Conveniently located in the heart of Phoenix, Kevin Binkley’s newest venture is Bink’s Midtown. One of the Valley’s most acclaimed chefs, Binkley is known for his namesake restaurant in Cave Creek, Binkley’s Restaurant, which is consistently named as a No. 1 pick among critics. His midtown establishment has quickly become just as acclaimed and is turning heads and tempting taste buds with his cleverly flavorful soups, salads and sandwiches.
Lunch is about packing in flavor, with delicate to more hearty items. Starters include Deep Fried Baby Back Ribs, Fois Gras and Sweetbread Nuggets, all with delectable sauces that complete the dish. Several local produce items are on the menu with accompaniments that make eating the produce itself (sold hot or cold) an unbelievable experience. Popular for lunch are the sandwiches. The Brisket Sandwich is made with slow-roasted brisket, coleslaw and rye bread spread with brown sugar mustard. Another is the Fried Green Tomatoes Sandwich on focaccia with mixed greens, charred onions, mayo and bacon jam. A not-to-be-missed dish is the Bistro Steak coated with maitake mushrooms, boiler onion and a cucumber chimichurri, served with fries. Those in a hurry may try the Express Lunch, which guarantees a 30-minute experience for just $15 and includes a starter or salad with a sandwich.
Located in the small bungalow that once housed Sophie’s Bistro, Bink’s is quaint and simple with an Old Phoenix appeal. Updated to accentuate the benefits of being in a bungalow, the bar and seating is comfortable and homey, and service is so friendly and uniquely elegant that it’s obvious why Binkley is known for impressing even the most experienced of chefs, critics and patrons. This is a lunch spot that will be famed in no time as a place to go back to frequently.
2320 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix