Hillstone Restaurant: A Biltmore Classic
A timeless appeal is what one can expect from Hillstone on Camelback Road in the Biltmore area. This classic cuisine fused with many of the more popular concepts — like sushi and steakhouse — truly does have a bit of it all.
In the heart of this business district, it is often reservations only for lunch and dinner. The bar, which includes the sheltered patio, is open for dining as well, although the selection there is confined to the sushi offerings. The menu is first-rate, with items like the hand-cut French fries with spicy mayonnaise, so crispy and light. The sushi choices are hand-made to order with the finest-grade fish. The Spicy Tuna Roll is a favorite because it is cubed tuna tossed in spices, giving it a fresh and powerful bite. The Thai Steak & Noodle Salad is made with marinated filet, mango, avocado and fresh herbs. Hillstone is famous for its burgers. The California Burger is most popular, with its melted jack cheese, avocado, arugula, red onion and house-made mustard honey. The Ahi Tuna Burger is also not to be missed. Finally, you must not miss out on the Ruby Red Salmon that is coated with Cajun spices, oak grilled and served with broccoli — so light and so flavorful.
The atmosphere, surprisingly, carries an appeal that could be as natural to Wall Street or Los Angeles. With rich woods surrounding you, the space feels open, yet the seeming labyrinth of walkways creates a sense of privacy around each booth and table. The servers know the menu inside and out and are quick to make recommendations that are sure to appeal to the most discerning palate. This is a Phoenix must for any casual to formal lunchtime or dinnertime need.
2650 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Thai Steak & Noodle Salad
Marinated filet, mango, avocado, fresh herbs
Ding’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich
Crispy buttermilk fried chicken, baby swiss, sliced tomato, spicy slaw
Houston’s vs. Hillstone
The first Hillstone opened its doors in the spring of 1977. Hillstone’s founder, George Biel, recognized the need for a new type of restaurant that was nonexistent at the time. He brought in a minority partner to open their first restaurant in Nashville, which they named Houston’s in reference to their native state of Texas.
Hillstone is one of 15 names by which Hillstone Restaurant Group operates its signature concept; with a total of 48 locations across 15 states, it is quite possibly the only chain to have been reviewed by Bon Appétit.
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