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    Second Helpings

    Tea for Two: I had such a wonderful time doing afternoon teas at the Phoenician, Ritz-Carlton and Tessa's (see last week's Cafe column) that I couldn't resist taking another excursion. This time it was to downtown Phoenix, at the Teeter House in...

    by Howard Seftel on December 12, 1996
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    Unago Hope

    Yamakasa, 2051 West Warner, Chandler, 899-8868. Hours: Lunch, Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Let's play reverse Family Feud. We surveyed 100 people and as...

    by Howard Seftel on December 12, 1996
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    Mr. Tea

    Phoenician, 6000 East Camelback, Phoenix, 423-2530. Afternoon tea: 3 to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. Your boss suddenly decides to give you the afternoon off. Choose the sentence that best describes how you'll spend the time. a) You finall...

    by Howard Seftel on December 5, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Safe Mex: As we enter the holiday period, Valley dwellers can count on finding three things in their homes: leftover turkey in the refrigerator, Christmas trees in the living room and visitors in the spare bedroom. Many of these out-of-towners a...

    by Howard Seftel on December 5, 1996
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    Insalata Da-Vida

    Arrivederci, 7101 East Thunderbird, Scottsdale, 922-8225. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m. This is the time of year to reflect and count...

    by Howard Seftel on November 28, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Food Mag: Did anybody run across a new, free restaurant monthly called localflavor? Volume I, Number 1 came out in October and aimed at the disposable-income, frequent-diner crowd in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. If you did, you got your hands...

    by Howard Seftel on November 28, 1996
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    Grills' Town

    Pinon Grill, Inn at Regal McCormick Ranch, 7401 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 948-5050. Hours: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. It's no surprise to disc...

    by Howard Seftel on November 21, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Book Notes: Look out for a new restaurant guide that should soon be (dis)gracing the Valley's bookstore shelves. It's called Where the Locals Eat: A Guide to the Best Restaurants in America (Magellan Press, $19.95). What a dud. The publisher cla...

    by Howard Seftel on November 21, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman: Readers certainly have been getting their 32 cents' worth the past few weeks. Ramona Ayashe of Tempe skewered me for bestowing a "Best Middle Eastern Restaurant" award on an Iranian restaurant, Tasty Kabob, in our rec...

    by Howard Seftel on November 14, 1996
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    Mexed Review

    Las Cazuelas, 5150 West McDowell, Phoenix, 278-4885. Hours: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. It's generally understood in the scientific community that biology is destiny. First distinction: man or woman. T...

    by Howard Seftel on November 14, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Restaurant Update: New Valley restaurants are opening so fast I can hardly keep up. Here are some of the more interesting places I'm looking forward to visiting: * Harris': That well-known San Francisco steak house is opening a branch near 32nd ...

    by Howard Seftel on November 7, 1996
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    Resort Card

    Moriah, Renaissance Cottonwoods Resort, 6160 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 991-1414. Hours: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Michelangelo complained about it when he was painting the Sistine Chapel for the ...

    by Howard Seftel on November 7, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Project Slim: Every job comes with some risk. The danger in restaurant reviewing: unwanted pounds. Despite careful eating on nonreview days and a very close relationship with an exercise bicycle, I found myself carting around a few more pound...

    by Howard Seftel on October 31, 1996
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    Six Degrees of Bacon

    Farmhouse, 11421 South Gilbert Road, Gilbert, 926-0676. Hours: Breakfast and Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. I'm not much of a morning person. My blood doesn't usually start stirring until the crack of noon. How do I deal with t...

    by Howard Seftel on October 31, 1996
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    Arbor Patrol

    Zinfandel, 6522 North 16th Street, Phoenix, 277-7887. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. The poets and sages have always been willing to testify to the charms of wine. "In wine there is tru...

    by Howard Seftel on October 24, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Copycats: A few months ago, I spoke with Robert Stempkowski, manager of Richardson's, a longtime Valley New Mexican restaurant favorite at 1582 East Bethany Home. He was upset that some of Richardson's signature dishes were showing up on the men...

    by Howard Seftel on October 24, 1996
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    Slab Report

    Tickle My Ribs, 13610 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 869-7427. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Life in an affluent section of town has its appealing certainties. Residents can generally expect the parks to...

    by Howard Seftel on October 17, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Let's Give Them Something to Pork About: Although the northeast Valley may be somewhat barbecue-challenged (see this week's Cafe review), that doesn't mean barbecue lovers are stranded in the desert. Here are four places that smoke up some mean bones...

    by Howard Seftel on October 17, 1996
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    Steak-Out

    Don & Charlie's, 7501 East Camelback, Scottsdale, 990-0900. Hours: Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m. I strongly suspect that we live in a world teetering on the edge of br...

    by Howard Seftel on October 10, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Neighborhood Update: Restaurant trends may come and go, but there'll always be room for two kinds of places: a reliable neighborhood Chinese restaurant that dishes out all the old favorites, and a dependable, budget-friendly neighborhood joint that d...

    by Howard Seftel on October 10, 1996
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