Who knew Phoenix was for food lovers?

People have this concept of business travel that is just, well it’s off the mark. All my friends think i bunk at the Four Seasons and take my clients to the hottest clubs and restaurants everywhere i go. Wrong.

Most of time, i am lucky to see anything other than a conference room. This past week I was in Phoenix and i was lucky. (Get your mind out of the gutter.) Having never been to Phoenix I had no idea it was a such an oasis for foodies.

The first night of my trip we went to the Tuck Shop. They feature “neighborhood comfort food” in a tiny, relaxed location. Sadly, our waiter was not very knowledgeable about wine. While avoided the bad recommendation, we didn’t trust him to offer credible advice on the menu.

For starters we shared Shrimp & Okra and the Nosh Plate. I have a sensitive gag reflex and textured food, like Okra, can be a challenge. Since i was in the company of clients (and my boss, hello!!) i figured i could have a “no thank you” portion. Boy was i wrong. It was incredible! Both the Shrimp and Okra were very lightly battered, perfectly cooked and delicious. The Nosh Plate was a standard selection of cheeses, meats so no point in blabbing on and on.

We selected the Finger Sandwiches and the Times Mac and Cheese for our smaller plates course. We ditched the lobster on the Mac and Cheese. Being from New England, if the lobster didn’t come out of the ocean that day it’s just not worth it. Finally, we finished our meal with Vovo’s favorite which was fish and chips the night i was there. We also had the red beans and rice.

Really we could have stopped after the smaller plates. The portions we well sized and easy for sharing. The bite of the Fish and Chips i tried was great. Similar to the Shrimp and Okra, the chef clearly knows how to cook fish. My colleagues didn’t like the Rice and Beans. The consistency was not what they expected and accompanying meats were not cut and mixed with the rice and beans. I can’t comment because at this point i was stuffed and stopped eating.

This was my first trip to Phoenix and dinner here was a great way to end a day of meetings. The prices were reasonable and the food was quite good. Check the Tuck Shop out on the web: http://www.tuckinphx.com/

If you go, be sure to try the specialty cocktails!

Author: Judi Kennedy

Wanderlust. A professional aunt, fitness enthusiast, dog owner and avid reader the rest of the time.

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