In 2004 our owner and founder left his day job traveling throughout Latin America wiring up the continent for the coming Internet revolution to share his passion of entertaining and discovering new foods and beverages. Not just any food or beverage or dining experience, but the ones that rocked his world from his travels and visits to his grandmother in Puerto Rico, who prepared some of the best Puerto Rican food on the planet. Visits to grandmother's home and the quick, spontaneous stops to eat or drink a street vendor's offerings in Puerto Rico, Portugal, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, and Chile stand out as some of the most delicious things he's ever tried and are the inspiration and tribute that Tucos represents and brings to the Davis community.
About our food program- if you think of food as art, you can start comparing the food at some places maybe to mass produced printed posters, others might be more of a creative, colorful, abstract Picasso, or a lovely, romantic Monet. Ours is more of a work from Norman Rockwell or maybe even Jimmy Buffet- folksy, tradition-filled, heart-warming, family and friend-centric, unpretentious and often with a creative twist. Just as in any art, our food is not for everyone, but for those who get it, it's very special and hard to find.
About our name- contrary to popular belief, our owner's name is not Tuco. The name comes from a mispronunciation of the word "suco" which is juice in Portuguese. Our owner's daughter, who speaks Portuguese, had trouble pronouncing her "s" when she was little and would say "tuco" instead of 'suco" when she asked for juice. But feel free to call our owner Tuco... He's use to it.
Looking carefully at what made our owner's food experiences so memorable we've cultivated what we consider the most important elements and these have been a part of our DNA since day one!
Everything made from scratch (Just about everything)
We do things like our owner's grandmother did- we spend all day in the kitchen preparing and cooking everything from scratch using tasty, fresh, healthful ingredients that are often local and organically produced- Our breads, our sauces, our dressings, most of our pastas, as well as all of our desserts. No purchasing of ready made food that is simply reheated and plated here- Ever!
Carefully Selected Ingredients
Our owner still personally selects every single ingredient we use. It's a bit of an obsession. He refuses to place a bulk order with a food distributor and have a large truck roll up and drop off the order. Our belief is that not all things are created equally and that the best things often require extra effort and extra cost... but well worth it. These ingredients are what help make our food so tasty!
Casual, Different, Fun!!
Why is our menu so different? Why is our place so different from most other places? Because that's how we roll. Tucos is an extension of us. It's how we like to relax and enjoy ourselves. We want to offer a good "home-cooked meal" in a casual, fun place just like the times and places that left such a strong, warm impression on our owner. The place is casual and informal just like the special places that our owner loves to frequent. No need to behave and put on your best manners here. Just let your hair down, laugh a lot, enjoy a fun, delicious beverage, and some memorable, yummy "home-cooked" food, and relaxxxxxxx... That's what makes it worth all the effort for us- seeing you relax and really enjoy yourself.
BACON-WRAPPED DATES $9
One of Our Most Popular Starters. Three California-Grown Medjool Dates Wrapped in Our Favorite Bacon and Filled with Fresh Goat Cheese and Sliced Apple.
HERBED GOAT CHEESE CROSTINIS $8
Six Slices of Our House-Made Ciabatta Toasted in Garlic Butter and Topped with Fresh Goat Cheese, Sweet Onion, and Fresh Herbs
HOUSE-MADE HUMMUS & PITA BREAD $8
House-Made Hummus Made From House-Cooked Garbanzo Beans (never canned beans) Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice, and Our favorite Olive Oil and Freshly Grilled Pita Bread.
SMOKED WILD SALMON SPREAD $9
A Pacific Version of a South Florida Classic Fish Spread. Hot Smoked Wild Salmon, Cream Cheese, Sweet Onion, and Fresh Herbs. Served With Slices of Our House-Made Ciabatta Loaf
SLIDERS $3 each
Your Choice of Slider Served on Our House-Made Hawaiian Bun.
Sweet & Sour Pulled Pork,
Garlicky Lamb Meatballs,
Grass-Fed Beef Cheese Burger
SHRIMP & AVOCADO COCKTAIL $15
A Generous Serving of Baby Shrimp, Avocado, Freshly Chopped Tomato, Sweet Onion, Jalapeno Pepper, and Cilantro in Our House Cocktail Sauce. Served with Garlic Toast.
LAMB MEATBALLS $12
Five Ground Lamb, Garlic, Parsley & Rosemary Meatballs in a Tangy, Garlicky, Cuban Mojo Sauce. Something Hemingway or Bogart Might Have Nibbled on...
