It’s really cozy and industrial inside The Dutch Eatery and Refuge. What’s that? You say the two things don’t go together. You’re wrong.
Arriving about 30 minutes early, I was greeted by a positively fun young woman and shown to our table. Although the website states you’ll need your entire party to be present before seating, it wasn’t crowded at opening and our table for 10 was pre-set in the center of the restaurant. The tables are rustic and the chairs are solid and hard to slide in and out, which I’m guessing would be perfect if you had little ones along for your meal.
The menu is a perfect mix of specials, sandwiches and breakfast – but it’s not overwhelming. Which is good considering the kitchen appears to be just what you see at the end of the above picture.
Just behind the kitchen is a pot-washing spot and down the hall a bit you’ll find the restrooms. There were stairs leading up above the large refrigerated room (for their extensive craft beers) but since it included a steel, spiral stairway my guess is that there is no food coming down from there.
I opted for Uitmijiter, aka the Dutch Breakfast and although I also wanted the Poffertjes (Dutch Pancakes which sounded a great deal like Swedish pancakes – a family favorite) and the Patat Oorlog (war fries) — why are they war fries? Would you go to war for the fries?
I was very happy with my selection. The eggs were over medium piled on top of thinly sliced ham and multigrain bread. (My bread didn’t seem toasted, which was okay with me, but if you prefer toast, you might want to specify that.) All this was topped with seriously fresh tomatoes (where do they get them?!) and melted cheese. I managed to eat a third of the meal and brought the rest home. (by the way, the leftovers were awesome warmed up on the grill on a sheet of aluminum foil).
Here are just a couple of other meals ordered by my table- mates.
On the left, the Breakfast Flatbread with salmon, avocado and herbed cheese, and on the right the Cubano Sandwich loaded with pork, ham gruyere and pickles.
All the portions were oversized and every person in our group was happy with their selection.
Having only eaten a third of my meal I had plenty of room for dessert. Which was a problem because once again I wanted one of everything. I opted for the Authentic Stroopwafels which came with a side of ice cream. They were warm from the … what does one make a stroopwafel in? A stroopwafel maker? Anyway they were warm, appropriately gooey in the center and the powdered sugar was literally melting into the waffle grooves. Others at the table ordered the Caramelized French Toast Ice Cream sandwich. (OMG! so good) and The Dutch Apple Pie, complete with a shortbread like crust and raisins. I did have a taste of each and I can assure you that any one of those options is the right choice. (Yes, that’s a piece of caramelized french toast on top of my stroopwafel).
Top off the meal with the fact that the service was stellar, the decor was delightful and Turner Classic Movies was playing North by Northwest on the bar TV and I can assure you I’m looking forward to another trip to The Dutch Tucson!
The Dutch Tucson is located in Main Gate Square 943 E. University Blvd. (right by the streetcar stop and across from the UofA campus)
Check out the seasonal menu on their website.
Open M-F 10 am til and Saturday and Sunday from 8am until late.
Parking can be a bit iffy in the area – there are meters nearby and the restaurant validates the Tyndall parking lot after 5pm.