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    Vine and Dine - A BYOBer's guide to pairing wine with food at selected Valley restaurants

    It's Friday night and you decide to enjoy a glass of wine and a memorable meal at one of the Valley's restaurants where you can bring your own bottle. If you've been following these pages, it's easy to know where to go with your brown bag. Try Coup D...

    by Paul Morris on July 24, 1997
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    Beyond the Lunchpail

    Chez Bubbas Caribbean and Creole House, 801 North First Street, Phoenix, 254-0040. Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You don't need to see the new multiplex-cinema construction at Arizona Center, the new apartment complexes filling in...

    by Howard Seftel on July 17, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Edible Art: Ever been to a museum restaurant? If you have, you've probably noticed that you can almost always count on the food to be 1) overpriced and 2) mediocre. That's why I was so startled after a visit to the Phoenix Art Museum. Looking ov...

    by Howard Seftel on July 17, 1997
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    Roux Confessions

    Cajun House, 7117 East Third Avenue, Scottsdale, 945-5150. Hours: Dinner, 5 to 11 p.m., seven days a week. What has Louisiana got that Arizona hasn't? You want crooked politicians? We've got them. You want summers so uncomfortable that you can ...

    by Howard Seftel on July 10, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    L.A. The prevailing winds in Phoenix generally come slowly from the West, culturally as well as meteorologically. We get movies six months after they've opened in Hollywood; touring shows a year after they've played the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; an...

    by Howard Seftel on July 10, 1997
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    Foam Follows Function

    Lagerfields Micropub, 12601 North Paradise Village Parkway, Phoenix, 765-0059. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Want to cool off this monsoon season? Going to San Diego is a...

    by Howard Seftel on July 3, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Commode to Joy: Being a restaurant critic isn't always a delight. But after almost six years of eating out four or five times a week, I can take the downs with the ups. Overpriced meals? Bad food? Surly servers? I've seen them all. One thing I s...

    by Howard Seftel on July 3, 1997
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    Call Out the Reserves - Restaurateurs sing the blues over no-show diners Guest columnists

    Guest Columnists Nobody likes to get stood up, and restaurant owners are no different. But when our customers don't honor their reservations, more than just our feelings get hurt. Of course, there's a significant financial loss--one restaura...

    by Tom Kaufman on June 26, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Magic Chef: It's easy to get stale after you've been at a job for some time. Believe it or not, there are actually some Mondays when I don't bound out of bed, race happily to a blank computer screen and try to meet a Friday deadline. It's no dif...

    by Howard Seftel on June 19, 1997
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    Ahwatukee Trot

    Caffe Boa, 5063 East Elliot, Ahwatukee, 893-3331. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Why do people confuse money with class? Ted Kennedy and Fife Symington, for instance, ar...

    by Howard Seftel on June 19, 1997
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    The Asia Consent

    Korean Restaurant, 1414 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 994-5995. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Wednesday, 5 to 10 p.m. These are the times that try men's Seouls. The Valley's ...

    by Howard Seftel on June 12, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Over and Haute: A few weeks ago, the New Yorker ran an intriguing piece on the declining significance of French cuisine, "Is There a Crisis in French Cooking?" Author Adam Gopnik discovered, to his horror, that the French are no longer on the cu...

    by Howard Seftel on June 12, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Eat the High Country: The Valley isn't the only area of Arizona exploding with restaurants. The Sedona/Flagstaff region (see this week's Cafe column) is also booming. One reader has alerted me to a couple of offbeat restaurants that local weeken...

    by Howard Seftel on June 5, 1997
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    North Forks

    Dahl & Di Luca, 2321 West Highway 89A, Sedona, 1-520-282-5219. Hours: Dinner, 5 p.m. to close, seven nights a week. This is not a pleasant time of year to live in the Valley of the Perpetual Sun, unless you're a lizard or a water-park operator. ...

    by Howard Seftel on June 5, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Deja Revu: It's rerun time on television, so I thought this might be a good time to do some restaurant-food reruns, too. I returned to several places I'd enjoyed in the past to see if they still lived up to my plaudits. These three do: Centro Ca...

    by Howard Seftel on May 29, 1997
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    Barbie Convention

    Sir Charles Bar-B-Q Pit, 1231 East Northern, Phoenix, 997-6663. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Civilization has done a good job suppressing most of our basic, primitive u...

    by Howard Seftel on May 29, 1997
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    West Stops

    Bistro Panino, 4139 West Bell, Phoenix, 978-8500. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Not too many years ago, there were only two pl...

    by Howard Seftel on May 22, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Word Is Out: Some restaurant critics, I suppose, know everything. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them. I have a shelf full of reference works to help me overcome my ignorance. The latest aid: Webster's New World Dictionary of Culinary Arts, compi...

    by Howard Seftel on May 22, 1997
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    The Lite That Failed

    Welcome to the New Times Cafe swimsuit issue. Unfortunately, the editors have nixed my suggestion to run a photo spread of me and several models lolling on a breezy, sun-dappled tropical-island paradise, cavorting in designer bathing suits. How c...

    by Howard Seftel on May 15, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Inn Crowd: It's not easy to put your finger on just what it is that boosts a very good restaurant into the ranks of the very best. But whatever it is, it appears to be happening at Lon's. The exceptional meal I had here left me transfixed with a...

    by Howard Seftel on May 15, 1997
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