Served with Our House-Baked Ciabatta, & Olive Oil
$5.50 per oz
Turn Our Cheese Plate Into an Instant Party with These Add Ons!!
SLICED CURED MEATS $7
(Jamon Serrano, Hot Coppa, Salami Nostrano)
HOUSE-ROASTED ALMONDS & GOLDEN RAISINS $4
HOUSE-MARINATED OLIVES $5
HOUSE-PICKLED VEGGIES $3
HOUSE-MADE PRESERVES $2
FROMAGER D'AFFINOIS Double Cream, Brie-Style Cheese. Our Most Popular Cheese. Smooth, Creamy, Balanced. France.
BLUE D'AUVERGNE Not all Blues are Created Equal. This Blue is Creamy and Mild but not Too Mild. Unpasteurized. France.
TRUFFLE GOUDA Black Truffle & Gouda.. Very Popular. Holland.
AGED GOUDA Salty, Hard, Crumbly. Holland.
SHEEP GOUDA Rich and Almost Sweet Flavored. Medium Texture. Not Too Sheepy. Holland.
MANCHEGO (3 Month) Mild and Subtle with Just the Right Texture. Spain. Unpasteurized.
TALLEGIO Washed Rind (Stinky) Meaty, Salty and Delicious. Italy.
CHEDDAR (8 yr.) Proud and Full Flavored. Salty and Balanced. American Style Cheddar. Wisconsin.
BASQUE-STYLE SHEEP Wonderful Medium Texture and Sublime Rustic Flavors and Saltiness. California.
Soups & Salads
Add Grilled Sirlon Steak, Grilled Chicken Breast, or Jumbo Shrimp To Any Salad ($7 extra)
SPLIT PEA-BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP $7
House Cooked Split Peas (Never Canned) with Chunks of Potatoes and Butternut Squash and Topped with Bacon Pieces. Perfect for the Cold and Rainy Season
FRENCH ONION SOUP $7
Lots & Lots of Sauteed Onions in Butter Until They're Sweet & Caramelized, Onion Broth, White Wine, Port Wine, Topped with a Slice of Our House-Made Ciabatta and Swiss Cheese
FARMER'S MARKET GREEN SALAD $8
Fresh Organic Mixed Greens with Slices of fresh Seasonal Fruit, House-Roasted Local Marcona Almonds, Golden Raisins, Citrus Dressing. Served with an Herbed Goat Cheese Crostini.
GREEK SALAD $10
Crisp Romaine Lettuce, Crumbled Sheep Feta, Kalamata Olives, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Sweet Onion, Greek Vinaigrette
CAESAR SALAD $10
Crisp Romaine Lettuce, Wonderfully Salty Anchovy Fillets (optional). Fresh Made Garlic Bread
NICOISE SALAD $14
Fresh Organic Mixed Greens , Imported Tuna in Portuguese Olive oil, Hard Cooked Farm Fresh Egg, Nicoise Olives, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Sweet Onion, Parsley, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables, Black Olive Dressing
Sliced All Natural Pepperoni, Tomato Sauce, Melted Mozzarella & Jack Cheese
PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM $14
Sliced Portobello Mushrooms , Tomato Sauce, Melted Mozzarella & Jack Cheese
CHICKEN, BLEU CHEESE & BACON $14
Grilled Chicken Breast, Crumbled Oregon Blue Cheese, Heritage Bacon, Tomato Sauce, Melted Mozzarella & Jack Cheese
Garlic & Olive Oil Brushed Crust, Melted Fresh Mozzarrella, Topped with Slices of Fresh Tomato, Basil, and Drizzled with Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar
GRASS-FED BEEF STEAK $16
Garlic & Olive Oil Brushed Crust, Melted Fresh Mozzarrella, Topped with Fresh Organic Mixed Greens, Fresh Tomato, Sweet Onion, Citrus Dressing and Slices of Grilled Gress-Fed Sirloin Steak (quarter pound)
Garlic & Olive Oil Brushed Crust, House-Made Humus, Fresh Organic Mixed Greens, Fresh Tomato, Cucumber, Sweet Onion, Citrus Dressing
SPAGHETTI & GRASS-FED MEATBALLS $15
Our Grass-Fed Beef Meatballs and Our Sorta Spicy Tomato Sauce Top a Platter full of Spaghetti. Comes with Fresh Garlic Bread
FETTUCCINI ALFREDO $12
A Platter Full of Our House-Made Fettuccine Pasta with a Simply Delicious Traditional Alfredo Sauce- Butter, Parmesan Cheese, and Cream.
