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    Second Helpings

    Brunch Cost Ratio: Everyone knows there isn't always a correlation between price and value. Is a Lexus three times better than a Camry? Maybe, but only if you're trying to impress an adolescent valet parker. Is a first-class ticket worth five times t...

    by Howard Seftel on May 1, 1997
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    A Mother Time, a Mother Place

    C-Fu Gourmet, 2051 West Warner, Chandler, 899-3888. Hours: Dim sum, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., seven days a week. "M" is for the million neuroses she gave me. "O" means that her act is getting old. "T" is for time I spend in therapy. "H" is for...

    by Howard Seftel on May 1, 1997
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    Profiles in Corkage

    Coup Des Tartes, 4626 North 16th Street, Phoenix, 212-1082. Hours: Lunch, Thursday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Thursday through Tuesday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. During its 1995 session, having solved all of Arizona's educational, tax, crime...

    by Howard Seftel on April 24, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport: Not too many years ago, Valley wine merchants used a simple system to display their inventory: On one set of shelves sat the wines with corks; on another sat the wines with screw caps. Well, the town's become a lot m...

    by Howard Seftel on April 24, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Hard Times: Sometimes, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Take the term "al dente." Originally applied to pasta, it meant not overcooking the noodles--so they weren't soft and squishy. Properly prepared pasta has a bit of spring, a bit of firmn...

    by Howard Seftel on April 17, 1997
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    Butcher Bloc

    Harris', 3101 East Camelback, Phoenix, 508-8888. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, 5:30 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Is Phoenix ready for more prime time? The operators of two new steak houses, featuring price...

    by Howard Seftel on April 17, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Pig Feats: If you're into eating high on the hog, check out The Pork Shop, one of the more remarkable retail outlets I've encountered on this job. The shop has been around since the late 1970s. Quite simply, it sells the best pork I've ever tast...

    by Howard Seftel on April 10, 1997
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    Fork Corners of the Earth

    Likle Montego Jamaican Cafe, 5004 South Price, Tempe, 413-0267. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Tuesday and Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 4 to 9:30 p.m. You don't need...

    by Howard Seftel on April 10, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Goodbye, Deli: This week's search for locally genuine deli fare (see page 79) came up more or less empty. In the past, though, I've been able to console myself after other futile missions. That's because I always believed that, at least back in New Y...

    by Howard Seftel on April 3, 1997
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    Blintzkrieg

    Arnie's Deli, 5114 North Seventh Street, Phoenix, 264-1975. Hours: Breakfast and Lunch, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week. Call me the Deli Lama. For seven lean years now, I've been wandering in the desert, a deli-starved exile, far from the ...

    by Howard Seftel on April 3, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Take Another Pizza My Heart: From the moment it opened in late 1994, tiny Pizzeria Bianco zoomed right to the top of the Valley's pizza league. Actually, as Valley connoisseurs know, when it comes to pizza, Pizzeria Bianco is more or less in a league...

    by Howard Seftel on March 27, 1997
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    Fare to Remember

    Gregory's Grill, Papago Plaza, 7049 East McDowell, Scottsdale, 946-8700. Hours: Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. It's spring, and I'm in love. And why not? The object of my affection is charming, sophisticated and eager t...

    by Howard Seftel on March 27, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    And the Winner Is . . . : In the movie business, it's the Oscar. In the recording business, it's the Grammy. And in the restaurant business, it's the James Beard Award. Right now, the firm of Deloitte & Touche is tabulating the results of the fi...

    by Howard Seftel on March 20, 1997
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    Transcendental Mediterranean

    Cafe Patou, Scottsdale Promenade, 7000 East Shea, Scottsdale, 951-6868. Hours: Dinner, 5:30 p.m. to close, seven days a week. The Valley has done a lot of growing up during the past few decades. Once a cow town where Midwesterners came to thaw out,...

    by Howard Seftel on March 20, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Restaurant Rumblings: I'm not a believer in reincarnation. But after following the saga of Mike's Golden Crust, I may have to rethink my position. There may be something to this great mandala stuff after all. If you haven't been paying attention...

    by Howard Seftel on March 13, 1997
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    Brewski & Such

    Copper Canyon Brewing & Alehouse, 5945 West Ray, Chandler, 705-9700. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Ireland's patron saint had quite a life. Born in Britain, the b...

    by Howard Seftel on March 13, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    And the Winner Is . . . : In the movie business, it's the Oscar. In the record business, it's the Grammy. And in the restaurant business, it's the James Beard Award. Right now, the firm of Deloitte & Touche is tabulating the results of the first...

    by Howard Seftel on March 6, 1997
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    Si World

    La Hacienda, Scottsdale Princess resort, 7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale, 585-4848. Hours: Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 11 p.m. The line between "high" and "low" art keeps moving. Once upon a time, S...

    by Howard Seftel on March 6, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Bagelmania: Last year, I devoted a column to the Valley's exploding appetite for bagels. I checked out 15 bakers, and came away depressed at the generally low quality. Since then, four new bagel operations have come to town, so I went off on ano...

    by Howard Seftel on February 27, 1997
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    Tortilla Flash

    Wrap City Grill, 4423 East Thomas, Phoenix, 956-9727. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. We Valley dwellers have a lot of things going for us. But being on the cutting edge o...

    by Howard Seftel on February 27, 1997
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