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    Second Helpings

    Done to a Turn: You've read through the menu and decided on your entree--maybe a steak, prime rib or lamb chops. The server asks how you'd like your meat cooked. Medium-rare, you answer, since that's the way you've always ordered it. But when yo...

    by Howard Seftel on October 3, 1996
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    For the Halibut

    San Diego Bay Restaurant, 9201 South Avenida del Yaqui, Guadalupe, 839-2991. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. We Americans can do a lot of things better than foreigners ...

    by Howard Seftel on October 3, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Ve Haf Vays of Making You Eat: The staff at a casual eating spot in the tony Borgata could probably benefit from a couple of extra minutes of training, if you can believe one patron's story. At lunch recently, she asked the young server what the...

    by Howard Seftel on September 26, 1996
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    Linguini Bopper

    Che Bella Tuscan Grill & Bakery, Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Phoenix, 956-5705. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight. What comes to mind when you thi...

    by Howard Seftel on September 26, 1996
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    Servers Turn the Tables

    Striving for perfection isn't supposed to be a restaurant customer's job. The typical American diner is like royalty, to be treated with the respect due any divine creature. This is a service-oriented society, by God, and that means if the wait time ...

    by Ray Stern on September 19, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Skewered Beef: If CNN ever wants to do a Crossfire episode about restaurants instead of politics, RoxSand Scocos and Paul Fleming would make a feisty pair of combatants. Back in June, RoxSand wrote a guest column. In it, she excoriated meat eate...

    by Howard Seftel on September 12, 1996
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    West by Southeast Asia

    Spring Restaurant, 5850 North 43rd Avenue, Glendale, 937-2195. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Like the Loch Ness monster and Sasquatch, the cheap-ethnic-restaurant gem i...

    by Howard Seftel on September 12, 1996
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    Vacant, Lettuce and Tomato

    Charlie's Grill, Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 West Dunlap, Phoenix, 371-2747. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, 5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Once upon a time, the only people who ate in hotel dining rooms wer...

    by Howard Seftel on September 5, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Trendspotting: Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer (although, unfortunately, not the end of the heat). As natives start emerging from their homes and snowbirds and tourists begin filling up the Valley, restaurants are busy getting ready f...

    by Howard Seftel on September 5, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Return of the Native: About a year ago I wrote a less-than-glowing review of Tarbell's Restaurant, a glitzy, trendy, pricey bistro that boastfully styled itself a "great American restaurant" the moment it opened. I saw potential, but, at the time, Ta...

    by Howard Seftel on August 29, 1996
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    Ethnicity Lights

    Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, 8946 North 19th Avenue, Phoenix, 870-4555. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. How can you tell if a city is boomin...

    by Howard Seftel on August 29, 1996
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    Meating of the Minds - In defense of Valley carnivores

    Guest Columnist Last time Howard Seftel and his tortured taste buds took off, guest columnist/chef RoxSand Scocos wrote about eating less meat. Now Seftel's done it again. What's an editor to do? We invited Paul M. Fleming to continue the dialogu...

    by Paul M. Fleming on August 22, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Restaurant Update: There is supposed to be a slow time for Valley restaurants, but business seems to be just as hot as the weather. Look for these new places: La Tache World Bistro & Wine Bar, at 4175 Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale, just ...

    by Howard Seftel on August 15, 1996
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    Moveable Feasts

    Altos, 5029 North 44th Street, Phoenix, 808-0890. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30 to 11 p.m. According to experts, the four most stressful exp...

    by Howard Seftel on August 15, 1996
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    North Forks

    Chez Marc Bistro, 503 North Humphreys, Flagstaff, 1-520-774-1343. Hours: Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, 5:30 to 9 p.m., seven days a week. No matter how many years you've endured the July and August desert heat, you can't really get use...

    by Howard Seftel on August 8, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    On the Road: Thank goodness the weekend in northern Arizona (see this week's Cafe column) wasn't my only summer escape. I spent some time in Quebec, Canada, maybe the most charming town in North America. Sure, I got worked up over the touri...

    by Howard Seftel on August 8, 1996
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    Mill-Order Catalogue

    Crocodile Cafe, 525 South Mill, Tempe, 966-5883. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight. Even though summer vacation is now in full swing, within a few weeks 40,000 ASU stud...

    by Howard Seftel on August 1, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Binge and Splurge: In this casual town, where sometimes even shoes and socks are a form of overdressing, there aren't too many opportunities to put on your best duds. But you'll want to haul them out for dinner at Mary Elaine's. These days, this...

    by Howard Seftel on August 1, 1996
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    Tales of the Ziti

    Pasta Brioni, 4416 North Miller, Scottsdale, 994-0028. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. I spotted one of the giant new shopping centers that seem to be springing up these da...

    by Howard Seftel on July 25, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Up on the Woof: My friends know I'm not much of an animal lover. Or, to be more precise, a pet lover. Despite my feelings, we've had a creature sleeping on the premises for six years, a cat my wife took in when I made the mistake of leaving town for ...

    by Howard Seftel on July 25, 1996
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