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Tinderbox Kitchen


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner

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Kitchen's Inspired Seasonal Soup
Buffalo Wing Style Chicken Livers, Standard Sticks, Ranch Dressing
Semolina –Fried Calamari, Spicy Sriracha Mayo, Lemon, Sea Salt
Glazed Pork Belly Confit, Blue Cheese Grits, Apple Relish, Curry Vinaigrette
House-Smoked Salmon, Arugula Salad, Horseradish Cream, Bruschetta
“the Board”: House Made Charcuterie, Artisan Cheeses, Breads
Arugula and Butter Lettuce Salad, Beets, Apples, Bleu Cheese, Vinaigrette
Simple Greens, Fruits, Candied Nuts, Goat Cheese, Citrus Vinaigrette
Seared Sea Scallops, Butternut Squash, Cauliflower, Brown Butter
Lamb Sirloin, Mushroom-Parmesan Risotto Cake, Broccoli Salad
Smoke-Roasted Pork Loin, Creamy Mascarpone Polenta, Apple Slaw
Sugar Cured Venison, Creamy Blue Cheese Grits, Winter Blackberries
Pan-Roasted Duck Breast, Duck Confit Cous Cous, Broccolini, Jus
New York Strip Steak, Steak Sauce, Horseradish Mashers, Broccolini
Duck Leg Confit, Jalapeno Mac-N-Cheese, Mustard Bread Crumbs
Poblano Chile Meatloaf, Cheddar Mashers, Tempura Acorn Squash
Chef's Nightly Finfish Preparation
Chef's Tasting Menu Available Every Night
4-Courses Served at Kitchen's Discretion
House Mashers
Blue Cheese Grits
Side Greens, Vinaigrette
Grilled Broccolini
Tempura Squash
Marinated Red Beets
Chef Schmitz serves up well-executed spins on reimagined American fare like Pan Seared Chicken Breast. Braised Pork Shoulder, Pan Seared Butterfish, 14oz Grilled Ribeye, Mushroom and Gruyere Burger, and many other entrees, starters, soups, and salads. The wine selection mirrors the Tinderbox menu; ever-changing. The bottle list is global with full renditions of varietals selected to match that evening's menu. The by-the-glass list is a special selection of wines made along with their Companion Sutcliffe Vineyard in McElmo Canyon, Colo. The wines are selected and even specifically blended to add and compliment each dish. "Tinderbox Kitchen is at the epicenter of the Flagstaff culinary awakening."
$16 - $28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As other reviewers have indicated, Tinderbox has horrible acoustics, in that you cannot hear your dining partner across the table. Yes, it is an old building, but it is small, and all it takes is one loud customer (as we experienced last evening-the gentleman behind...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner at Tinderbox, last night. Two of us had the trout, which was good, but over seasoned with salt. One order of the Butterfish which was very good and one Bison burger which was excellent. It was a busy Saturday night so it varied...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Maura M, Manager at Tinderbox Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Enjoyingdinner2018, thank you for taking time to write a review of Tinderbox Kitchen. We are pleased you enjoyed your food. We are a small and fun restaurant, so it can be loud. I like the term you used, "vibrant". Next time you may try and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here to celebrate a birthday. Our table afforded a view of the kitchen. DH started with the fried Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. A very generous serving. Really delicious. DH enjoyed the marinara accompaniment. I had the potato leek soup. It was delicious but...More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Maura M, Manager at Tinderbox Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Reader17, thank you for taking time to write a review about your dining experience at Tinderbox Kitchen. I am very glad you enjoyed your meal. Because we are a small and very busy restaurant it can get loud, and fun. Cheers, Maura FOH Manager Tinderbox...More

Reviewed May 12, 2019

My husband and I are very sensitive to certain foods. Our waiter consulted with the chefs and provided us a large choice of options which fit our needs. We were offered wonderful entrees which met all of our health requirements. This restaurant was recommended as...More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Maura M, Manager at Tinderbox Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Sue, thank you very much for your thoughtful and kind feedback. As the manager of the team of servers I am very proud when they exceed customer expectation. I will also share your comments with our Kitchen staff. They are always willing to go...More

Reviewed May 3, 2019

We were looking for a good steak or piece of fish and a nice bottle of wine. Decided on Tinderbox after reading other reviews and looking at menu. Prices seemed reasonable. I had the filet mignon/mushroom demi-glaze (served with potato gratin and blistered green beans)....More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Kevin H, Owner at Tinderbox Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2019

CDianeA, thank you for taking time to write a review for Tinderbox Kitchen, It warms my heart that you had such a good dining experience. We truly enjoy taking care of our guests. I will happily share your comments with my bartender Chris, Felicia and...More

Reviewed May 3, 2019

Friendly service, delicious food and great ambiance made for a delightful evening. I only wish I was in Flagstaff more often so I could eat at this restaurant.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Maura M, Manager at Tinderbox Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kinta53, thank you for the great review. We are always happy when our guests are happy! Say hello the next time you are in town. Make sure to check out the remodel of our patio next to our cocktail lounge, The Annex, right next door....More

Reviewed May 1, 2019

I suspect this is the best restaurant in Flagstaff. Great menu, good atmosphere, superb food. Cocktails are inventive and yummy.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Maura M, Manager at Tinderbox Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Gina, thank you so much for taking time to write such a nice review. We take great pride in our food & service. If you make it back to Flag check out the patio next to our cocktail lounge, The Annex right next door. Cheers,...More

Reviewed May 1, 2019 via mobile

Went here with friends. We absolutely loved this place. The ambiance was lovely here. Service was excellent. Had a very small wait for such a busy time on a Friday night. Started off with a Regina George that was perfectly crafted. We had an appetizer...More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Kevin H, Owner at Tinderbox Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2019

Dear Carmen, YAY! It makes us so happy when we crush it for our customers. If you get a chance to check out our Cocktail Lounge, The Annex, they are going to be finished remodeling the fantastic patio in a couple of weeks. We hope...More

Reviewed April 22, 2019

This was our first dinner on a week-long trip to AZ and it served as the benchmark for all our other meals. We only had one night in Flagstaff and it was hard to choose a restaurant among all the stellar choices but we definitely...More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Kevin H, Owner at Tinderbox Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2019

Dear Travel Buff, THANK YOU! We appreciate feedback from our traveling guests. I especially appreciate the "lovely manager" comment. On a serious note, it was incredibly nice of you to share so many highlights from your visit. I will be sure to share them with...More

Reviewed April 7, 2019 via mobile

Saw something about a hipster restaurant having exposed brick...well this one does. We weren’t very hungry so we didn’t try a lot but what we did was amazing. Husband had the butterfish...he didn’t believe there was a real fish by that name (he is an...More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Kevin H, Owner at Tinderbox Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2019

Michele, Thank you! So glad you gave us a try. And, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I will share your feedback with my Chef & staff. Cheers, Maura FOH Manager Tinderbox Kitchen

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Response from Teresa W | Reviewed this property |
Two entrees, one appetizer, water, and three (2.50 Pabst Blue Ribbon - the high point of the meal) was $93.00
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