Binkley's Restaurant in Cave Creek is one of this area's hottest culinary tickets, and it's no wonder -- chef-owner Kevin Binkley crafts his ever-evolving menu with obsessively sourced top ingredients, graces customers with a flurry of exquisite amuses-bouches between courses, and oversees a doting, well-trained staff.
Indeed, Binkley's is the height of Arizona's destination dining -- the James Beard Foundation recognized as much recently, when it announced that chef Binkley is a nominee for the 2008 Best Chef: Southwest award -- but now hungry devotees can get a bite of Binkley's cooking in a more casual, affordable environment: Cafe Bink, which just opened last night.
With the exception of a fois gras terrine with brioche, orange marmalade, and watercress, which will run you $24, everything else on the menu is under $20. Highlights include housemade corned beef with braised cabbage, apple, carrot, and whole grain mustard sauce, and quiche with bacon, blue cheese, and spinach.
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For now, the restaurant, located at 36899 N. Tom Darlington Drive in Carefree, opens at 5 p.m. daily for dinner (closed Mondays); lunch service is expected to begin the first week in March. Reservations are currently unavailable; call 480-488-9796 for more information.