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    Second Helpings

    Eat Beat: You don't need much incentive to eat at Restaurant Hapa (6204 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-998-8220), one of this town's very best restaurants. I recently revisited and had a marvelous dinner: fiery squid salad, gilded with papaya...

    by Howard Seftel on June 3, 1999
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    Repast Imperfect

    Milton's, 3159 East Lincoln, Phoenix, 602-667-7644. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, 5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. I've had a letter on my desk for about a week now from a very unhappy diner. She's fed up with the ...

    by Howard Seftel on June 3, 1999
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    Haute Streak - Picasso / Le Cirque

    Attention, gourmets! I've discovered an oasis of fine dining in the American desert Southwest. Unfortunately, it's not in Phoenix. It's in Las Vegas. Las Vegas? Isn't that the place where culinary sophistication means simultaneously balancin...

    by Howard Seftel on May 27, 1999
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    Second Helpings - Can't afford dinner at Picasso or Le Cirque?

    Buffeted: What if you can't afford dinner at Picasso or Le Cirque? (See this week's Cafe "review.) You can still eat well at the Bellagio, if not as elegantly, for just a fraction of the cost. The Bellagio's dinner buffet, like almost everything...

    by Howard Seftel on May 27, 1999
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    Slow Boat From China

    Sampan, 668 North 44th Street (COFCO Chinese Cultural Center), Phoenix, 602-286-9888. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, dim sum buffet, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, 5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Lif...

    by Howard Seftel on May 20, 1999
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    Second Helpings

    What's New: The Valley's restaurant boom shows no sign of slowing down. Here's a run-down of some of the places that have opened over the past few months: * Tequila Grill (4363 North 75th Street, Scottsdale, 480-941-1800). Run by veterans of Sam...

    by Howard Seftel on May 20, 1999
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    Second Helpings

    Wright's and Wrongs: The Arizona Biltmore has been a resort gem ever since the Hoover administration. A recent multimillion-dollar renovation has polished up this jewel even more. But management has never put much effort into its signature resta...

    by Howard Seftel on May 13, 1999
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    Asia Vu

    Zipangu, 1006 East Warner, Tempe, 480-839-3924. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m. "Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall me...

    by Howard Seftel on May 13, 1999
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    Low Steaks Game

    Michael Monti's of Scottsdale, 7500 East Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, 480-585-3000. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Who says this isn't a cow town? Outside of Indi...

    by Howard Seftel on May 6, 1999
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    Second Helpings

    Cheese Wiz: Readers with long memories may recall a column I did in this space about a year ago about one of the world's great cheeses, mozzarella di bufala. Italians have been making mozzarella from water buffalo for 2,000 years. Good as the fr...

    by Howard Seftel on May 6, 1999
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    Second Helpings

    Mommy Dearest: If you haven't already made reservations for a Mother's Day meal, chances are you'll be feeding Mom in the back seat of your car, after a stop at a drive-through window. Moms are genetically programmed to love you no matter what. But e...

    by Howard Seftel on April 29, 1999
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    Mother Load

    T. Cook's, Royal Palms, 5200 East Camelback, Phoenix, 602-808-0766. Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. She carried us for nine months, then brought us into the world. She fed us, clothed us, sheltered us, comforted us, raised us. She packed our schoo...

    by Howard Seftel on April 29, 1999
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    Second Helpings

    Bow WOW! I've never been much of an animal lover, unless the creatures in question were roasted, grilled or broiled. Yes, we do have a cat, but that's only because my wife got one while I was foolish enough to go out of town for a few days eight year...

    by Howard Seftel on April 22, 1999
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    Regional Doubt

    Coyote Grill, 7077 East Bell, Scottsdale, 480-922-8424. Hours: Lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week; Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 4:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4:30 to 11 p.m. Back in 1994, an unpretentious Southwestern restauran...

    by Howard Seftel on April 22, 1999
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    Second Helpings

    The Price Isn't Right: Oscar Wilde once defined a cynic as one who knows "the price of everything and the value of nothing." Well, I'm starting to feel more and more cynical. That's because Valley restaurant prices are starting to get way out of...

    by Howard Seftel on April 15, 1999
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    Vittle Italy

    Cafe Terrace, 4151 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale, 480-947-9364. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dinner, Thursday through Saturday, until 10 p.m. Closed Sunday. "Ego cogito, ergo sum," wrote philosopher Rene Descartes: "I t...

    by Howard Seftel on April 15, 1999
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    The Mex Files

    Acapulco Bay Co., 3030 North 68th Street, Scottsdale, 480-429-1990. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Today's Jeopardy! answer: Triple-digit temperatures, crooked politicians and Mexican restaurants. The correct q...

    by Howard Seftel on April 8, 1999
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    Second Helpings

    Hell No, We Won't Go: The 1998-1999 Valley restaurant season has been remarkable. Eddie Matney, Christopher Gross and Mark Tarbell have all undertaken new ventures. Michael Monti, Paul Fleming and the Marco Polo folks are starting up big-time steak h...

    by Howard Seftel on April 8, 1999
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    Second Helpings

    Tip Top: The food may be bad. The service may be dreadful. But unless servers pour hot coffee on their laps, or insects run across their plates, most diners can be counted on to leave a tip. Last year, Americans left about $12 billion on the table, a...

    by Howard Seftel on April 1, 1999
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    San Francisco Trite

    Fog City Diner, 7014 East Camelback Road (Fashion Square Mall), Scottsdale, 874-2300. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Phoenix is the sixth-largest city in the country. Ma...

    by Howard Seftel on April 1, 1999
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