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Where else can you dine in the company of a real live Airstream trailer by day and throw back some retro cocktails by night? Nowhere but The Duce, we're guessing. During the heyday of the Prohibition era, Phoenix folk often visited this downtown warehouse to illicitly enjoy some alcohol, à la Boardwalk Empire. Known as "The Deuce" to local law enforcement, the squat brick structure housed a bonafide bootlegging operation and provided spirits on the sly to anyone in the know. While the 18th Amendment has long since been repealed, it's still possible to get some speakeasy thrills at this unique eatery/drinkery/boutique. The mixmasters working the vintage Art Deco wooden bar can pour any number of old school cocktails in Mason jars, including Sidecars, Rusty Nails, Screwdrivers, and even some Mary Pickfords, as well as classic brews like Schlitz and Hamm's. The retro flavor extends beyond the drink menu as a '50s-era TV plays roller derby matches and vintage wrestling bouts while the sound system plays oldies and beer jingles. Food-wise, you'll want to come here for the Asparagus, Mushroom, and Goat Cheese Omelet, as well-loaded with fresh vegetables and oozy with yummy cheese. Housed in a beautiful old warehouse with concrete floors, exposed brick, and warmly reclaimed wood, this fun café is so interesting to look at, you'll be distracted from the menu. But not for long, especially once you smell the yummy French Toast and hot syrup at the next table. Order a morning mimosa from the fully-stocked bar, and linger a little after breakfast on the chummy patio out front. Cool.
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Cool place! Way off the beaten path! The Owner, the little guy Steve Rosenstein is quite the narsacist. Overly proud of his acomplishments and quite obviously suffers from little mans complex. The food was average about the same as any random off beat burger place. This guy did a good job at making Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer cool for $6.00. Blue collar sheak?? This guy stood there and went on and on about selling designers vintage cloting designs and a big contract with Sacks 5th Ave, Barneys, Nordstrom or whoever. Our group just lisened and laughed as he walked away. I was not aware that you cound make designer vintage brand new designer clothing?? New / Vintage, oxymoron?? Buying a $6.00 pabst and a $7.50 burger and a $5.00 piece of pie all from the same street vendor I can get my New Designer Vintage Clothing from and be entertained by a guy that walks around trying to be hip and buffed all at the same time is awesome!. Nice concept too much information and the food is over priced for average. Its like I was having a beer and a burger at an Army Surplus Store. Ugh!!
Walking into a restaurant and running into a boxing ring is a little strange, but it seems par for the course at Duce. This place has a little bit of everything. Boutique style clothing stores, home made pies and some pretty decent food. Stepped out of the warehouse to the courtyard and ordered the slider sampler for lunch ($8). Comes with 3 sliders and was pretty filling. Rusty chairs and wooden picnic tables abound. It looks like someone just picked up all of the old garage sale patio furniture and arranged it here, but not in a bad way. Pretty charming. Food was pretty good and wasn't too expensive. Would like to return to play some shuffle board or maybe pick up a home made pie.
Where do we begin? That's the problem we have when we visit The Duce, and it's our problem now, as we try to figure out how to describe it to you. Trust us, it's the kind of problem you want to have.Steve and Andi Rosenstein ditched Chicago for Scottsdale, only to realize once they'd arrived that, um, there's not much to do in these parts. Enter The Duce, a ginormous old warehouse in what was once the produce district in what is now largely abandoned South Phoenix. The Rosensteins treat the... More »
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