Although they called it a “soft opening,” the Tinderbox Restaurant’s door flew off its hinges with a bang tonight. If the noisy, happy crowd was any indication of things to come, the restaurant will be a Flagstaff favorite for quite some time.
Happy diners nibbled on chicken liver pate, smoked salmon on coins of cucumber and cheddar fritters. Executive Chef Scott Heinonen promises a seasonal menu of “redefined” American Comfort Food. Jalapeno Mac-N-Cheese with Duck leg confit should ignite the taste buds. I’m looking forward to trying Scott’s Sweet & Spicy Sausage links served with creamy blue cheese grits and shaved fennel slaw. Just don’t tell my doctor — Dee Kaserer — who has FINALLY got my cholesterol down to normal levels!
The T-Box opens for biz on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 for dinner.
UPDATE Dec 2020: Chef Scott Heinonen is no longer at The Tinderbox. The upscale restaurant continues to compete with the other Flagstaff restaurants.
UNSTOPPABLE Stacey is a travel writer based in Flagstaff, Arizona in the American Southwest. Her friends request her opinion of restaurants and food, but the Flagstaff travel writer would never call herself a food “critic!”