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Cafe Bink

avandelay Feb 11, 2008 07:22 AM

Just saw this Craiglist posting. Hopefully it will be open soon.

Café Bink will be opening in Carefree on Feb. 19th.

Café Bink is a family-owned casual restaurant that will be known for food that really tastes good. It is the “little sister” to Binkley’s Restaurant (ultra fine dining) and will be open for lunch and dinner six days a week.

This is an excellent “ground floor” opportunity for individuals who are willing to work as a team to provide enjoyable dining experiences for our guests.

Openings include:
Food Runner/Busser
Line Cook

Contact Troy at 480.370.3260 or Troy.CafeBink@gmail.com to arrange an interview.

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  1. ccl1111 RE: avandelay Feb 19, 2008 03:20 PM

    It's open! It's open!


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    1. re: ccl1111
      razordogg RE: ccl1111 Feb 20, 2008 02:12 PM

      I couldn't find Cafe Bink website, but if you can read PDFs, you'll find the lunch, dinner and bar menus here:


    2. Tillman RE: avandelay Mar 6, 2008 11:12 AM

      We tried it last week, and were pleased. I had the quiche ($11), which was delicious. Wife had trout almondine ($18), which she liked but thought a bit plain and short of almonds. I liked the bite I tried. Excellent pecan pie for dessert.

      Good food, nice people, pretty place. 36899 N. Tom Darlington Drive (Carefree Court Shopping Center), Carefree. 480-488-9796. Hours: 5 pm. to 9:30 p.m. (but lunch soon) Tuesday through Sunday. Tom Darlington is the north extension of Scottsdale Rd, and the shopping center is on your right, about halfway from Carefree Hiway towards downtown Cave Creek.

      Happy eating--
      Pete Tillman

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        neville nosher RE: Tillman May 3, 2008 05:03 PM

        Nancy and i tried Cafe Bink a few weeks ago and were thoroughly disappointed. We are huge fans of Kevin Binkley and have eaten at Binkleys many times, including twice in April.
        We arrived latish and were seated at the bar. The bartender was very talkative and carried on a conversation with us throughout the meal. We ordered the fries which were excellent, and the mussels which contained several spoiled mussels in each serving. I dont know how this escaped the chef since the odor of a spoiled mussel is hard to miss. As well, the size of the order was very petite, considering the $16 tab for them. (the week before, i had mussels at Methode Bistro, which were portioned much more generously, and the preparation was superior). We returned them to the kitchen and ordered the trout. It was unexceptional and came on a plate adorned with a few pieces of green beans and a few slivers of almonds.

        In situations such as this that i have experienced in the past, the server has often offered a complimentary glass of wine or a desert, but no such redeeming gesture was made here.
        We left with a bad taste in our mouths.

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          hazyaz RE: neville nosher Jun 14, 2008 01:41 PM

          Dan (husband) and a friend went for lunch today. Bottom line, neither will go back. He ordered the posole ($9.00) and got a coffee cup size serving with hardly any hominy and weak on chile flavor. The menu said it came with avocado, it turned out to be about 1/2 tsp of chopped avocado to put in the soup, not enough to even taste. The sandwiches come with either salad or homemade chips which were ok. The French fries were sold separately for an extra $7.00, they were really good. The sandwiches were a big disappointment. The corned beef sandwich was $10.00 and came on a roll. The corned beef serving was so thin it didn't overcome the taste of the roll. Certainly, any good deli or even AJ's would serve a much larger and much tastier sandwich. They brought me back a turkey sandwich that was the same. Under-portioned and over-priced. After reading all the favorable reviews on line we were stunned and disappointed.

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        oryza RE: avandelay Jun 15, 2008 07:54 PM

        bummer... it seems that the consensus is that the food at the Cafe is not living up to the quality Binkley's is known for. It's too bad. I wonder whether there is anyone who had a better experience... it seems all poor marks for this place.

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          emmaAmethyst RE: oryza Jun 16, 2008 12:56 AM

          I've been a number of times, & consistently enjoy it! When I've been there, the food has always been wonderful, never disappointed & never a problem. Now I've only been for dinner, so can't speak for lunch. I've seen service be a little scattered, but I've never had any complaint about the food quality -- that's always been stellar.

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          duck833 RE: avandelay Jun 15, 2008 08:42 PM

          Been there twice, a 10 each time. Went with two other foodies the first time and my daughter and son-in-law the next day for lunch. Service was good both times, food well prepared and a great experience. I would go again except I flew back to Oregon today and probably won't return to AZ until end of September (weather and Pinot Noir is better here during the summer)

          1. ejs1492 RE: avandelay Aug 10, 2008 11:33 AM

            Had a great dinner at Cafe Bink last night. They have changed the menu slightly, and it's now divided into starters and seconds. We had the shrimp crepes, foie gras terrine and smoked salmon to start. All were excellent. For entrees, we had the french dip sandwich, Amy's bolognese, salmon, and corned beef - which we have had before. I had a taste of the bolognese and loved it.

            Also, we ordered some french fries for the table and they were very thick cut but sooooo crispy and delicious, served with three different sauces for dipping.

            It seems like Cafe Bink has made some tweaks and I liked it even better the second time. Looking forward to going back soon, and they were doing a nice business for an August night.

            As always, Amy was hands-on and doing a great job.

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              caeater RE: ejs1492 Aug 11, 2008 09:52 PM

              Does this mean that the Cafe is open in August while the flagship (Binkley's) is closed? I thought the Binkleys closed one place in July and the other in August.

              1. re: caeater
                emmaAmethyst RE: caeater Aug 12, 2008 12:56 AM

                The flagship was closed in July, & I believe an additional week or so sometime in August. The Cafe was indeed open while Kevin & Amy were away. (The kids did fine while mom & dad were away!)

                1. re: emmaAmethyst
                  girlgourmet RE: emmaAmethyst Aug 12, 2008 07:10 AM

                  A recording says Cafe Bink is closed from August 11 through the 25th... call (480) 488-9796 to hear the details.

              2. re: ejs1492
                carefreegourmand RE: ejs1492 Aug 13, 2008 03:33 PM

                I too was at Cafe Bink last week with my husband. This was our second time since they opened, and we noticed improvements to the lighting, the portion sizes and of course the new menu, now with first and second courses. The shrimp crepes were amazing (I had a dream about them), as was the onion tart. My husband had Amy's Bolognese & Polenta which is unparalleled, and we shared the brussels sprouts which were delicious. Amy was making sure everything was perfect. This is a wonderful place to truly enjoy great french bistro food and they serve you just enough.

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                  ejs1492 RE: carefreegourmand Aug 13, 2008 04:05 PM

                  your experience sounds a lot like ours. definitely some positive changes there and Amy is hands-on, as usual. Can't wait for their fall/winter menu...I love brasserie food in the winter

              3. Beach Chick RE: avandelay Aug 13, 2008 04:22 PM

                When we stayed at the Boulder's Resort last year they were doing the TI's to Cafe Bink and we LOVE Binkley's...we didn't get up there this last trip but have heard mixed reviews but hear from friends that it is getting better..with a name like Bink...you are slated for greatness!
                ; )

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