Cafe Bink

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Now Open: Kevin Binkley's New Restaurant Bink's Scottsdale at the Shops at Hilton Village

    The fourth restaurant from James Beard Award-nominated chef Kevin Binkley is now open at the Shops at Hilton Village in Scottsdale. Bink's Scottsdale is a upscale casual restaurant that most closely resembles Bink's Midtown, the restaurant Binkley opened in Central Phoenix earlier this year. Chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    20 Best New Restaurants of 2013

    The good news is that, in 2013, as most of the country was transfixed by the shenanigans of the now-infamous Amy's Baking Company, we eye-rollers in the Valley were being treated to a crop of new restaurants more focused on well-prepared food than overcooked reality. From big-name chefs and restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    James Beard Award Finalist Kevin Binkley Opening Bink's Scottsdale in December

    Just nine months after he opened Bink's Midtown, his top-notch bistro in Central Phoenix, James Beard Award finalist Kevin Binkley is planning on opening a new restaurant, aptly named Bink's Scottsdale, in late December. The fourth restaurant from the venerable chef who, along with his wife, Amy B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    7 Best Happy Hours in Metro Phoenix

    Not all happy hours are created equal. In this year's Best of Phoenix® issue, we scoured the Valley to find the best places to grab a drink and a bite after a long day. Here's a look at the seven best places to enjoy happy hour in Metro Phoenix.

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Top 5 Things to Eat This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    This weekend is a big one for the Valley's Oktoberfest scene. You'll have your pick between the three-day fest at Tempe Town Lake and a two-day event up at Salt River Fields. And don't worry, if lederhosen and bier aren't really your scene, there are plenty of other things to put in your mouth this ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 29, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    The 5 Best Restaurants of the Year (So Far) in Greater Phoenix

    What do the stars of this year's Valley dining scene look like so far? Like many across the country still adapting to the effects of the recession (so long, fine dining) and reacting to a culture more informed about food than ever (11 seasons of Top Chef and counting), they're cooking street snacks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2013

    11 Metro Phoenix Couples We'd Rather Watch Run a Restaurant Than Amy and Samy

    The horror of -- and fascination with -- the Amy and Samy Show may have been seeing people's obvious dysfunction laid bare. That's why we love reality TV. It lets us feel superior. And boy did we ever, watching that train wreck. Here were two people who seemed to love each other but obviously had no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Has Service in Restaurants Become Too Casual?

    Is the level of service at restaurants on the decline? Restaurant critic Alan Richman seems to think so and has accused several NYC restaurants of going too far out on the casual dining limb by providing careless service. See also: - Should the Food Industry Separate the Accomplishments of Female ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: - Food Truck Caravan Rolls into Downtown Scottsdale Starting This Saturday Night - Drive-Thru Tacos and Tapas Come to Peoria (By Way of Las Vegas) Schnepf Farms Peach Festival ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Should the Food Industry Separate the Accomplishments of Female Chefs Because They're Women?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail month, following the announcement of this year's 50 Best Female Chefs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Bink's Cafe and Bink's Midtown Host New All-You-Can-Eat Pig Roast Every Saturday and Sunday

    Although the phrase "all you can eat" doesn't necessarily come to mind when referring to the cuisine of (Stiffed!) James Beard Award-nominated chef Kevin Binkley, it's good to know when considering the new Pig on the Patio event going on every weekend at two of his three restaurants: Cafe Bink and B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Kevin Binkley Stiffed (Again) at the 2013 James Beard Awards

    Tonight, the James Beard Foundation Awards, also known as the Oscars of the culinary world, announced this year's winners at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. See also: - Vincent Guerithault on Wolfgang Puck and Kevin Binkley - Bink's Mid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    10 Best Spots for Fries in Metro Phoenix

    Anyone who thinks of French fries as just a side order clearly isn't going to the right places. But don't worry, our love of fries compelled us to put together a list of all the best places to have a gourmet fry experience. We went outside the box on this one -- meaning sauces and toppings are encou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Bink's Midtown Is a Must (Especially When It Comes to Veggies)

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    4 Phoenix-Area Chefs to Watch and What Their Big-Name Bosses Say About Them

    If you're any kind of food geek at all, you're already familiar -- by fork and good press -- with local celebrity chefs such as Chrysa Robertson, Chris Bianco, Kevin Binkley, Greg LaPrad and Charleen Badman. But what you're far less likely to know are the names and faces of the behind-the-scenes che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Kevin Binkley to Open Bink's Midtown in Phoenix on Wednesday

    No, it isn't your St. Patrick's Day hangover messin' with your head: Bink's Midtown, the restaurant from James Beard Award-nominated chef Kevin Binkley, will open this week in the former Sophie's Bistro space on Osborn. See also: -2013 James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced: 4 Arizona Candidate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Kevin Binkley Gets Closer to Opening New Spot in Central Phoenix

    Permits, permits, permits. They're the bane of every restaurateur's existence in the pre-opening phase of a new restaurant. But Kevin Binkley -- who opened Binkley's Restaurant in 2004 and Café Bink in 2008 -- is taking it all in stride, sprucing up the former Sophie's Bistro space on Osborn in pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    8 Best Neighborhood Happy Hours: Best of Phoenix 2012

    We've spent the last year in the laboratory putting Phoenix under the microscope to reveal hundreds of specimens of the best culture, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, and nightlife the city has to offer. And we're finally ready to publish our results. Nerd alert! Now presenting Scientific Phoen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Whole-Roasted Pigs Cooked in La Caja China: Saturdays at Café Bink, Sundays at The Mission

    You may be completely over bacon (it's certainly fashionable to say so), but if you're any kind of pork-lover at all, it's pretty hard not to get excited about whole roasted pig. With its crispy skin and falling-apart meat -- ultra-flavorful for being cooked on the bone with all the fat -- it's fabu ... More >>