• Kevin Heinonen

Fine Fare in Flagstaff. Thank you AZ Daily Sun!

Located south of the train tracks, Tinderbox is an elegant windowed space in which the food is equal to the luxurious interior. Tinderbox boasts dedicated and studied Chef Mike Schmitz, who also determines the culinary day-to-day of Annex Cocktail Lounge and Tourist Home next door. The thing about Tinderbox is it’s hip and modern, but not to the extent that it is unapproachable. Creative appetizers and a long drink menu greet customers with entrees including duck leg confit and the famous bison burgers, keeping people coming back for more. Add smoked Gouda grits, blistered green beans and crispy coconut shrimp to that list. Tinderbox can’t be discussed without mention of its patio, perhaps one of the most comfortable and unique in town. Recently renovated, it’s a space shared by Annex Cocktail Lounge and Tourist Home and juts up against the beautiful ruins of a ball court, built and used by the Basque sheepherders that migrated to Flagstaff in the 1800s. Tinderbox is a space surrounded by history, all of which can be taken in with a smooth swig of an artisan cocktail, an exotic whisky or a local beer. Tinderbox is a must-see stop on a trip through town.

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