The short rib tajine that will keep you happy. When its namesake serving vessel is placed before you and the conical lid removed, the dish's meaty aroma is released, revealing a serving dish filled with luscious boneless braised short ribs with hints of ginger and lemon, served with thick, browned slices of potatoes and earthy vegetables. The dish's dreamy, rich broth is perfect for sopping up with bread.

Like the large, brass clock on the patio, service at Timo is reliable, though expediency is of less importance here; servers are more focused on a relaxed, enjoyable experience. In fact, the only swift movements come from the chef manning Timo's oven.

Lamb chops are one of the dishes cooked in the wood-fired oven at Timo, in Sunnyslope.
Jamie Peachey
Lamb chops are one of the dishes cooked in the wood-fired oven at Timo, in Sunnyslope.

Location Info



8801 N. Central Ave., 104
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Category: Restaurant > Brunch

Region: North Phoenix


8801 North Central Avenue
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m Sunday; brunch, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Spanish-style tapas: $4 to $12
Prosciutto, copa, Brie sandwich: $9.75
Bruschetta: 3 for $10.75
Short rib tajine: $22

On a busy night, the best seats in the house are at the bar, where, with wine glass in hand, one can watch an interplay of instruments — tongs, poles, shovels — utilized in a choreography of tempered chaos as this one-man show works wood-fired magic on an array of dishes traveling in and out of the fiery hole, which just that morning slowly baked the bread for the day's consumption.

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I discovered Timo early since I was a big fan of Bomberos. I think Timo is a little better because the menu has more variety and there is a full bar now. The wood fired oven is great, though we'll have to see how hot it gets in there this summer.
My only criticism is about their tiny martinis. They really are mar-tinys. However, that can be forgiven since they allow cigar smoking on the patio.
One caveat, valet parking is never free unless you're a cad who doesn't tip.

James Deer
James Deer

We tried this place out last night based on the article. Wow!!! Wow!!! This place is a hit. It is hidden which is great. We love going to wine bars and I hate to say it but Positno's has some huge competition. This sets a different tone for wine bars. Their menu is creative and you can enjoy full warm meals. The wood oven makes a huge difference. We will be back and Thank you Laura for this article.

Kathy J
Kathy J

I would not have found this place without your article and it was wonderful!!!!! Really love the patio with the firepit and the free valet parking is a bonus. Thanks Laura!