Whether you are a self-proclaimed foodie, or you want to enjoy a phenomenal dining experience the following Arcadia and Camelback Corridor restaurants offer world-class dining.
Beckett’s Table. The owners of Beckett’s Table started the restaurant with a vision of offering “sophisticated comfort food” in an unpretentious atmosphere; world-class restaurant families and sophisticated foodies could enjoy it equally. They have succeeded stupendously! (big word, I know) Beckett’s Table is led by co-owner and chef, Justin Beckett.
Coinciding with its name, the restaurant has a signature, black walnut community table which seats 18 (if you’re not into the community table idea, don’t worry – the rest of the seating options are not community style). Beckett’s is recognized both locally and nationally for its chef-driven menu, extraordinary service, world-class wine list, and for loyally supporting local farmers. I’m always impressed with the many ways Beckett supports the local community, such as the “Feed Your Dreams” contest, “which awarded a prize to the Phoenician with the most innovative idea combining science and food” (quote is from Beckett’s Table website).
Right from the opening, Chef Beckett and Beckett’s Table have continuously won awards and high praise. In 2010, Phoenix Magazine named them “Best New Restaurant,” and Wine Spectator awarded Beckett’s the 2012 Award of Excellence (the list of awards goes on, click here to read more about their awards). The friendly atmosphere makes Beckett’s a great place for foodies to introduce loved ones (of all ages) to an incredible dining experience.
Bink’s Midtown. You may be familiar with Bink’s Café and Binkley’s Restaurant. Don’t expect a duplicate version of the other establishments at the Midtown location – this restaurant stands on its own for outstanding food. While the restaurant is located on the fringes of Camelback Corridor, it can’t (shouldn’t!) be missed so I am sharing it here (you’re welcome).
Bink’s Midtown is the brainchild of chef Kevin Binkley and his wife, Amy. Kevin is a James Beard Award nominee; he and his restaurants have received many (many!) awards. “Binkley says Bink’s Midtown will highlight “what Arizona does best — produce,” mostly small plates.
But “this is not a farm-to-table” operation, points out general manager Amy Binkley, Kevin’s wife. “Kevin manipulates the ingredients.” (quoted from Arizona Republic restaurant critic, Howard Seftel, from an article on 3/14/13). Another thing to love about Bink’s Midtown (in addition to the renowned chef and phenomenal dishes) is the price – Bink’s Midtown is very affordable (under $20 for most menu items).
P.S. I’m not the only one who thinks Bink’s Midtown is awesome – congrats to Bink’s Midtown for being named Best New Restaurant in the October 2013 issue of Phoenix Magazine.
As with Tarbell’s, if you haven’t been to either of the two Arcadia and Camelback Corridor restaurants listed in this blog – go now! Foodies in particular will appreciate the precision, care, and passion that goes into each and every plate by chefs Beckett and Binkley. Whether you’re a regular or first-time visitor to the Camelback Corridor restaurants, let me know how you liked your experience.
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