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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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    The Loin King

    The Stockyards Restaurant, 5001 East Washington, Phoenix, 273-7378. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, 5 p.m. to close, seven nights a week. During the last generation, certain forms of once-tolerated behavior have come...

    by Howard Seftel on February 20, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Highlights and Lowlights: Nation's Restaurant News, an industry magazine, recently asked top chefs about their best-selling and worst-selling dishes. The ingenuity and appeal of the popular dishes jump right out at you. Who could resist cold-smo...

    by Howard Seftel on February 20, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Look Back in Hunger: This week marks my fifth anniversary on the restaurant-review beat. During these 260 weeks, I've had more than 1,000 meals out, at more than 600 different establishments. Most of the time, there's been nothing very memorable...

    by Howard Seftel on February 13, 1997
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    Dungeness & Flagons

    Joe's Crab Shack, 1604 East Southern, Tempe, 730-0303. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Someone once said that the special genius of the capitalist system is that no one i...

    by Howard Seftel on February 13, 1997
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    The Love Bloat

    The Latilla, Boulders Resort, 34631 North Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, 488-9009. Hours: Dinner, 6 to 9:30 p.m., seven nights a week. Gentlemen, get out your wallets. Guys have it easy on most of their gals' special days. It's your anni...

    by Howard Seftel on February 6, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Heart Smart: If your sweetie requires high-end Valentine's Day dining (see Cafe column on page 73), consider setting the alarm bells off on your Visa account at these swanky spots: * Chaparral Restaurant (Marriott's Camelback Inn, 5402 East Linc...

    by Howard Seftel on February 6, 1997
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    Au Courant Fare

    Zinzibar, 3815 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 990-9256. Hours: Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. Back in the early 1990s, when this town was in deep recession (remember the "Bank Foreclosure"...

    by Howard Seftel on January 30, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Say Cheese: I've just come across a terrific book that's probably the last word on cheese. It's Cheese Primer by Steven Jenkins (Workman, $16.95). Jenkins is a cheese whiz. He started his career at Dean & DeLuca, New York's famed specialty food ...

    by Howard Seftel on January 30, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Restaurant Update: There's no letup in the rush to open new restaurants in the Valley. Among the establishments I'm looking forward to checking out: * The Famous Door: It's in the old Daa's Thai location, at 7419 Indian Plaza in Scottsdale, just...

    by Howard Seftel on January 23, 1997
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    Dogie Bag

    Mining Camp Restaurant & Trading Post, 1U2 mile off Highway 88, four miles past Apache Junction, 982-3181. Hours: Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. Open November through May. Every year about this time, Arizonans ...

    by Howard Seftel on January 23, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    English Only: Eating a bad meal puts me in an unpleasant mood. And reading a bad meal makes me almost as upset. Maybe it's the former professor in me. But whenever I see a menu full of glaring grammatical and spelling errors, my stomach turns as...

    by Howard Seftel on January 16, 1997
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    To Ave. and Ave. Not

    European Bistro, 2530 West Camelback, Phoenix, 249-1123. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The conversation flagged at the table next to us, as the couple turned their full attention to polishing off dinner. At me...

    by Howard Seftel on January 16, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    The Claim Game: It seems like every restaurant these days devotes a portion of its menu to "good for you" items. Here you'll see all sorts of appealingly healthful adjectives, as in "cholesterol free," "low fat" and "reduced sodium." You'll also noti...

    by Howard Seftel on January 9, 1997
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    Pita de Resistance

    Al Amir, 8989 East Via Linda, Scottsdale, 661-1137. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; closed Sunday. The Middle East is a bubbling caldron of conflict. The re...

    by Howard Seftel on January 9, 1997
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    Scrimp Cocktail

    China Chili, 3501 North Central, Phoenix, 266-4463. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. Saint Nick is long gone. The tree is down. The presents are put away. The wreaths and lights ...

    by Howard Seftel on January 2, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Budget Deficit: How was your 1996? Did you buy Suns season tickets, hoping to scalp them at a profit? Were you a big-time contributor to the Dole campaign, looking to land an ambassador job? Did you predict a stock-market crash and sell short? U...

    by Howard Seftel on January 2, 1997
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