Astor House in CenPho Reinventing Itself as a BBQ Joint (And We've Got the Menu)

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Since it closed temporarily two weeks ago, Astor House, the charming, small plate spot from DJ Fernandes (Tuck Shop, Vovomeena) that opened last spring, has been going through a transformation -- of the 'cue kind.

Featuring smoked meats done in a barbecue style Fernandes refers to as "Coronado Cue," the re-imagined Astor House -- now called Astor House: Coronado 'Cue & Southern Speakeasy -- will open its doors to guests at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 17.

Here's what barbecue fans can expect.

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Astor House will offer smoked beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and two types of sausages from Schreiner's in a deli-style format (guests choose the cut and quantity) along with a signature sauce. The 'cue will be served wrapped in butcher paper, along with a housemade pickle.

There are also two sizes of barbecue sandwiches and sides, such as jalapeño cornbread, chimichurri potato salad, collard greens, house slaw, and sweet chili beans con carne.

On the "Southern Speakeasy" side, guests will be able to wash down the barbecue bites with craft beer, a glass of New World wine, Southern-inspired libations, or a concoction of their own made from a mix-and-match cocktail list that starts with a base spirit then combines mixtures like housemade ginger ale and lemonade.

Although its food offerings may have been gone through an overhaul, Astor House will maintain its smart, mid-century looks. Guests of the charming little bungalow can take a seat indoors or on its private patio, complete with a 1960s vending machine dispensing canned suds in exchange for tokens.

Astor House
2243 North 12th Street
602-687-9775

Opening Hours
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
(A different food truck is featured each Thursday)

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Astor House: Coronado 'Cue & Southern Speakeasy

2243 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ

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14 comments
lemelbelle
lemelbelle

I realize it's now a BBQ spot.........but maybe one veggie sandwich on the menu?!  I'll be around for a beverage and some sides in the meantime. ;)

bmcphx
bmcphx

Sounds good but where is it? I have never heard of this "cenpho" place.

Jennifer Potapa
Jennifer Potapa

And a speakeasy that closes at 2pm and 9pm? We need a late nigh bar that isn't sketchy around here! Too bad.

Jennifer Potapa
Jennifer Potapa

Cue and speakeasy makes me think pool tables. Got exited :(. BBQ is cool too. But Coronado could use a good area to linger and play pool!

Biannca Dominguez
Biannca Dominguez

Ben Grissom, BBQ within walking distance to the house. You excited?

Chrissy Plante
Chrissy Plante

If the ribs are the same as they are on Vovo's special at Tuck Shop, this will be AWESOME!

john2008
john2008

@Concerned_Food_Fan With 4 months in planning, research (eating at every BBQ place in a 20 mile radius)  and test smokes.  As well as a combined 50+ years encompassing everything from offset smoke to whole hog experience this is anything but desperate. Our sole intent is to offer the best BBQ in town.

dwntwnphxfan
dwntwnphxfan

@bmcphx cenpho=nickname for central phoenix. astor house is located in the coronado historic neighborhood just north of downtown phoenix (address is listed above). astor house is a great little place in the middle of the neighborhood, right next door to tuck shop, also owned by DJ Fernandes and an excellent restaurant.

bmcphx
bmcphx

@dwntwnphxfan @bmcphx  over your head, huh? I live a couple of blocks away, I'm well aware of the location and have been in Astor House countless times.

I was simply referencing the idiotic sounding, made up mixture of the words central phoenix. It sounds fucking stupid.

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