As someone who grew up not cooking a whole lot, I became reliant on the Food Network to teach me most of the things I needed to know. (And of course, stealing all my favorite recipes from my Mom!) The Food Network still remains one of my favorite sources of low-key entertainment and meal ideas. One additional thing I think their traveling hosts do a good job with is recognizing local food spots too. For example, Raymond, NH is probably not anyone’s idea of a carnivorous food haven, but between the Food Network, Phantom Gourmet, and a host of local food writers, Tuckaway Tavern has certainly earned its place on the food map.
I’m not going to mince words here: Tuckaway Tavern is all about meat. Walking in the door, you are greeted with smells of grilled, smoked, and roasted meats. You are also probably greeted with an hour-long wait. They do not take reservations, period, so my recommendation would be to come at an odd hour and you’ll maybe wait less than an hour. We got there at 4:15 on a Saturday and we were told there would be a 45 minute wait. Our group of three discovered the bar and somehow managed to snag 3 seats together there! You can order drinks there and anything off the menu which probably saved us hours of time. By the time we left, the wait was over 90 minutes!
Besides the bar, there is also a giant marketplace that you can explore before and after you eat. I apologize because I forgot to take photos of the market, but I can say with a high degree of certainty that the market is about the same size as the dining area of the restaurant. It is HUGE. They have an excellent selection of local beers, every kind of (uncooked) butchered meat you can think of, homemade pasta salads, mac n cheese, prepared take-and-bake style dinners, and desserts. There is a smorgasbord of locally made products, their homemade sodas, and t-shirts with Tuckaway logos and food puns, which I greatly appreciated.
From an experience perspective, Tuckaway Tavern was fantastic. Everyone there seemed to already be a regular and come from afar to load up on their favorites. The couple sitting next to us at the bar ordered multiple entrees just so they could have them to take home for later in the week. Despite the popularity of the place, the waitstaff was super friendly and high-energy and had lots of good recommendations for us. One woman told us honestly that she didn’t eat red meat herself, so was excited that there was a chicken special that day and also recommended the sandwich pictured below, called the Jam ‘n Veggie, which is piled high with roasted veggies, fontina cheese, and a sweet tomato jam. This plate sustained me for a solid two meals.
We all were extremely pleased with our dinner choices. Pictured throughout this blog post are the Cherry Wood Smoked BBQ Baby Back Ribs which comes with cole slaw and a village supply of napkins and wet wipes, the veggie sandwich with their creamy homemade mac n cheese (so so good!), and the steak with broccoli cashew salad (another big hit) and smashed potatoes. We were completely stuffed with food, so we were told to return to try their award-winning steak tips and desserts.
So, if you’re a lover of steaks or ribs, this is absolutely a place you should visit ASAP. Additionally, if you’re a lover of really good hearty meals with or without red meat, you will also find something (i.e. lots of things) to enjoy on their menu. You can try their award winning food at 58 Route 27 in Raymond. View their menus here and visit their Facebook page for updates!
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