as new residents in arizona we were excited for our first foray into the fine dining scene!  binkley’s was our first choice, a contemporary french influenced american restaurant in cave creek, a small city north of scottsdale.  chef kevin binkley has quite an impressive resume: an alumni of the french laundry and has been nominated for the james beard best chef of the southwest every year since 2005.


crostini with goose liver mousse, apricot jam, pickled cornichonP1020958

honeydew soup with vanilla bean oilP1020961

grape with house made goat milk ricottaP1020976

mini sloppy joe, potato crisp and puree, caper berryP1020979

chicken and waffles: buttermilk waffle, chicken mayo with maple syrup, puffed chicken skinP1020991



steak tartare: preserved lemon, brandy gelee, frisee, white anchovy, pickled onion, crouton, whole grain mustardP1020996


prosciutto & melon salad: butter lettuce, vanilla hazelnuts, champagne grapes, verjus vinaigretteP1030007

flash frozen three varieties of heirloom tomato, mozzarella cheese, olive oilP1030010

crispy seared foie gras: kabocha squash johnny cake, hominy, fennel, arugula, huckleberriesP1030021

softshell crab: peach & green papaya salad, red onion marmalade, crispy mustard greensP1030028

blueberry bomb: blueberry juice sphere, lime honeyP1030034

2011 faust, an excellent recommendation by our wonderful sommelier joshuaP1030035


tuna: pepper roasted figs, sugar snap peas, roasted boiler onion, sorrelP1030043


polenta crusted swordfish: apricots, marcona almonds, seabeans, polenta pasta, balsamic glazeP1030052

lemongrass infused sodaP1030058

mangalista pork loin: snow peas, baby turnips, butternut squash, pluotP1030067

herb crusted ribeye: curry poached lobster mushrooms, slow roasted shallot, summer squash, herb coulisP1030073

wonderful selection of cheeses both international and local varietiesP1030103

black truffle cheese fondue: emmentaler, gouda, gruyereP1030106

celery, purple potatoes, popcorn, dried berries, toasted brioche, apricotsP1030109


personal cheese plate, standout favorite was the l’explorateur (on the spoon)P1030115

after meal digestif tea, hibiscus, meyer lemon, mint, siphon brewed tablesideP1030127

root beer lollipopsP1030130

dark chocolate pot de creme, peanut butter crumbleP1030136

pineapple consume, ginger caviarP1030137

frozen passion fruit vaporP1030150


crushed flash frozen fruit: peaches, apricots, blackberries, plum, cornbread, pink pepper marshmallow, mintP1030161



smoked salted caramel couscous puddin’: huckleberries, raspberries, micro shiso, black pepper-cashew crumbleP1030175

mini cherry piesP1030176

we had a great meal and wonderful experience at binkley’s! the dishes were inventive and delicious, service was excellent, and the restaurant had a friendly ambiance.  a must try for anyone visiting arizona and certainly a restaurant we will be returning to.




binkley’s restaurant
6920 east cave creek rd
cave creek, az

+1 480 437 1072


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