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The hamburger at Cafe Bink in Carefree

Cheeseburger and mixed green salad.
Cheeseburger and mixed green salad.
Sandy Wasserman

The burger at Cafe Bink

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Way up in northern part of the Phoenix metro area lies the laid back village of Carefree. In addition to the 2nd homes of many that spend their winters here, there is a restaurant called Cafe Bink http://www.cafebink.com/ which is the 2nd restaurant owned by James Beard nominee Kevin Binkley and his wife Amy. Cafe Bink is the more casual of the 2 restaurants serving both lunch and dinner. On the midday menu is one burger at $12.

This pan seared burger is served on a buttered and toasted onion roll and is topped with thinly shaved onions, green leaf lettuce and thick tomato slices. Melted white Cheddar or Gruyere cheese is available for $1 more. This soft and pink in the middle combined with the pan seared crusted outside makes for a flavorful and well received burger. A choice of house made chips or a mixed greens salad come with your burger the salad was good and dressed with Balsamic vinaigrette. Having heard good thinks about the truffle fries I ordered a small portion ($4) and was glad I did as they were thick, dark and crispy. A trio of house made dipping sauces accompany the fries that include house made truffle ketchup, garlic aioli and a house made sauce vert which is a green mayo made with herbs.

If getting a reservation at Binkley's seems challenging, know you can go around the corner to Cafe Bink for very good food that includes a very good burger.

Cafe Bink is located at 36889 N. Tom Darlington Dr. Carefree, 85377 (480)488-9796. Cafe Bink is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. til May 31st then they close on Mondays thru the summer.

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