17 January, 2020, 04:10

Copper Rock Craft Eatery now open at DoubleTree on Alvernon (PHOTOS)

With a grand opening to come!

Central Tucson restaurant Copper Rock Craft Eatery announced plans to host their grand opening on January 16, 2020. While the grand opening is a few weeks away, eager diners can dine there now as the restaurant is actually already open.

Located in front of the renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Tucson Reid Park at 445 S. Alvernon Way, the dining room entrance features a 2,950-pound copper rock.

Copper Rock owner Allan Norville and his late wife Alfena Norville purchased the namesake copper rock as lifelong metal and mineral enthusiasts. Copper accents line the restaurant with details such as copper-plated beer taps.

Executive chef Alan Lambert showcases comfort foods with local and southwestern influences.

“I’m so excited to see vibrant new food innovation coming out of the heart of Tucson,” Lambert said.

The Tucson Foodie team swung by during a soft opening as Lambert picked out some of his favorites; here are the highlights.

Copper Rock Craft Eatery Menu Highlights

This titanic plate of Ahi Nachos ($17) features seared sushi-grade ahi with tangy wakame, avocado, sesame slaw, unagi sauce, and Sriracha aioli on crunchy wonton chips.

Ahi Nachos at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Ahi Nachos at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

These thick Portobello Fries ($16) amp up the umami with parmesan, Sriracha aioli, chili flakes, and black truffle.

Portobello Fries at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Portobello Fries at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The bite-sized Southwestern Crab Cakes ($16) are made with quinoa, roasted corn, and poblano. They are served on mixed greens with lime aioli and fried parsley.

Southwestern Crab Cakes at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Southwestern Crab Cakes at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Copper Rock’s Signature Filet Mignon ($32) is served on creamy mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Copper Rock's Signature Filet Mignon at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Copper Rock’s Signature Filet Mignon at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Shrimp-stuffed Flounder ($24) features flounder stuffed with shrimp and Boursin and served on corn and poblano risotto with grilled lemon, calabacitas, and citrus beurre blanc.

Shrimp-stuffed Flounder at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Shrimp-stuffed Flounder at Copper Rock (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The indulgent Sockeye Salmon ($28) is served on roasted corn and poblano risotto with saffron carrot puree, grilled asparagus, crispy leeks, and fennel citrus sauce.

Sockeye Salmon at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sockeye Salmon at Copper Rock (Credit: Jackie Tran)

For dessert, try the classic Vanilla Creme Brulee with Seasonal Berries ($7) or Vanilla Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich with a Chocolate Shell ($7).

Creme Brulee with Seasonal Berries at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Creme Brulee with Seasonal Berries at Copper Rock (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Vanilla Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich with a Chocolate Shell at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Vanilla Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich with a Chocolate Shell at Copper Rock  (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Copper Rock also features a selection of cocktails; of the ones we tasted, the Cucumber-Jalapeño Margarita ($10) was the unanimous favorite.

Cocktails at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Cocktails at Copper Rock (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Off the menu, we also enjoyed some Oaxaca cheese-stuffed shishito peppers and a massive cheeseboard representative of what guests receive in their rooms:

Stuffed Shishito Peppers at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Stuffed Shishito Peppers at Copper Rock (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Cheese plate at Copper Rock Craft Eatery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Cheese plate at Copper Rock (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Check out Copper Rock Craft Eatery at 445 S. Alvernon Way. For more information, visit copperrockcrafteatery.com.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com and his Instagram @jackie_tran_.

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