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Tucker Duke's Lunchbox

73 S John Sims Pkwy, Niceville, FL 32580
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Ranked #21 of 70 restaurants in Niceville
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers
Description: Fairly new business which is tucked (hidden) behind McDonald's, off of Highway 20 and Juniper Avenue, in Niceville, Florida. The chef/owner is Brian Cartenuto, a young chef who cooks very tasty, and well seasoned, food in a casual environment. He claims to cook and serve the BEST HAMBURGER IN TOWN, and my son who considers himself a burger connoisseur (and tastes burgers in EVERY town we visit) says it is THE BEST hamburger he has EVER eaten. And, it is HUGE. In fact, all of Brian's portions are very large. I can never finish my plate of food, and take some home every time. In addition to his menu, he offers Blue Plate Specials from Monday through Friday. His "Red Beans and Rice" on Monday are the BEST I've ever had. As Niceville, Fl has so few delicious, affordable and local restaurants, I am reallly wanting to place Tucker Duke's Lunchbox on the map. In fact, I plan to contact that show Diners, Dives, and Drive-Ins. :-)
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Description: Fairly new business which is tucked (hidden) behind McDonald's, off of Highway 20 and Juniper Avenue, in Niceville, Florida. The chef/owner is Brian Cartenuto, a young chef who cooks very tasty, and well seasoned, food in a casual environment. He claims to cook and serve the BEST HAMBURGER IN TOWN, and my son who considers himself a burger connoisseur (and tastes burgers in EVERY town we visit) says it is THE BEST hamburger he has EVER eaten. And, it is HUGE. In fact, all of Brian's portions are very large. I can never finish my plate of food, and take some home every time. In addition to his menu, he offers Blue Plate Specials from Monday through Friday. His "Red Beans and Rice" on Monday are the BEST I've ever had. As Niceville, Fl has so few delicious, affordable and local restaurants, I am reallly wanting to place Tucker Duke's Lunchbox on the map. In fact, I plan to contact that show Diners, Dives, and Drive-Ins. :-)
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Valparaiso, Indiana
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

After a couple years of seeing pictures of this place's food, I decided to drive all the way from Navarre Beach while on vacation over to Tucker Duke's (in Valparaiso, not Niceville, as previously stated). It was worth the drive, I assure you. In hindsight, we shouldn't have ordered appetizers but they were still great, with the exception of, perhaps,... More

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Niceville, Florida
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Tucker Duke's is NOT "tucked (hidden) behind McDonald's, off of Highway 20 and Juniper Avenue, in Niceville, Florida." It's actually about four miles further west than McDonalds. Tucker Duke's is in Valparaiso, FL...NOT in Niceville! It's about 1.5 miles east of Eglin Air Force Base's east gate, right on the top of the hill next to Coastal Bank. It's not... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband and I stopped at this small shop at the advice of our daughter,a Lt in the Army based at Eglin Airforce base. The shop is not much to look at inside or out but the food was out of this world! My husband had the Rueben Sandwich and I had the steakhouse burger. Thank goodness I didn't get... More

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Niceville, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The burgers at this restaurant are great, but there are some definite downsides to eating here. If I was rating only the burgers, it might get four stars. The biggest negative for me was the owner looming over us when we ate. I have eaten there several times (The locals love it and it's popular with the military folk). When... More

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atlanta, georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I can't believe that this place is so popular. This was my first and last visit. First of all, both my husband and I ordered medium burgers. His came with no pink whatsoever and mine came back so rare that it was completely raw all of the way through. The cook clearly had an attitude about making me a new... More

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FL
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I've been to this place for office luncheons a couple of times, and was disappointed on both occasions. They are trying to sell a gourmet burger of sorts, using their own sauce, etc, but there is nothing particularly special about it. And they're also overpriced. When I order I burger, I expect to get it my way, but you don't... More

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Florida Panhandle, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Staff is very friendly. These are gourmet burgers, each unique and full of flavor. There is no need for any condiments on the table. Well worth the price. I won't order another burger anywhere else after eating here. I had the Fido burger with the crispy bun. What a treat! Looking forward to my next visit to try something else.

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Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

I've eaten a lot of hamburgers in my life, so I feel qualified to review the burgers at Tucker Duke's. I've certainly had better; they discourage deviations from the way they want to make a hamburger, not necessarily the way you want it. Well-done seems to be a mystery, as does plain ol' mayonnaise. Building is an old ( and... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This food is amazing. One of the best burgers I have ever eaten. Just remember to hit the gym once you come out of your food coma.

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Niceville, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Okay the is okay but do you want yo support a company that is abusive to its employees? I can't. I am a local and won't eat here.

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