My husband and I absolutely adore the growth and culture downtown Phoenix. On our date night out he spoiled me big time. We went to three different restaurants each for different parts of our meal, but the first place we visited really stood out.
Neither of us knew where we were going to end up, so he searched for “the best restaurants in Phoenix” as we headed downtown. The Tuck Shop was one of the top 10 restaurants that popped up. Located on the north corner of Oak and 12th St, the tuck shop is really “tucked” right into the neighborhood. If you drive by you may miss the cute little green house converted restaurant.
We were quite early for the dinner hour, doors open at five but things may change because of new ownership. Speaking of, the first owner welcomed us right in, even being a little early. The new owners know how to live and run a happening place, we really enjoyed both of them. It’s a dad and daughter duo that give the restaurant a very warm and inviting vibe. They have both had their fair shares of travel which we got to hear stories about. The bar tender talked to us for a long while about his travels as well, giving both my husband and I the exploration itch.
The style of the tuck shop is mid century, a house made in the 60’s that got to keep its style. Decorated with fun conversation pieces and modern touches, by far my favorite feature about the room was the re-purposed ceiling. The feature was made from the buildings original floor panels igniting the HGTV in me. The flow of style and charm really made us feel like we had found a place to come back to, and one to impress our friends with at that.
Let’s talk about the amazing food. We both started with drinks while we waited for the kitchen to open. This gave us adequate time to look over the menu all the while making it harder to make a choice. Eventually with a personal description of some of their signature dishes, the staff had us sold on our choice.
The husband ordered chicken and waffles. Not this healthy eaters go to dish, but he knew this was going to be worth it. He calls the waffles “heavenly” and I don’t take that lightly because that is not a common comment from the man. I ordered the beet ravioli. The staff made sure everything was gluten free for me being careful and sweet to make sure I was taken care of. I don’t eat grains often, so to have ravioli by itself was exciting, but the fact that the pocket was made out of beet and that it delicious was over the top for me. I love flavor and spices and tend to go heavier on them when I cook so this hit the spot big time. I recommend it for certain.
We had never been to the tuck shop, but it gets a five star rating and a promise we will be back!
Check them out on yelp HERE
Check out their website HERE