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    Second Helpings

    Restaurant News: There seems to be no letup in the number of entrepreneurs who believe opening a restaurant in the Valley is the path to fame and fortune. Here are some of the ventures I'll be checking out this year: Restaurant Hapa: A husband-a...

    by Howard Seftel on January 1, 1998
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    Gorgeous Gorge

    It's the season for fantasy. But I don't fantasize about the meek inheriting the Earth, smooth sailing on the rush-hour Squaw Peak Parkway or mandatory IQ testing for Arizona legislators. My job requires me to dine out 200 nights a year. So,...

    by Howard Seftel on December 25, 1997
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    Yule Tank

    Organ Stop Pizza, 1149 East Southern, Mesa, 813-5700. Hours: Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m. 'Tis the season to be frazzled. It's not easy coping this busy time of year. And anyone who has kids kn...

    by Howard Seftel on December 18, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Message to Santa: Peace on Earth? Goodwill to men? A winning PowerBall ticket? Some things, I've learned, are beyond even Santa's powers. So I've scaled back my Christmas wish list. All I want these days is for Saint Nick to make eating out more enjo...

    by Howard Seftel on December 18, 1997
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    Cramming for Finals

    Paradise Bar & Grill, 401 South Mill, Tempe, 829-0606. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Life in a university town can be incredibly appealing. Anyone who has ever wandered ...

    by Howard Seftel on December 11, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Gross Out?: Right now, chef Christopher Gross, the acclaimed culinary heavyweight behind two of the Valley's best, and best-known, restaurants, Christopher's and Christopher's Bistro, is cruising with his wife Paola off the coast of Latin America. I ...

    by Howard Seftel on December 11, 1997
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    Penne for Your Thoughts

    Il Forno, 4225 East Camelback, Phoenix, 952-1522. Hours: Dinner, 5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Someone once said God must love poor people--after all, He made so many of them. Well, I'd say that God must love going out to Italian restaurant...

    by Howard Seftel on December 4, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Apple of My Eye: Every once in a while, someone comes up with a business plan so staggering that the mere contemplation of it leaves you short of breath. That's what happened to me when, after a recent trip to the north Phoenix Chompie's, I peek...

    by Howard Seftel on December 4, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Phone Mail: When you dish out criticism on a weekly basis, as I do, you've also got to be able to take it. I have no problem with honest disagreement. But I was upset with a recent message left anonymously on my voice mail: Howard Seftel? A...

    by Howard Seftel on November 27, 1997
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    Heel Thyself

    Man, the Bible says, cannot live by bread alone. But if you grew up in this town, or came here more than five years ago, you certainly haven't needed to take Saint Matthew's word for it. That's because, until quite recently, you stood as much ch...

    by Howard Seftel on November 27, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Hail to the Chefs: Interested in having Christopher Gross come over to your house and cook for you and your guests? Maybe you'd prefer Vincent Guerithault (Vincent's), RoxSand Scocos (RoxSand), Eddie Matney (Eddie's Grill), Fred Yamada (Sushi on Shea...

    by Howard Seftel on November 20, 1997
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    Mex Without Guilt

    Arizona Burrito Company, Gateview Shopping Center, 6941 North Hayden, Scottsdale, 922-9466. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun...

    by Howard Seftel on November 20, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    The Western Front: This week's review of Kiawe Grill (see Cafe, page 83) got me thinking about the slim dining pickings once you pass west of I-17. Sure, you can find lots of wonderful cheap ethnic spots: Vietnamese, Greek, Italian, Mexican, Thai. Bu...

    by Howard Seftel on November 13, 1997
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    Pacific Rim Shots

    Zen 32, Biltmore Plaza, 3160 East Camelback, Phoenix, 954-8700. Hours: Dinner, Tuesday through Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. It was the epoc...

    by Howard Seftel on November 13, 1997
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    Club Scout

    Famous Door, 7419 Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, 970-1945. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 6 to 10 p.m. If you were born after 1950, you probably rebelled against your par...

    by Howard Seftel on November 6, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Restaurant News: You may think the Valley is saturated with restaurants. But obviously that's not the way investors see it. Here's what we can look forward to this season: Hiro Sushi, 9393 North 90th Street, Scottsdale. The area around Shea Boul...

    by Howard Seftel on November 6, 1997
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    Chains Addiction

    Melting Pot, Mercado del Lago Plaza, 8320 North Hayden, Scottsdale, 607-1799. Hours: Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight. "Man is born free," observed Jean-Jacques Rousseau, more than 200 years ago...

    by Howard Seftel on October 30, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Southwest Survey: The new Zagat guide to Southwestern restaurants is out, covering Arizona and New Mexico. The Valley section is reasonably thorough, but not always on target. Zagat doesn't employ its own critics. Instead, the guides rely on the...

    by Howard Seftel on October 30, 1997
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    Rations for the Sporting Life

    Ricky O's, Ahwatukee Palms Plaza, 4855 East Warner, Phoenix, 893-6525. Hours: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Come football season, I'm a stranger in a s...

    by Howard Seftel on October 23, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Face Off: Why don't reputable restaurant critics announce themselves when they're reviewing restaurants? Because they'd get treatment that "ordinary" folks never would. Anyone who thinks otherwise is directed to the June 16 New York Observer. "B...

    by Howard Seftel on October 23, 1997
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