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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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    Won Ton Abandon

    Flo's, 14850 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale, 661-8883. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 4:30 to 10 p.m. Most things in life are routinely predictable, aren't they...

    by Howard Seftel on March 25, 1999
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    Second Helpings

    Channel Eight Is Enough: If you watch public television's KAET-TV, you've probably seen enough promos for its new cooking series, Savor the Southwest, to think you've already sat through all 13 episodes. The shows are hosted by Barbara Fenzl, a ...

    by Howard Seftel on March 25, 1999
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    Second Helpings

    Critical Face Off: By now, even folks who don't care anything about restaurants or critics have heard the Ruth Reichl story. The former all-powerful restaurant reviewer at the New York Times (she just resigned to take the editor's job at Gourmet...

    by Howard Seftel on March 18, 1999
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    Leave It to Bistro

    Convivo, 7000 North 16th Street, Phoenix, 997-7676. Hours: Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Some restaurants make me want to throw in my napkin and look for another line of work. No, it's not the lousy places that inspire fant...

    by Howard Seftel on March 18, 1999
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    Outta the Park

    Alice Cooper'stown, 101 East Jackson, Phoenix, 253-7337. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and event nights, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. It's spring, and our senses are awakening after a long winter's hibe...

    by Howard Seftel on March 11, 1999
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    Second Helpings

    How Not to Succeed in Business: Will somebody please explain to me how Michael Jordan could have ever thought of giving up basketball for baseball? Can somebody tell me why Mel Gibson insisted on playing Hamlet? The urge to be something we're no...

    by Howard Seftel on March 11, 1999
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    Second Helpings

    Blame It on Rio: One of the restaurant industry's hottest concepts is the rodizio. Think of it as a Brazilian grill, featuring endless courses of skewered meats, lavishly presented. Typically, waiters dressed as gauchos bring sizzling, sword-size ske...

    by Howard Seftel on March 4, 1999
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    The Bitter Trend

    Chaparral, 5402 East Lincoln Drive (Marriott's Camelback Inn), Paradise Valley, 948-1700. Dinner: 6 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. About a year ago, management at the five-diamond, superluxe Camelback Inn resort decided to jettison everything about...

    by Howard Seftel on March 4, 1999
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    Second Helpings

    Variations on a Theme: Ever since Hard Rock Cafe became an international success a generation ago, copycat theme restaurants have rushed in to nab a share of the market. In what's called the "eatertainment" business, no imitator has made as big ...

    by Howard Seftel on February 25, 1999
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    Mr. Tea

    Biltmore Afternoon Tea, Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 24th Street and Missouri, 955-6600. Afternoon Tea: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. How come Americans drink coffee instead of tea? You can trace the answer back to 1773, when 60 men, ...

    by Howard Seftel on February 25, 1999
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    "I Am Not a Cook!"

    Nixon's, 2501 East Camelback (Shops at the Esplanade), Phoenix, 852-0900. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Dinner, Sunday, 4 to 11 p.m. A grateful nation remembers its first president as the "Father of Our Countr...

    by Howard Seftel on February 18, 1999
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