Nook is a modern upscale brunch destination in downtown Tucson. Nook is a decent enough choice to enjoy a tasty breakfast in a nice setting, although there are far better choices in the area. As a plus, Nook uses local ingredients and offers a number of eclectic entrees.
Nook serves brunch and dinner, although brunch is definitely the hot time to visit.
Nook offers a small yet interesting mix of traditional and modern fare. A few of the more interesting selections include Breakfast Fried Rice, Breakfast Tamale Pie, and the shakshuka Benedict, which consists of crispy chickpea cakes topped with poached eggs, sliced tomatoes, spinach, and hollandaise.
If you are in the mood for something sweet, their chocolate chip and cinnamon roll pancakes are very popular.
We chose to try out a more basic entree - the Breakfast Nook plate. This dish includes 2 eggs, bacon, and smashed hash or griddlecakes. No complaints here - everything was fresh and perfectly cooked. The pancakes were delicious too.
The best part about dining at Nook is that they serve Exo Roast coffee, which is by far the best roaster in the Tucson area. Be sure to treat yourself to a cup!
Service is friendly enough although the wait can be very long on weekends. The food takes forever too! Arrive early or be prepared to wait.
The ambiance inside is a bit noisy and cramped, however, there is some nice local artwork and they do have a nice little outdoor patio. During the milder fall and winter seasons, Nook is one of many places around town with a great patio to take advantage of the amazing weather.
The food, service, and ambiance are all on par at Nook, however, there are so many great breakfast restaurants in the area that it pales in comparison to others. If you are going to be in town for a bit, then you may want to add Nook to your lineup of Tucson breakfast restaurants to try.