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

Categories: First Taste

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Photos by Laura Hahnefeld
Roasted cauliflower with dried currants, almonds, and yellow curry
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 items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

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Restaurant: Bink's Midtown
Location: 2320 East Osborn Road
Open: Two weeks
Eats: New American
Price: $31 to $60 per person

To understand Bink's Midtown, the new restaurant owned by James Beard Award-nominated chef Kevin Binkley, you should consider the vegetables.

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Served cold, served hot, in salads, in soups, and always with Binkley's expert touch, locally sourced and in-season veggies are what set Bink's Midtown apart from the chef's other two restaurants: the upscale Binkley's Restaurant in Cave Creek and the more contemporary-minded Cafe Bink in Carefree.

You could almost make a meal out of the vegetables at Bink's Midtown. But then, how would you enjoy the barbecued octopus?

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Baby beets with jalapeño, cilantro, cashews, wild rice, and hibiscus-lime dressing.
Bink's nearly 20 vegetable dishes have their own menu, which, when you consider just how good two of them are, may have you planning your round-two picks after the first bite. There's also a listing of wines that could stand more glass and/or carafe options and very good specialty cocktails like the Farmer's Market -- a refreshing mix of margarita tequila, cucumber, cilantro, and jalapeño.

An artful arrangement of baby beets, jalapeños, cashews, wild rice, and cilantro in a hibiscus lime dressing ($8) makes for a lively dish with a delicate crunch. And you couldn't be blamed for thinking that the heady roasted cauliflower with sweet dried currants, almonds, and yellow curry heaped into an iron skillet ($6) may be the only way you'll ever eat it again.

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BBQ Octopus

A listing of eclectic appetizers is nearly as difficult to select from as the veggie menu, but you could do worse than the barbecued octopus ($12). Expertly prepared, the moist and slightly sweet meat in a delicate barbecue sauce comes nestled in a bowl with black-eyed peas, onion, and bacon for something akin to a Western cookout by way of the ocean.

Location Info

Bink's Midtown

2320 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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wherewasi
wherewasi topcommenter

We went there for lunch yesterday.  It was fantastic.  Our table of 4 ordered the brocolli and cheddar cheese, the grilled asparagus, bone marrow, bread, which turned out to be buckwheat muffins with apple butter, the bacon cheeseeburger, the chicken sandwich, the san dabs po boy, each with the small side salad, and one entre salad.  There wasn't a crumb left when we were done.  Two of my companions had the donuts with caramel sauce for dessert.  I took a little taste of the sauce - best ever!

stempkowsk
stempkowsk

Best chef ever in this town, period.

Luka Bleu
Luka Bleu

I drive by this place everday on my way to work.. good to see the review... Now I must stop...

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