(add Chicken Breast, Shrimp, or Steak $7 Extra)
FOUR-CHEESE RAVIOLIS $15
Three Large House-Made Cheese Raviolis Served with Wilted Spinach & Portobello Mushrooms in Our Sorta Spicy Tomato Sauce
WHITE SAUCE VEGETARIAN LASAGNA $15
This is a Creative Twist on a Traditional Portuguese Dish (Bacalao Molho Branco). Fresh House-Made Pasta Layered with Bechamel Sauce (the white sauce), Sauteed Collard Greens, Caramelized Onions, and Slices of Hard-Cooked Farm Fresh Eggs
GRASS-FEED BEEF STROGANOFF PAPPARDELLE $20
A Plate Full of our House-Made Pappardelle Pasta Topped with Our Creamy, Beefy, Grass-Fed Beef Stroganoff
MAC & CHEESE ROYALE $12
Made with our House Cheese Sauce and our Delicious Heritage Bacon and Topped with a Farm Fresh Poached Egg
Our sandwiches are served on our house-made bread and includes choice of our country potatoes or small green salad
SALAMI-CAPRESE SANDWICH $12
Sliced Fra'Mani Salami, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Basil, Citrus Dressing
SANDWICH CUBANO $12
A Miami Classic. House Roasted Heritage Pork, Sliced Heritage Ham, Imported Swiss Cheese, Pickle, Dijon Mustard
GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH $10
This is a Delicious Grilled Cheese- Our House-Made Sliced Bread Grilled with Our Favorite Clover Butter, Melted Mozzarella & Jack Cheese
GOAT CHEESE & APPLE SANDWICH $10
Sounds Like an Odd Combination? Give it a Try. The Sweet, Crispy, Tart Apple Slices Pop with the Imported Fresh Goat Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Sweet Onion, Citrus Dressing. It's Perfect for Dunking in Our Split Pea Soup!
HUMMUS (VEGAN) SANDWICH $10
House-Made Hummus Made From House-Cooked Garbanzo Beans (never canned beans), Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Sweet Onion, Citrus Dressing
Our Burgers are served on our house-made Hawaiian buns and includes choice of our country potatoes or small green salad and your choice of beef patty- Tucos-Seasoned or Plain.
Seasoned or Plain Third of a Pound Grass-Fed Beef Patty with All the Fixings
BACON-CHEESE BURGER $14
Seasoned or Plain Third of a Pound Grass-Fed Beef Patty, Heritage Bacon, Choice of Melted Imported Swiss Cheese or Oregon Medium Cheddar.
JALAPENO MELT BURGER $14
Seasoned or Plain Third of a Pound Grass-Fed Beef Patty, Roasted Jalapeno, Melted Mozzarella & Jack Cheese
TUCOS BURGER $14
Seasoned or Plain Third of a Pound Grass-Fed Beef Patty, Fried Egg, Avocado, Melted Mozzarella & Jack Cheese
BRAZILIAN CHEESE BREAD (PAO DE QUEIJO) $4
Baked Cheese Breads made with Sour Mandioc Starch. The Owner Use to Gorge on these on His Trips to Brazil. Choose Plain, Garlic, Bacon, or Black Truffle. Four Bite-Sized Rolls per Order.
AREPAS $4 each
Think of Arepas as Venezuela's Version of a Mexican Corn Tortilla. Only these are made from White Corn Polenta and are Smaller and Much Thicker and They are Cut Open and Filled with Just About Anything. They are Pretty Much On Every Venezuelan's Dinner Table. They're Delicious and Glutten-Free.
Braised Grass-Fed Beef
Shrimp & Fresh Mozzarella
Breakfast Eggs & Cheese
CACHAPAS $3 each
These Sweet Corn Griddle Cakes are Another Delicious Venezuelan Creation. They are a Very Popular Food in Venezuela on Sundays After Church and After a Late Night of Partying. Sweet and Savory and Almost Hedonistic with the Melted Cheese.
EMPANADAS $3 each
Empanadas are an Extremely Popular Turn-Over in Latin America. The Fillings, Pastry and Cooking Methods All Differ by Region and Family. Ours are Argentinean in Style and are Delicious.
