Chew on This: Bin 239 offers unique blend of food, wine

Bin 239 owners Kelly and Karen Keller with chefs Andy and Ricky Garcia. (Patrick Whitehurst/The Daily Courier)

Bin 239 owners Kelly and Karen Keller with chefs Andy and Ricky Garcia. (Patrick Whitehurst/The Daily Courier)

It takes a lot of work to make a restaurant feel relaxed and elegant at the same time.

And that's exactly the mood owners Kelly and Karen Keller have created at Bin 239 over the years.

The two have been a part of the restaurant industry for some time. Kelly grew up in the restaurant business in southern California. The two have owned Bin 239, found at 239 N. Marina Street in Prescott, for nine years and currently employ 12 local residents. Over those nine years, the Keller family worked to transform the historic downtown location into the comfortable, classy restaurant diners see today.

Their menu, Kelly said, is a continuous "work in progress."

"We change it every week," Kelly said. "We're continually changing wines and entrees."

Kelly described the business as a continental restaurant with an Italian flair.

"We have a well-rounded menu that features primarily American food, with a wine list and a dessert list," Keller said. "All of our desserts are homemade right here."

The restaurant's wine list changes regularly every two to three weeks, he added.

"Every wine on the list is available by the bottle or the glass," Kelly said. "You won't find that anywhere in the United States."

The locally owned and operated restaurant has also been featured in Arizona Highways Magazine as one of the top 25 best restaurants in the state. Phoenix Magazine listed Bin 239 in the top 75 best restaurants in the state.

Bin 239 is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The restaurant is closed Sundays and Mondays. Including their patio seating, Bin 239 seats approximately 140.

Call the restaurant at 928-445-3855, or visit them online at www.bin239.com, for more information.

THE MENU

Bin 239 features a number of menus for customers seeking a fine dining experience, including their regular menu, a wine and dessert menu, and their evening faire menu, which is available all day.

The evening faire menu features a number of tasty delights for diners, including steaks, seafood and pasta entrees.

Diners, Karen said, are fond of the wood-fired pizzas served at Bin 239, as well as the bruschettas, salad, and all-homemade desert selections.

"Our customers enjoy absolutely everything on the menu. If there was something on the menu they didn't order, we wouldn't have it on the menu," Karen said.

The restaurant features a wine tasting list with 12 white wines and 12 red wines, and diners can choose four of any combination.

The tastings are served with four glasses on a specialized "wine tree."

A variety of ports, tequilas and more can also often be found at Bin 239. Karen's homemade sangria is currently available at the restaurant. "Our clientele enjoys the variety," Kelly said.

Regular menu items features appetizers, called starters, bruschetta dishes, made with a large variety of topping choices; salads, including a Thai Chicken Salad, Mediterranean, Tuscan and "The Big House;" Waldorf Chicken Salad and many more, Panini sandwiches, including Artichoke and Tuna; the Cuban, Bin Ruben sandwich, the Meaty Boy and others.

Wood-fired pizzas included the Pesto Chicken, Cheeseburger, Napoletana, the Sheldon Street pizza and a variety of other offerings.

Entrée options include shrimp scampi, New York steak, sautéed diver scallops, oven-roasted salmon, the "Big Bin Burger" and more.

­- Story by Patrick Whitehurst, The Daily Courier