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    Second Helpings

    Cheese Wiz: A few weeks ago, I had a problem I rarely run into: deciding where to take out-of-town friends and their three kids to eat, on our own nickel. We wanted a nice place, not too fancy, but not a dive. The menu had to offer interesting f...

    by Howard Seftel on September 3, 1998
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    Main Dish Antenna

    (Ace Cafe writer Howard Seftel is on a hunger strike. Our guest columnist surveys the gustatory delights of PBS.) Somehow television cooking shows have made an interesting metamorphosis over the past couple of decades. Originally intended as educat...

    by Paul Morris on August 27, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Late-Night Dining: After the big hand hits the 12 and the little hand reaches the 10, there aren't too many eating-out choices in the Valley that don't end in ". . . berto's." One particularly good one: Carlsbad Tavern. It moved a few months...

    by Howard Seftel on August 20, 1998
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    The Norman Tabernacle

    Norman's Arizona, 4410 North 40th Street, Phoenix, 956-2288. Hours: Lunch, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m. Christopher. Vincent. RoxSand. Franco. Razz. Eddie. The Valley ...

    by Howard Seftel on August 20, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Occidental Tourist: About six weeks ago, I gave Silver Dragon (8946 North 19th Avenue, 674-0151) an exceptionally good review. I praised the Hong Kong-style fare, but noted that, unless you were Chinese, you'd probably never get a chance to sample it...

    by Howard Seftel on August 13, 1998
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    Foam Booths

    Gordon Biersch, 420 South Mill, Tempe, 736-0033. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week. It's hot. It's sticky. It's August. How do you find relief this time of year? If you've got some vacation time and disposable income...

    by Howard Seftel on August 13, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Over the Cracker Barrel: A few weeks ago, I wrote a favorable review of Cracker Barrel, a Tennessee-based chain with some 350 branches across the country. The company is currently moving into the Valley in a big way. I thought the down-home fare...

    by Howard Seftel on August 6, 1998
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    Puttin' On Berlitz

    Bombay Palace, 5775 West Bell, Glendale, 547-1000. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner, 5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. What kind of diners go to the Valley's ethnic restaurants?...

    by Howard Seftel on August 6, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Tempe Eats: People do weird things. Some collect string. Others follow baseball batting averages. Roisan Rubio obsessively wanders over every square inch of downtown Tempe. From First Street on the north to 10th Street on the south, from College...

    by Howard Seftel on July 30, 1998
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    'burb Feeders

    Desert Moon Grill and Saloon, 15415 North 65th Place, Scottsdale, 607-1811. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. "Oh, East is East, and ...

    by Howard Seftel on July 30, 1998
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    Meet the Christopherians

    Christopher's, 2398 East Camelback, Phoenix, 957-3214. Summer hours: Thursday through Saturday, 6 p.m. to close. The enormous floral centerpiece at Christopher's--large enough for a gangland funeral--looked way past its prime, the flowers worn and ...

    by Howard Seftel on July 23, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Name Game: What's in a name? Does arroz by any other name smell as sweet? That's the question at Mayan's. For years, this popular west-side Mexican restaurant was called Minga's. But now that the old proprietors have teamed up with new partners a...

    by Howard Seftel on July 23, 1998
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    International Harvest Store

    Editor's note: Regular Cafe writer Howard Seftel is dieting this week. Our guest columnist dodges Seftel's calorie crucible entirely by exploring a unique greengrocer. Guadalupe Farmer's Market, 9210 Avenida del Yaqui (at Guadalupe Road), Guadalupe...

    by Kaytie Johnson on July 16, 1998
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    Elegance Graveyard

    Mancuso's, 6166 North Scottsdale Road (The Borgata), Scottsdale, 948-9988. Hours: Dinner, 5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Arizona has its share of ancient wonders: the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, Meteor Crater. I suppose you could add Manc...

    by Howard Seftel on July 9, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Summertime, and the Livin' Is Easy?: If you have to spend June, July and August in the Valley of the Perpetual Sun, you know there ain't no cure for the summertime blues. But you can ease your misery somewhat by taking advantage of special resta...

    by Howard Seftel on July 9, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Recipe for Disaster: If you want to start a restaurant chain these days, it's absolutely necessary to have a "hook." Theme-restaurant pioneers Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood were among the first to figure this out. They in turn spawned successfu...

    by Howard Seftel on July 2, 1998
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    Carnivore Cruise

    Tijuana Country Club, 3820 East Ray, Ahwatukee, 704-0881. Hours: Dinner, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week. For the past 25 years, a generation of Americans has been pounded with messages about the evils of red meat in general, and beef in partic...

    by Howard Seftel on July 2, 1998
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    Asia Vu

    Silver Dragon, 8946 North 19th Avenue, Phoenix, 674-0151. Hours: Sunday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30 to 10 p.m. Silver Dragon's employees have their marching orders: Gweilos to the right! That's where all the non-Chinese "forei...

    by Howard Seftel on June 25, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Restaurant Update: Ever since it opened, Gregory's Grill has been one of this town's best restaurants. If a fabulous recent meal there is any indication, the food can't get much better. So chef/proprietor Gregory Casale is doing the next best thing: ...

    by Howard Seftel on June 25, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    'Cue Tips: Nobody likes criticism. And not too many of us accept it with class and good grace. Two who do are Joe Johnston and Tim Peelen. They're proprietors of Joe's Real BBQ, at 301 North Gilbert Road, 503-3805, in "downtown" Gilbert. A few w...

    by Howard Seftel on June 18, 1998
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