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Bayareafoodiei Jul 7, 2010 05:04 PM

I follow you on the New Orleans board so I trust in your food knowledge. I need a few recs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I will be staying at Four Seasons Troon. Give me your best, I only have 3 full days. Thanks

  1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Jul 7, 2010 11:47 PM

    Go to http://www.chow.com/profile/11329 to read just Bill's posts. You'll have to do a little digging, but it's better than alienating the other very nice folk on this board who are also very passionate about food.

    I know a number of Bill's favorite restaurants around town are at least half an hour from where you're staying, which brings me to something:

    Go check this first:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7115...

    Both the Frequently Asked Questions (i.e. use the search box) and the Still Have A Question? ones. You're at the edge of nowhere at the Four Seasons, so the items in Still Have A Question? are of utmost importance; there's a number of fantastic restaurants I would recommend but are well over half an hour's drive each way. Speaking of which, a number of his favorites are Noca, T. Cook's at the Royal Palms, Vincent's on Camelback, Binkley's, and Marcellino.

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    Binkley's
    6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

    Noca
    3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

    Marcellino
    7114 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
      Bayareafoodiei Jul 8, 2010 04:59 AM

      Thanks for the info.

    2. Bill Hunt Jul 10, 2010 09:53 PM

      Wow, you are talking about an area, that I seldom get to, as I am not in Scottsdale.

      Now, I would have recommended Mosaic, but they have closed. For me, they were worth the drive from North Phoenix.

      I appreciate the kind words, but we will both have to rely on the knowledge of others here.

      Jk has also given you a better list of my favs., than I ever could have! As is pointed out, they are a ways away.

      The closest is Binkley's and it IS worth the little drive. I'd liken Binkely's to a casual Restaurant Gary Danko. Chef Binkley worked for Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, Yountville, so you can get a picture. The setting is a bit up-scale casual AZ, instead of a neat old building in Napa, or just off Union Square, San Francisco. The food will give you flashbacks, but the setting is much more laid-back - kind of like AZ itself.

      Wish that I knew that area better, but even when we host meetings at The Boulders, we do their catered events on property, and then head to Binkley's for the "big meal."

      Hope others have some useful input.

      Enjoy,

      Hunt

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      Binkley's
      6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

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      1. re: Bill Hunt
        Bill Hunt Jul 10, 2010 10:02 PM

        Uh-oh, look at this thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7190... for the "vacation schedule." Looks like Binkley's is closed for the Summer. Bummer!!!!

        Sorry about that, but it does happen. Phoenix is a 500 square mile town of 4,000, that swells to 3.86M come Autumn.

        Just catty-corner to Binkleys, San Souci was quite good, though not up to Binkley's, but historically, they also do a big vacation thing.

        Good luck, and hope that others have some useful recs.

        Hunt

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        Binkley's
        6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

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