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    Bright Bites, Big City

    Milanos, 16 West Monroe (San Carlos Hotel), 258-1600. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. The Jeopardy! category--Geography. The answer, for $500: The lunar surface, the ocean floor and downtown Phoenix. Ten years a...

    by Howard Seftel on June 18, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Subsidized Dining: Everyone knows there's no such thing as a free lunch. But the National Restaurant Association, an industry trade group, thinks there should be. And if the group gets its way, guess who'll be picking up the tab for this "free" meal?...

    by Howard Seftel on June 11, 1998
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    Me Starvin', You Chain

    Piatti, 7704 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, 951-1199. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, 5 to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Why is it that food sophisticates--and I cheerfully admit I'm one of them--turn up the...

    by Howard Seftel on June 11, 1998
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    Dive, He Said

    Editor's note: You won't find any food in this Cafe column--strange things happen when award-winning food writer Howard Seftel takes a vacation. This week our guest columnist describes one of his favorite food-free environments. Welcome to saloon soc...

    by Brian Smith on June 4, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    High and Mighty: From its Camelback Mountain perch at the swanky Phoenician resort, Mary Elaine's offers a stunning view of the twinkling Valley below. But the view isn't the only riveting sight this restaurant delivers. Take a look at your plat...

    by Howard Seftel on May 28, 1998
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    The Man Who Came to Diner

    Winger's, 3247 East Bell, Phoenix, 787-1732. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. When, exactly, were "the good old days"? Nobody seems to know ...

    by Howard Seftel on May 28, 1998
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    Bistros of Burden

    Meza Luna, 4240 North Winfield Scott Plaza, Scottsdale, 947-9500. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Dinner, Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. In 1915, French psychologist Emile Coue developed a mantra, which he encour...

    by Howard Seftel on May 21, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Market Watch: Attention, shoppers! One of the nation's leading upscale food markets, Whole Foods, has come to the Valley, poised to compete with AJ's and Wild Oats for your disposable-income food dollars. The company started out almost 20 years ...

    by Howard Seftel on May 21, 1998
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    Ethnic Plate Cleansing

    Haus Murphy's, 5819 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale, 939-2480. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the past 20 years, Americans have been wrestling with their principles: how to ba...

    by Howard Seftel on May 14, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Restaurant News: The local restaurant gold rush shows no sign of slowing down. Here are some dining spots I'll be checking out: * Rodizio Grill: Looking to fill up on meat? This Brazilian restaurant will give you a powerful animal-protein boost....

    by Howard Seftel on May 14, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Hail to the Chef: Chef Christopher Gross left Christopher's last December, after an acrimonious split with partner Guy Coscas. Since then, Gross has been anxious to get back into the restaurant game. He's been scouting for investors and checking...

    by Howard Seftel on May 7, 1998
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    In a Slather

    Lib's Ribs, 2545 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, 508-8220. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. When you come from a tightknit religious family in New York, as I did, you have two ...

    by Howard Seftel on May 7, 1998
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    Mother Load

    Bistro 24, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 2401 East Camelback, Phoenix, 468-0700. Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are three places from which you can get a profound insight into human nature: a foxhole, Wrigley Field and an all-you-can-eat Sunday brunc...

    by Howard Seftel on April 30, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Mommy Dearest: Candy makers can't wait for Halloween. Florists celebrate Valentine's Day. Retailers circle the calendar on the day after Thanksgiving. Restaurant owners live for Mother's Day. On that holiday, it seems as if half the population i...

    by Howard Seftel on April 30, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Polishing the Big Apple: If you're a Muslim, you're required to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. If you're Catholic, the height of devotion is attending a Papal mass at St. Peter's. If you're a foodie, you'll try to have dinner at the James Beard House. ...

    by Howard Seftel on April 23, 1998
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    Tuna Turner

    Roy's, Scottsdale Seville, 7001 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 905-1155. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. Looking for signs that the Va...

    by Howard Seftel on April 23, 1998
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    Park Belly Future

    I've got some marvelous summer adventures planned. Among my ideas: 1) Hiking Squaw Peak during an electrical storm with a copper helmet strapped to my head; 2) Supplementing my income selling authentic Apache earmuffs at freeway off-ramps; 3) Checkin...

    by Howard Seftel on April 16, 1998
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    Inn & Out

    T. Cook's, Royal Palms, 5200 East Camelback, Phoenix, 808-0766. Hours: Dinner, 6 to 10:30 p.m., seven days a week. According to the Chamber of Commerce, about 12 million visitors come to the Valley every year. It seems like 11 million of them make ...

    by Howard Seftel on April 9, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    West-Side For years, I've thought the west side of town was full of untapped restaurant potential. Some smart entrepreneur, I figured, would eventually look at the demographics--tens of thousands of new residents, armed with disposable income--and r...

    by Howard Seftel on April 9, 1998
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    Sea Notes

    Restaurant Oceana, 8900 East Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, 515-2277. Hours: Dinner, 5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. How come comedians want to play Hamlet? Why do guys with good jobs and loving families fantasize about joining the merchant marin...

    by Howard Seftel on April 2, 1998
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