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“A Stranger's Recommendatiom”
Review of Tinderbox Kitchen

Tinderbox Kitchen
Ranked #37 of 356 Restaurants in Flagstaff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $28
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Chef Schmitz serves up well-executed spins on reimagined American fare like: Pan Seared Chicken Breast. Braised Pork Shoulder, Pan Seared Butterfish, 12oz Grilled Ribeye, Grilled Pesto Salmon Fillet 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." --New York Magazine. "Best Restaurants in Flagstaff," Arizona Republic.
Reviewed April 17, 2013

In Flagstaff on our way to visit Sedona and the Grand Canyon, and a gal in the Visitors' Center recommended Tinderbox. I told her we were looking for "comfort food." Well, Tinderbox goes well beyond meat loaf and potatoes! It's a small and intimate restaurant with very good wait staff, an ample selection of local and other wines and an eclectic menu. I had their soup of the day, a tomato bisque type soup, and for the entree I had lamb over orzo. They were both delicious. I also tried their "homemade syrah which was terrific. My wife had one of their elaborate salads which she enjoyed very much. Tinderbox is a bit on the expensive side, but well worth it.

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Thank Norman G
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is an interesting and unusual restaurant. Unfortunately the food doesn't quite live up to expectations. I feel they are trying too hard and not quite pulling it off. I had the venison with port soaked blackberries and blue cheese grits. The venison was beautifully cooked and tender. However I couldn't taste the port in the blackberries at all and the blue cheese was too string and overpowered the flavour of the meat. The flavours just weren't well balanced. The trio of chocolate desserts were fabulous.

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Thank RCrS
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Spending one night in Flagstaff before heading off to the Grand Canyon tomorrow. We were told this was the best restaurant in Flagstaff, but expensive. Don't know about other places, but this was definitely worth the money. Eclectic and interesting menu, nice ambiance. We shared the calamari and the lamb porterhouse, and thought both were excellent. Wine was wonderful, especially the house featured wine, and the chocolate cake and ice cream for dessert was delicious. We would happily go there again.

Thank Mgertz
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Two words: Pork Belly! Everything we had was amazing, but the pork belly was out of this world. Also try the blue cheese grits. They also have a good wine list, and a good bartender who changed the drinks to our liking.

2  Thank DanAndAssana
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

The pork spareribs were fine ( and a huge portion), but the entrees were just mediocre. Entrees were duck breast with couscous and lamb sirloin. Desert however, citrus creme brûlée, was super. A little bolder spices and sauces are needed.

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Thank Enjoygreatfood1
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