Several months ago, we were in Prescott for a seminar. After the first night, we went to Bin 239 for a glass of wine. This was our first visit. We looked at the menu, but, since we had already eaten, stuck to a glass of wine. We had a very nice conversation with the owner, and vowed to return. The opportunity arose last weekend. We stopped in to re-examine the menu and determine a good time to return without a reservation. The owner sat with us and encouraged us to return. After walking around Prescott for several hours, we returned for dinner. First of all, the wine list at this restaurant is amazing. This is the only restaurant outside of Washington that has Leonetti on its wine list. Add Opus One and George Latour Private Reserve and you have a mighty impressive list. And these aren't even the most expensive wines on the list. But for those who don't routinely drop $100 for a bottle of wine (that would include us), there is an extensive list of reasonably priced wines by the glass or bottle. We ordered a bottle of wine and ordered bruschetta. The bruschetta comes with several options and you can pick up to four different varieties for each order. Given our past experience with bruschetta elsewhere, we stuck with two varieties to make sure we'd each get a taste. Well, this is not normal bruschetta. The four pieces are really eight and we could have easily tried four varieties and gotten a good taste of each. Note for our next visit. After the bruschetta we ordered the scallop and shrimp entree (we share). Excellent choice. We rarely order dessert (my husband likes two things--carrot cake and key lime pie). We ordered the carrot cake. It came as a small bundt cake with a dollop of what looked like ice cream on top. My husband doesn't like ice cream (go figure), so he immediately shoved the dollop off the top. I tried the cake with a bit of dollop, which turned out to be cream cheese frosting. With that bit of knowledge, my husband took a bite and we immediately finished off the dessert. Throughout the course of our meal, the owner continually checked on us to see how we were doing.
A few other observations about this restaurant. This is definitely a restaurant frequented by locals. Nearly everyone who walked in knew the owner,and she knew them. Frequently, she even knew what they ordered--both food and beverage. If the locals support a restaurant, that's usually a good sign. In this case, it genuinely is. We've already made plans to return in December.
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