Dessert First

Mini Chocolate Lava Lamps and More Desserts at Binkley's Restaurant

If you have your ears (or, er, tongues) open in the Phoenix food scene, Binkley's Restaurant needs no introduction. Chef and owner Kevin Binkley has been nominated for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef Southwest for several years in a row, and this year he was named as a finalist. To those who have indulged in his food, that's no surprise. And to those of you who haven't yet made it to Binkley's or the more casual (and cheaper) Café Bink, what are you waiting for?

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With a menu that changes daily, the offerings are always a surprise. And yep, that includes the dessert. There may be no guarantees as to what you'll find, but no matter what, it is guaranteed to be pretty damn good. Chances are you'll also get more than you bargained for with small plates like amuse bouches and pre-desserts. As part of the three-course prix fixe menu offered during Arizona Restaurant Week, there were actually four sweets to taste: mini chocolate lava lamps, miniature cinnamon toast soufflé, red wine poached pear with white chocolate mousse, and a teeny tiny macaron to finish.