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    SECOND HELPINGS

    Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: A friend of mine recounted this weird tale of a recent Saturday-night meal at a lively north central Southwestern-food hot spot. Between the appetizer and entree courses, a dazed dog wandered in from the street, staggere...

    by Howard Seftel on April 27, 1995
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    HEALTH'S KITCHEN

    Flying Crane, 730 East Brown, Mesa, 835-6073. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 8:30 p.m. For a guy who used to believe that onion rings, jelly doug...

    by Howard Seftel on April 27, 1995
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    THE GRILL FROM IPANEMA

    Cafe Brazil, 3239 East Indian School, Phoenix, 955-0060. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Wednesday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 5 to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Phoenix certainly ha...

    by Howard Seftel on April 20, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    Food for Thought: It sounds like a good idea, doesn't it? Restaurant News, an industry trade paper, reports that a New York hunger-relief agency has opened up the city's first, and only, full-service restaurant that accepts food stamps. One Ci...

    by Howard Seftel on April 20, 1995
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    LOSING AT THE TABLES

    Harvest Restaurant, Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino, 17 miles west of I-10, exit 162A, Maricopa Road, 1-800-427-7247. Hours: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Five hundred years ago, the European invaders came and stol...

    by Howard Seftel on April 13, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    The Triumph of the Grill: It looks like barbecue fans are in for a mighty swine time this week. The Great Arizona Rib Roundup kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday. Rib houses from around the country are displaying their bones downtown at C...

    by Howard Seftel on April 6, 1995
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    TOTALLY BASTED

    Hap's Real Pit BBQ, 101 South 24th Street, Phoenix, 267-0181. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday. American pork producers have spent a fortune promoting their pro...

    by Howard Seftel on April 6, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    Whatever Nola Wants: Looks like it's time to delete permanently the lukewarm review of Nola's Cocina Mexicana that's been molding in my computer system. The casually upscale Mexican restaurant has been doing less than stupendous business since it ope...

    by Howard Seftel on March 30, 1995
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    HYPE AND GLORY

    ACG (Arizona Cafe and Grill), 3113 East Lincoln, Phoenix, 957-0777. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Over the past couple of months, the Valley's restaurant buzz has been swirling...

    by Howard Seftel on March 30, 1995
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    MOM SQUAD

    R.J.'s Osborn Restaurant, 2333 East Osborn, Phoenix, 956-4420. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. What makes the words "home cooking" so appealing? They conjure up such gauzy, nostalgic visions: Mom working ...

    by Howard Seftel on March 23, 1995
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    SECOND HELPING

    Single Serving: It's hard being a person with gourmet tastes and no one to share them with. Enjoying great food is a lot like sex: It's usually better when you have company. A new-to-Phoenix group doesn't promise to do anything for your libido, but i...

    by Howard Seftel on March 23, 1995
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    SECOND HELPING

    Eire Apparent: Almost 1,600 years ago, Saint Patrick converted Irish heathens to Christianity and drove all the snakes out of Ireland. On Friday, we celebrate that happy event by dressing in green and consuming enormous quantities of alcohol. It does...

    by Howard Seftel on March 16, 1995
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    TANDOOR LOVING FARE

    Royal Taj, 1845 East Broadway, Tempe, 967-5234. Hours: Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., seven days a week; Dinner, 5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Five questions I get all the time: 1. "Do restaurants know who you are?" (No.) 2. "Whe...

    by Howard Seftel on March 16, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    Steak-Out: One of the Valley's hottest restaurant rumors concerns Morton's, the upscale Chicago steak house that has been opening branches all over the country the past few years. Phoenix is on the new site list, so I thought I'd get a preview by che...

    by Howard Seftel on March 9, 1995
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    BUOY MEETS GILL

    Whale and Ale, 1401 East Bell Road, Phoenix, 942-0644. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, 5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week; Sunday brunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Even though our ancestors crawled out of the ...

    by Howard Seftel on March 9, 1995
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    OYS N THE HOOD

    Pastrami's, 5930 West Greenway Road, Glendale, 938-5900. Hours: Breakfast and Lunch, Sunday and Monday, 9 a.m to 2 p.m.; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For all the sophistication and variety on the V...

    by Howard Seftel on March 2, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    Yanqui, Come Here: What's pressure for a restaurant critic? It's having to choose a dinner spot for fussy out-of-town friends. One of my group, having gone through Weight Watchers' assertiveness training, is notoriously hard to please. Watching ...

    by Howard Seftel on March 2, 1995
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    MORN A MAN CAN TAKE

    Munch a Bagel, 5114 North Seventh Street, Phoenix, 264-1975. Hours: Breakfast and Lunch, Tuesday through Sunday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Are you one of those morning people who wake up at full speed and leap out of bed hungry and rarin' to go? Do ...

    by Howard Seftel on February 23, 1995
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    SECOND HELPLINGS

    Trays of Our Lives, Part Deux: Seven Maricopa County employees have passed along their disagreement with my negative assessment of Sutton's, a downtown cafeteria located at 101 West Jefferson, in the Superior Court building. They write: We ar...

    by Howard Seftel on February 23, 1995
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    SECOND HELPINGS

    Middle East Shift: One of my favorite mom-and-pop eating and grocery spots, Yusef's, at 15238 North Cave Creek Road in Phoenix, has changed hands. The former proprietor, sensing the possibility of peace and prosperity, is thinking of returning to ...

    by Howard Seftel on February 16, 1995
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