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2000 Stories by Carey Sweet

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  • Where's the Beef?

    published December 28, 2000

    In-N-Out Burger, 7467 East Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale, unpublished phone number. Also 1525 Dysart Road, Avondale. Hours: Lunch... More >>

  • Hangover and Out

    published December 28, 2000

    There's a little Liz Habib in all of us. Even the most puritanical in the bungling bunch known as mankind likely has overindulged in alcohol at... More >>

  • Hatch Check Grill

    published December 21, 2000

    A recent survey, conducted extensively among people on my speed-dial list, has uncovered a startling finding. The entire state of New Mexico is... More >>

  • Stupor Market

    published December 21, 2000

    Tequila. It's not just for binge drinkers anymore. Super-premium blends have become super popular with well-heeled inbibers, and in the process,... More >>

  • Havoc Your Way

    published December 14, 2000

    Sometimes, you just know that things aren't going to work out. Maybe it's the body language that clues you in, when your intended won't look you... More >>

  • A Tale of Two Chicagos

    published December 14, 2000

    Arlene Silver wants to make it clear -- very clear -- that the Taste of Chicago sandwich store at Scottsdale Road and Thunderbird is not... More >>

  • Razz and Shine

    published December 7, 2000

    Professional chefs are born different from the rest of us. While the home chef may cook to relax, the professional cooks out of a compulsion to... More >>

  • Nightmare Galley

    published December 7, 2000

    Over the past month, a number of the Valley's better-known restaurants have failed health inspections, with dismal scores ranging from 60 to 70.... More >>

  • Gator Raid

    published November 30, 2000

    Alligators don't make good pets. Amazing, I know, but true. As a child growing up in Tokyo, I happened upon a pet store that was selling, along... More >>

  • Chili Reception

    published November 30, 2000

    Pity the poor Chilihead. As if Chili's employees didn't already have enough grief in their working conditions (they're barraged with that creepy... More >>

  • Scorcher Chamber

    published November 23, 2000

    We're picking things out of our tom yum soup at Jax Thai Bar, a Tempe restaurant that's the newest addition to Mill Avenue's increasingly... More >>

  • Chefs' Surprise? Sell Convivo

    published November 23, 2000

    In what has to be one of the most fiercely guarded transactions of the year in Valley restaurant circles, Convivo has been sold to former... More >>

  • Forn Affairs

    published November 16, 2000

    The phone is ringing again, rattling in its perch on the reservations podium next to the bar at Acqua e Sale. We've been listening to it all... More >>

  • Dot-Bomb

    published November 16, 2000

    Another dot-com company has gone bust, hitting several local freelance restaurant writers where it really hurts -- in the pocketbook. Instead of... More >>

  • West World

    published November 9, 2000

    There's a new book out called Zeguts. It should not be confused with the international restaurant guide of the similar name, Zagat.... More >>

  • Small Carafe Warning

    published November 9, 2000

    If you order your wine by the glass when you go out for dinner, you may be getting gouged.Some high-end restaurateurs are increasing their... More >>

  • Zuppa Duper

    published November 2, 2000

    To hear many native New Yorkers talk about it, you'd think they invented neighborhood-style Italian food. From antipasto to baked pasta, lasagna... More >>

  • Party Hardy

    published November 2, 2000

    Pack 40 of the nation's top chefs into extremely close quarters, arm them with sharp knives, and what happens? Despite a rocky start in its... More >>

  • Fossil Fuel

    published October 26, 2000

    The dining scene for much of Sun City, Del Webb's masterplanned commune for silver-haired citizens, is a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. Looking... More >>

  • Free Range Chefs

    published October 26, 2000

    Great chefs are not bred to be caged in corporate kitchens. There's no keeping these talented souls confined with menus supervised by restaurant... More >>

  • Irishful Thinking

    published October 19, 2000

    Rula Bula managing partner Steven Goumas hasn't had the easiest go of it in getting his Irish pub and restaurant ready for business. Opened in... More >>

  • Unfed, and Fed Up

    published October 19, 2000

    The Valley's own James Boyce was celebrated Saturday night at the James Beard House in Manhattan. Boyce, chef de cuisine at the Phoenician's Mobil... More >>

  • Bar 'n' Gill

    published October 12, 2000

    Homebuilders everywhere have their boxers in a bunch over Proposition 202, a pending initiative that will severely limit urban sprawl across... More >>

  • Animal House

    published October 12, 2000

    ZooFari is billed as one of the most important black-tie culinary events in the Valley. It's always been an exciting opportunity to sample some of... More >>

  • Maggiore Rule

    published October 5, 2000

    Tomaso's -- the elegant Italian restaurant that's charmed Valley diners for almost two decades in its original 32nd Street and Camelback location... More >>

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