restaurant Phoenix 2011 - Tuck Shop

Tuck Shop

Tuck Shop

2245 N. 12th St.

Phoenix, AZ 85006

602-354-2980

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We're still surprised whenever we hear someone say they've never heard of Tuck Shop, one of the best casual-dining spots in town. Opened about three years ago, Tuck Shop (named after snack stands popular in the UK, where one "tucks in" for a quick bite) offers tapas-style dining with a delicious menu designed by restaurant consultant Mitch Hoverman. We love the mac and cheese with prosciutto and lobster, the skirt steak, and especially the citrus-brined chicken and white cheddar waffles. And, seriously, where else in Phoenix can one go to get beer-battered cheese curds? We always start with those, and then move on to a plate of the dates stuffed with chorizo and Gruyère, washed down by a gin and tonic (with a paper-thin slice of cucumber as garnish!), because Tuck Shop makes its own tonic water, a slightly tart, lightly syrupy concoction that makes everything we eat while drinking it taste even better.

On weekends, there can sometimes be a wait for a table, but we love cozying up to strangers at the big communal table in the middle of the room — or eating at the bar. Tell a friend about Tuck Shop, which is tucked away at 12th and Oak streets, smack dab in the center of the Coronado historic neighborhood.

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Pamela J Kelly
Pamela J Kelly

Love the article. Mitch is the best and Tuck Shop is so much fun to dine at. However, you have misspelled Mitch's last name, it's Hoverman.

Susie Timm
Susie Timm

Thanks for recognizing one of my faves--just an FYI his name is Mitch Hoverman.

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