Tuckerbox (White River Junction, VT)

(Update: Tuckerbox has had a long and interesting history, starting as a coffee-only place, then serving food (the incarnation described here), and then getting sold to Turkish owners who revamped it into a Turkish restaurant, although they kept the famous BLT on the menu. I really need to re-review them)

You know something’s going on when you get several recommendations for not just a place, but a particular menu item, all in a short period. It usually means something’s going pretty well indeed.

In this case, in the last week, two different people both recommended Tuckerbox in White River Junction. And, more specifically, they both recommended the BLT, since it was the “Best BLT Ever!”.

The Tuckerbox, for those that don’t know of it, inhabits one of those restaurant spaces that I consider mildly cursed, since, in my 7 years of living here, it’s the third restaurant that has inhabited the space (the first two were Karibu Tule, an oustanding African place; and Como Va, an Italian place). It has been reinvented yet again, this time as a coffee and sandwich shop. The coffee drinks are already well respected around the area (indeed, it’s one of those places that will still serve you drinks in actual cups and glassware), and I’ve heard several good rumors about the salads and sandwiches. So, Carol and I decided that today we’d go to Tuckerbox and try the BLTs.


I’ll have to admit, this was one fine BLT, with everything really working for it. The bacon was extra thick cut and perfectly cooked (tender in the middle, crunchy at the edges, no burnt bits). The tomato was fresh and not soggy. The lettuce nicely leafed. The mayonnaise not overly thick. And the bread well buttered and toasted.

Best in the UV? Probably.

Best ever? Hard to say, but it’s a contender. I have yet to find a better one. (2013 Update: Tuckerbox still reigns supreme)

So yes, it’s worth trying out Tuckerbox. And I’m definitely going to go back and try some of their other offerings, such as the Chicken and Pesto sandwich.

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