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    Second Helpings

    Get Lost: What were the worst-selling dishes that chefs cooked up last year? Nation's Restaurant News, an industry journal, recently asked well-known chefs about their biggest 1995 menu flops. Among the specialties that diners rejected: * Ve...

    by Howard Seftel on February 29, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Restaurant Update: Get out your wallets, Phoenix. Morton's is coming to town. Morton's and Ruth's Chris are the two major contenders in the high-end steak-house-chain wars, battling it out in dozens of cities all across America. And now they're ...

    by Howard Seftel on February 22, 1996
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    Rib-Stickers

    Mueller's Black Forest Inn, 4441 North Buckboard Trail, Scottsdale, 9703504. Hours: Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 5 to 9p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5to 10p.m. Want to see magnificent castles? Go to Eastern Europe. Want to visit the battlefield...

    by Howard Seftel on February 22, 1996
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    Nothin' but Net

    Steamed Blues, 4843 North Eighth Place, Phoenix, 9662722. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11a.m. to 11 p.m. People frequently ask me, "Where can I get good seafood?" I tell them: San Fra...

    by Howard Seftel on February 15, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Food for Thought: You've decided to open a restaurant. Which facet of the business gets most of your attention? a) developing a menu b) hiring a chef c) starting a network of suppliers d) training employees e) finding the right l...

    by Howard Seftel on February 15, 1996
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    Heart Healthy

    Le Sans Souci, 7030 East Bella Vista Drive, Cave Creek, 488-2856. Hours: Lunch, Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner, Tuesday through Sunday, 5to 10 p.m. Guys have a hard time dealing with Valentine's...

    by Howard Seftel on February 8, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Be My Valentine: If your Valentine requires high-end dining, you have lots of options. Among the best: Chaparral Restaurant (Marriott's Camelback Inn, 5402 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, 948-6644): Like true love, the timeless dishes here ...

    by Howard Seftel on February 8, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Sweet Life: O.J. goes free. Bill Bidwill buys out Buddy Ryan's contract for millions. Shielded by trust funds and a rich wife, Fife Symington may walk away from a mountain of debt. Just "desserts"? These creeps will never get theirs. And we won'...

    by Howard Seftel on February 1, 1996
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    Rise and Dine

    Terrace Dining Room, Phoenician resort, 6000 East Camelback, Phoenix, 941-8200. Hours: Breakfast, Monday through Saturday, 6 to 11a.m.; Sunday, 6 to 10 a.m. "And what room shall I charge the meal to?" asked the smiling waitress at the luxurious ...

    by Howard Seftel on February 1, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Reviewing the Situation: The proprietor of a Scottsdale restaurant wasn't too thrilled with my review of his place. He sent me a civil letter assuring me that what I had experienced was "a reflection of what the restaurant was and not what it ha...

    by Howard Seftel on January 25, 1996
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    Chain Action

    Cozymel's, 7373 East Shea, Scottsdale, 5962150. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Stick a compass point at the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard. From t...

    by Howard Seftel on January 25, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Book Notes: Sometimes I think the next best thing to good eating is good reading about eating. If you share that view, you may want to take a look at the current issue of Granta (Winter 1995), called Food: The Vital Stuff. Granta is an English quarte...

    by Howard Seftel on January 18, 1996
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    Mexican, Old and New

    Old Town Tortilla Factory, 6910 East Main, Scottsdale, 9454567. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Dinner, Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m. There seem to be two types of resta...

    by Howard Seftel on January 18, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman: Let's dip into the mailbag and give the readers their 32 cents worth. One correspondent, a proprietor of a west-side restaurant, thinks I am too hard on that section of town. She was responding to a review I wrote abo...

    by Howard Seftel on January 11, 1996
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    Grub Steak

    The Barn Steak House, 6508 West Bell, Glendale, 9795811. Hours: Dinner, Tuesday through Sunday, 4p.m. to close. Nature's ceaseless, unchanging seasonal rhythms bring a welcome predictability to what seems to be a capricious, chaotic world. It's ...

    by Howard Seftel on January 11, 1996
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    The Price Is Slight

    Centro Cafe & Bakery, 2831 North 24th Street, Phoenix, 224-9235. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Friday, 11a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dinner, Saturday, 4 to 9p.m.; closed Sunday. We're only a few days into 1996, and my resolution to carry out my re...

    by Howard Seftel on January 4, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Just Desserts: If you want to begin the year on a sweet note, I recommend a visit to Global Village Pastries and Java. It's a small sandwich-and-pastry shop that operates out of a nondescript Bell Road strip-mall storefront. (There's also a bran...

    by Howard Seftel on January 4, 1996
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    Holiday on Rice

    The fantasy doesn't end on December 25. A lot of the holiday spirit spills over into the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Despite the inevitable spats, most families have made it through the annual get-together without bloodshed. At th...

    by Howard Seftel on December 28, 1995
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    Second Helpings

    Weight Watch: During this pre-New Year's week, masses of people will be making resolutions to go on a diet in 1996. Yes, it's important not to be grossly overweight. But the mania for counting calories and fat grams is getting out of hand. Especially...

    by Howard Seftel on December 28, 1995
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    Out for the Holidays

    Our Gang Cafe, 9832 North Seventh Street, Phoenix, 870-4122. Hours: Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 4:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4:30 to 11 p.m. Today's Jeopardy! answer: Sleep 'til noon, whine about boredom and eat a week's worth of g...

    by Howard Seftel on December 21, 1995
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