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Michelin Star Restaurant Phx

petee330 Aug 5, 2009 01:40 PM

I'm a foodie who is going to be visiting my hometown Phoenix in October. As a bonding experience, my father has agreed to take me to ANY restaurant in the city. I have never been to a Michelin starred restaurant, so since I won't be paying (thank goodness!) I thought this would be my one and only opportunity (at least for now). Are there any three or two Michelin starred restaurants in Phx? If not, what would be the BEST restaurant to go to for an adventurous food lover? Anywhere in the Phoenix area. Thanks!!

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  1. ipsedixit RE: petee330 Aug 5, 2009 01:58 PM

    Michelin doesn't put out a guide for Phoenix (only SF, LA, NYC and Vegas for the U.S.).

    There are very few 2, much less 3, star restaurants in the U.S. according to Michelin.

    As far as a restaurant for an "adventurous food lover" I would suggest either Kai or Posh. I've enjoyed Kai, never been to Posh but it markets itself as serving "improvisational" cusine.

    Kai http://www.wildhorsepass.com/kai-rest...

    Posh http://www.poshscottsdale.com/Home_Pa...

    1. Rubee RE: petee330 Aug 5, 2009 02:19 PM

      I love the whole experience at Binkley's - fresh, hiqh-quality ingredients, imaginative and creative menu, and always exceptional service. One of my favorite restaurants, we've never been disappointed. It's located north of Phoenix in Cave Creek. Absolutely worth the drive, and the first place I thought of you when you said "best restaurant to go to for an adventurous food lover". I should add that I haven't been to Kai or Posh yet.

      My report on last visit to Binkley's in April:

      6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

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        danieli10 RE: Rubee Aug 5, 2009 02:31 PM

        Second for Binkley's. I recently went with my SO and we had the 6-course with wine tasting and it was phenomenal.

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        Booger RE: petee330 Aug 5, 2009 03:29 PM

        If you are looking for award winning cuisine, you should think about the James Beard award winning restaurants.

        The best meals I have had in Phx were at Kai (very expensive, but worth every penny), and Noca (not ridiculously expensive, and worth a lot of pennies). There are a lot of great restaurants in Phx (we are lucky).

        1. bortukan RE: petee330 Aug 6, 2009 10:18 AM

          The best fancy dinners I've had here were at Kai and Binkley's (just once each-- they're out of my normal price range too). Both could be called adventurous-- Kai for the unusual ingredients, Binkley's for the unusual ways of preparing things (especially the string of little amuse bouche items that come throughout the meal). I haven't been to Noca, maybe this will be the year...

          1. drewb123 RE: petee330 Aug 6, 2009 12:29 PM

            Binkley's Hands down! make a reservaion 30 days in advance as well

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              Tohono Rat RE: drewb123 Aug 9, 2009 03:49 PM

              Without a doubt, I recommend Kai. It is one of a very few restaurants in the U.S. to feature Native American foods, one of the very few in Arizona to have Mobile 5 Diamonds, and is wonderful! There is a great Chowhound review at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/393933

              They are closed for a part of the summer, so check their web site before making a decision.

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              RDBcooks RE: petee330 Aug 12, 2009 01:57 PM

              Kai is one of the best restaurants in the US. Great food & service. Uses local Native American ingredients whenever possible (WildHorse Pass is on Native lands.) Janos Wilder from Tucson helped set up the menu when Kai first opened. Binkley's and NOCA are good second choices.

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                KristiB50 RE: RDBcooks Aug 13, 2009 12:57 PM

                I just had a great meal at Binkleys and highly recommend it.

                I've never been to Kai but I think I may have to rememdy that!

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