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    Second Helpings

    Safe Mex: I'm not a venture capitalist, restaurant entrepreneur or restaurant consultant. But if I were, I know exactly what I'd be doing with my time, money and energy: developing an upscale, white-linen-tablecloth, Mexican seafood restaurant. ...

    by Howard Seftel on April 2, 1998
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    And the Nominees Are . . . : In the movie business, it's the Oscar. In the recording industry, it's the Grammy. In the restaurant world, it's the James Beard Awards. Right now, the firm of Deloitte & Touche is tabulating results from the first r...

    by Howard Seftel on March 26, 1998
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    Asia, Major and Minor

    Restaurant Hapa, 6204 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 998-8220. Hours: Dinner, Wednesday through Monday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. In 1927, German physicist Werner Heisenberg had a breakthrough theoretical insight. He called it the Uncertainty Principle: ...

    by Howard Seftel on March 26, 1998
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    Good & Polenta

    Veneto Trattoria, Hilton Village, 6137 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 948-9928. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m. These are golden days for the Valley's Italian-food fa...

    by Howard Seftel on March 19, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Feeling Your Hautes: Ten years ago, I believe there wasn't a single high-end grocery store in town. That changed when Euro Market opened in Uptown Plaza at Central and Camelback. In the early 1990s, AJ's took over that spot, and then quickly expanded...

    by Howard Seftel on March 19, 1998
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    Green Around the Grills

    Arizona Roadhouse & Brewery, 1120 East Apache, Tempe, 929-9940. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week. Aye, laddie, may your leprechauns always be green; may your sainted mother find a four-leaf shillelagh; and may the Blarn...

    by Howard Seftel on March 12, 1998
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    As the Worm Turns: If Saint Patrick had driven the snakes out of Mexico instead of Ireland, we'd be celebrating his birthday a whole different way. Forget whiskey and beer. We'd be drinking tequila and mescal. During the past five years, tequila...

    by Howard Seftel on March 12, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Yo, Rocky Point: Are there other things to do in Rocky Point besides eating dinner? (See this week's Cafe column, page 77.) You bet: Let's not forget about breakfast and lunch. To fuel yourself for the day's rigorous activities, head to Puesta d...

    by Howard Seftel on March 5, 1998
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    Beach Blanket Gringo

    At this moment, on college campuses all across Arizona, the student body is starting to stir with excitement. Our young scholars are putting down the books, and smearing on the sun screen. The most important week in the academic calendar is coming up...

    by Howard Seftel on March 5, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Taste of Europe: The last time I looked, the Eiffel Tower wasn't in Phoenix. Neither was Stonehenge, the Alps, or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. If you want to see those sights, you have to go overseas. But you don't need to book a transatlantic fli...

    by Howard Seftel on February 26, 1998
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    Ole Confidential

    Pepe's Taco Villa, 2108 West Camelback, Phoenix, 242-0379. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Childhood myths die hard. Why is it so wrenching to concede that there's no Sant...

    by Howard Seftel on February 26, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Buffeted: Why are budget-priced, all-you-can-eat buffets so popular? That's easy. Most folks think they can beat the house, eating more than the cost of the meal. You can recognize these customers right away: They're the ones balancing a mountain of ...

    by Howard Seftel on February 19, 1998
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    The Be-All, Trend-All

    ObaChine, Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Phoenix, 955-9653. Hours: Lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week; Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. Americans are obsessed with race. We...

    by Howard Seftel on February 19, 1998
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    Unagi but Nice

    Hiro Sushi, 9393 North 90th Street, Scottsdale, 314-4215. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. The Asian stock marke...

    by Howard Seftel on February 12, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Birdland, Part I: Are you the sort of fussy diner who always demands the freshest foods? Do you insist on just-picked fruit and vegetables, bread right out of the oven and soup made from scratch? I do. But for fresh poultry, fussy folks like us ...

    by Howard Seftel on February 12, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Heart Smart: Valentine's Day is the restaurant industry's second-biggest day, right after Mother's Day. (It makes sense: Everyone has a mother; not everyone has a sweetheart.) But if my e-mails, letters and telephone calls are any indication, Va...

    by Howard Seftel on February 5, 1998
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    Romancing the Stove

    Michael's at the Citadel, 8700 East Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, 515-2575. Hours: Dinner, 6 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Surprise her with flowers on the Fourth of July? She'll be thrilled. Bring her chocolates on Columbus Day? She'll be grate...

    by Howard Seftel on February 5, 1998
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    Chuck, Please

    Pinnacle Peak Patio, 10426 East Jomax, Scottsdale, 585-1599. Hours: Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. Every year, when the calendar flips to January, you can count on three thi...

    by Howard Seftel on January 29, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Where the Buffalo Roam: Once upon a time in this town, mozzarella cheese meant the hard, stringy, tasteless blobs that stretched across a cardboard-crust pizza. About a decade ago, local Italian restaurants began to acquaint locals with the fres...

    by Howard Seftel on January 29, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Getting Oriented: The Asian stock markets are crumbling. But here in the Valley, the Asian food markets are booming. The latest entry is cause for real celebration: 99 Ranch Market, a 29-unit, California-based operation, with outposts in Honolul...

    by Howard Seftel on January 22, 1998
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