Hillstone Restaurant: A Biltmore Classic

by Mike Hunter

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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, at lunch it is reservations only as the place is hopping with business meetings. The bar is open for dining as well, but this crowded hot spot is the perfect place to impress clients. 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, one cannot 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 one might find on Wall Street or Los Angeles. Done in rich woods, the open space is dotted with booths and tables that give that open feel while allowing for the perfect private client consult. 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.

Hillstone Restaurant
2650 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
(602) 957-9700

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