Bringing awareness to the Phoenix restaurant scene is just one way that we Localists strive to put our dynamic and innovative community on the map. Being a part of a local community involves more than just shopping and eating local; it is about getting to know the faces behind these culinary masterpieces and hearing their incredible stories.
In the spirit of bringing our restaurant community into the spotlight, we have asked the members of our Devour Phoenix Restaurant Coalition a few questions to get to know them better and hear a bit about their inspiration. In today’s article, we are featuring:
Grace Unger/ Owner of Tuck Shop Kitchen & Bar
Q: What is your favorite food memory?
Q: What has inspired the concept for your restaurant?
Q: What is your favorite dish from your menu and why?
We serve a dish called Salmorejo. A chilled soup, the sister dish to gazpacho, made from fresh peeled tomatoes, red bell peppers, paprika, garlic and topped with a green apple and basil granita. The dish screams summer in Phoenix to me and also speaks to my Spanish roots.
Q: What other Phoenix chef inspires you and why?
Jason Asher of UnderTow. He is filled with so much passion and creative ability. So many people get their start in Phoenix and end up moving out of state. Watching Jason over the years grow and create something special in this city is what I really admire. With his background in mixology as well as his culinary experience, he is a perfect example of what it takes to be well-rounded in this industry. From him, I’ve learned to always be seeking out new and exciting industry trends, not to get too comfortable, and to always be pushing boundaries. There’s a lot of smiling and people pleasing that goes along with this world and if you don’t really mean it, it doesn’t carry the same weight. I find Jason to be incredibly genuine which is a quality I really admire. After moving back to Phoenix having spent years abroad, I am so happy to have reconnected with Jason. He has been a friend, a mentor and an inspiration.
Q: What do you love most about being a local business in Phoenix?
Phoenix has come a long way over the past few years, and the city has been incredibly supportive. There are more and more local businesses opening every week and being able to be a part of that is exciting. We are tucked away in a historic neighborhood, and the support we get from the community and our regulars is what makes this job so fun. When I describe the restaurant as a place people come to feel like they’re dining at a friends house, I mean that in the truest sense. I consider the people that come here friends and family.