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October 18 - 31, 2014

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Duke’s Tavern features excellent pub food BY LYNETTE CARRINGTON

My husband and I often find that the most delicious lunch spots are not chain restaurants, but unfamiliar local establishments. Duke’s Tavern was one such place—and we weren’t disappointed. Although the menu is not expansive, the tastes are huge. Appetizers include nachos, edamame, tavern tenders, wings and sliders. But my husband and I went off the beaten path to try the burrata pomodoro ($9)— housemade burrata (fresh mozzarella with a creamy interior), served with bruschetta, roasted garlic and grilled baguette bread. Definitely a winner, this appetizer’s ingredients were served in three separate bowls on the same platter. We found it tasted best with all three topping items combined. It is a taste symphony that quickly won us over. The Juicy Lucy ($9) is Duke’s most popular burger. The owner told us that this type of burger, which features cheese stuffed inside the meat patty, is frequently served in Minneapolis. Topped with lettuce, tomatoes and sweet purple onions, the burger was, indeed, juicy and flavorful. The entrée is served with a side dish, and we chose the onion rings which were large, crunchy and slightly sweet and cooked to perfection. The Caprese grilled cheese ($9) boasts fresh mozzarella cheese, grilled tomatoes, arugula and pesto on sourdough bread.

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DUKE’S FOR THE WIN: Duke’s Tavern is a great spot for lunch or just to meet up with friends. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

APPETIZER HEAVEN: Duke’s Tavern’s burrata pomodoro boasts a flavorful combination of ingredients that makes it one of the best appetizers in Chandler. STSN photo by Lynette Carrington

This sandwich is a tasty departure from a typical grilled cheese sandwich and is one of the more upscale offerings on the tavern menu. Next, we tried the California club sandwich ($9.50), which we ordered with a side of crispy tater tots. The sandwich included a huge chicken breast and was

piled high with housemade guacamole, Swiss cheese, grilled bacon and served with lettuce, tomato and onion. It was tender, juicy and flavorful, too. Duke’s Tavern may just be one of Chandler’s best-kept secrets, especially for lunch-time dining. This is a fun spot for lunch or dinner and certainly a great

place to meet up with friends. Although we didn’t dive into the beer and wine, there is a generous-sized bar with drink specials on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. When visiting Duke’s, come hungry as most portions are very generous. We left the tavern impressed with its variety of menu items, reasonable prices, food quality and friendly service. Duke’s Tavern is located at 4910 W. Ray Rd. at Rural Road. Call (480) 993-3359 or visit www. dukestavernaz.com for a list of tavern events and additional information. Lynette Carrington is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. She can be contacted at lynette@santansun.com

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