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    AMERICAN REGION HAUL

    Iowa Cafe, 5606 East McKellips, Mesa, 985-2022. Hours: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Breakfast and Lunch, Saturday, 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Think of the three most popular types of et...

    by Howard Seftel on September 14, 1995
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    WHOSE SOY NOW?

    Oriental Gourmet, 322 East Camelback, Phoenix, 285-0353. Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Six years ago, when I first came to town, I asked a friend who'd been living here since 1974 fo...

    by Howard Seftel on September 7, 1995
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    AFTERNOON DELIGHT

    In Luis Buuel's Belle de Jour, Catherine Deneuve plays Severine, a young Parisian housewife. Her husband is a rich, great-looking doctor (Jean Sorel) who adores her, and toward whom she is frigid. She drifts into an afternoon job as an upscale prost...

    by M.V. Moorhead on September 7, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    For Whom the Bell Tolls: The trip back from northern Arizona to the Valley along I-17 may satisfy your longings for scenery, but it doesn't offer much hope for tamping down hunger pangs. There's the wonderful Rock Springs Cafe, at exit 242 by ...

    by Howard Seftel on September 7, 1995
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    SHORE THING

    Chart House, 7255 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, 951-1733. Hours: Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. Remember this old Twilight Zone episode? The Earth has slipped out of its customary orbit, and is cir...

    by Howard Seftel on August 31, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    Biting the Big Apple: A trip back to New York always produces three effects: I'm civil to relatives I fled from 25 years ago, I hang out with old pals and relive my youth, and I spend an unconscionable amount of money eating out. I still don't get ...

    by Howard Seftel on August 31, 1995
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    MEXICAN STAND-OFF

    La Guadalupana, 2243 North 16th Street, Phoenix, 254-5114. Hours: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche thought that mankind continually struggled with two conflicting impulses. On the...

    by Howard Seftel on August 24, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    Mexican Compromise: Sometimes people want Mexican food with a little less south-of-the-border authenticity than La Guadalupana's, but with a lot more zip than B.F.I.T.'s (see this week's Cafe review). In fact, that's what I was looking for a couple...

    by Howard Seftel on August 24, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    Bye-bye BYOB: Maybe the Arizona Legislature has a little too much time on its hands. Why else pass a bill, like the one that went into effect last month, forbidding customers from bringing their own wine or beer to restaurants? Our elected guardians ...

    by Howard Seftel on August 23, 1995
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    TWIST OF FETA

    Greekfest, 1940 East Camelback, Phoenix, 265-2990. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m. For individuals, biology is dest...

    by Howard Seftel on August 23, 1995
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    FEAST AND FAMINE

    The Restaurant, the Ritz-Carlton, 2401 East Camelback, Phoenix, 468-0700. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Most of us nine-to-fivers look forward to the lunch break, but not because it's the day's culinary high po...

    by Howard Seftel on August 10, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    Dish Jockey: When you eat out as often as I do, a dish has got to be pretty good to make you sit up and notice. Here are some that have caught my attention over the past few months: Ahoi phannee at Malee's on Main, 7131 East Main, Scottsdale...

    by Howard Seftel on August 10, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    Sea Fever: Today's review of Il Pescatore got me thinking about ethnic seafood. If you're looking to go beyond grilled salmon or saut?ed scallops for more provocatively prepared ocean fare, check out these places: * C-Fu Gourmet, 6438 South McCl...

    by Howard Seftel on July 27, 1995
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    SURF ON TURF

    Oyster Grill, 455 North Third Street (Arizona Center), Phoenix, 252-6767. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week. Most people in the Valley have moved here from someplace else. And sometimes they have a hard t...

    by Howard Seftel on July 27, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    China Chow: When I first came to Phoenix, Gourmet House of Hong Kong was the only place in town to get serious, Chinatown-quality Chinese food. Over the next few years, though, worthy competitors started to spring up, like C-Fu Gourmet in Temp...

    by Howard Seftel on July 20, 1995
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    ONE ZINGS, THE OTHER DOESN'T

    Backstage Restaurant and Bar, 7373 Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, 949-1697. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. What's the difference between a restaurant run by an indivi...

    by Howard Seftel on July 20, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    Class Act: Stung by a negative review, restaurant proprietors react the same way most people do when criticized: They get angry, defensive and hostile. Not Derick Macdonald, general manager at Red Lion's swanky La Posada resort. After I b...

    by Howard Seftel on July 13, 1995
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    NORTHERN EXPOSURE

    8700, 8700 East Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, 994-8700. Hours: Dinner, 6 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. It's not very easy to interest Phoenicians in a July auto trip, unless the car is headed to San Diego. But I just visited a couple of dis...

    by Howard Seftel on July 13, 1995
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    SECOND SERVE

    Marco Polo Supper Club, 8608 East Shea, Scottsdale, 483-1900. Hours: Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. When it comes to watching summertime television reruns, you know just what you're going to se...

    by Howard Seftel on July 6, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    High and Mighty: That's the impression I get from Top of the Rock, the fine-dining restaurant at the Buttes resort, at 2000 Westcourt Way in Tempe. This place continues to deliver one of the best food/setting/view combinations in town. It has ...

    by Howard Seftel on July 6, 1995
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