Braised Grass-Fed Beef
Spinach & Egg
Pasilla Chile & Cheese
SWEET CORN TAMALES $15
Our Tamales are made in House, By Hand, Just Like You'd See at Home in Mexico During the Holidays. Ours are Little Sweet, Buttery and Delicious. Served with California Medium Grained Rice and House-Cooked Black Beans (Never Canned Beans)
Chicken Breast with Mole Sauce,
Braised Beef with Cream Sauce,
Pasilla Chile & Cheese with Tomatillo Sauce,
Wild Mushroom with Mushroom Butter Sauce
House-Made with Corn Tortillas Filled with Melted Mozzarella & Jack Your Choice with One of Our House-Made Sauces. Served with California Medium Grained Rice and House-Cooked Black Beans (Never Canned Beans)
Chicken Breast in Mole Sauce,
Braised Beef in Cream Sauce
Three Corn Tortillas with Choice of Filling. Served with California Medium Grained Rice and House-Cooked Black Beans (Never Canned Beans)
Free-Range Chicken Breast, Collard Greens, and Bacon,
Cracker Crusted Fried Fish & Cabbage,
CHILE RELLENO $17
Two Roasted (not fried) Pasilla Peppers with Choice of Filling and Topped with Melted Mozzarella & Jack Cheese, House-Made Sour Cream, and Slices of Avocado. Served with California Medium Grained Rice and House-Cooked Black Beans (Never Canned Beans)
Shrimp (add $2)
SWEET POTATO NACHOS $12
A Tuco's Creation. A Plate of Our House Roasted Sweet Potato Fries Topped with Black Beans, Melted Mozzarella & Jack Cheese, Diced Tomato, Sweet Onion, House-Made Sour Cream, Slices of Avocado, and Diced Jalapeno Pepper
Brazil's National Dish. A Hearty Plate of Stewed Grass-Fed Beef and Pork Sausage and Farofa (Toasted Yucca Meal). Served with California Medium Grained Rice and House-Cooked Black Beans (Never Canned Beans) and Pan Fried Collard Greens.
HOUSE MADE POT PIE $19
Made with our Delicious House Pastry Dough and Your Choice of Filling. Served with Your Choice of One of Our Side Dishes.
Free-Range Chicken Breast & Portobello Mushroom
Spinach, Hard Cooked Egg & Fresh Goat Cheese
TUCOS PARMESAN $19
Made with our House-Made Roma Tomato Sauce and Your Choice of Entree. Served with Your Choice of One of Our Side Dishes.
Free-Range Chicken Breast
SHRIMP & SAUSAGE GUMBO $17
Our Owner Loves All Things Louisiana... The Food. The Music. And Yes, That Hit Show From A&E, Duck Dynasty. Our Version is Not Too Spicy and is Served Over a Bed of Rice and Lentils.
GRASS-FED BEEF POT ROAST $19
Ours is A Portuguese Recipe. We Braise Grass-Fed Beef Almost All Day in Red Wine Until It's Almost Falling Apart Tender. Delicious. Served with Choice of two Side Dishes.
ALL SIDES $5
Sweet Corn Polenta - Roasted Veggies - Rice & Beans - Collards & Bacon Mac & Cheese - Green Salad - Spaghetti - Country Potatoes - Glazed Sweet Potatoes - Potato Gratin
ALL DESSERTS $7
PEACH TRES LECHES CAKE
This is a Popular Dessert in Latin America. House-Made Yellow Cake Soaked in Evaporated Milk and Condensed Milk and Topped with Whipped Cream (Thus the Tres Leches) and Strawberry Compote
FLOURLESS CARROT CAKE ROLL
We Bake a Delicate But Flavorful Carrot Cake Using Freshly Ground Walnut Flour and All The Traditional Carrot Cake Fixings and Rolled in Our Yummy Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting.
FRESHLY BAKED GERMAN CHOCOLATE DEEP DISH COOKIE
This is a Shameless (and Delicious) Reproduction of Something You Might Have Seen at Another Restaurant Chain. We Love it so We Created One Too! Served with Our House-Made Vanilla Ice Cream.
Straight Forward and Delicious. Our Favorite Heavy Cream from Clover Stornetta, Local Farm Fresh Eggs, Fair Trade Vanilla, and Sugar. Baked in a Water Bath and then Topped with a Yummy Burnt Sugar Crust. How can Something so Simple Be so Delicious?
Affogato- Drowned in Italian. Our House-Made Vanilla Ice Cream "Drowned" in our Favorite Blue Bottle Espresso (regular or decaf) and Topped with Whipped Cream and Cocoa. It's Basically an Iced Latte on Steroids.