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    Elite Night Snack

    Wrigley Mansion Club, 2501 East Telawa Trail, Phoenix, 955-4079. Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Wednesday through Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. You've got to hand it to America's old-time robber barons. Sure, the Vanderbilt...

    by Howard Seftel on November 19, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Grin and Beer It: I used to think that just about every possible microbrew niche has been filled. Remember 10 years ago, when the typical supermarket beer case carried Bud, Miller and an occasional foreign six-pack? These days, even the corner grocer...

    by Howard Seftel on November 12, 1998
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    Smoked Sermon

    The Barbecue Company's Grill & Cafe, 4636 South 36th Street, Phoenix, 243-3771. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No one has any trouble praising greatness. But mediocrity rarely gets its due. Perhaps history's most ins...

    by Howard Seftel on November 12, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Safe Mex: There's no shortage of Mexican restaurants in the Valley. But there aren't too many outstanding ones. This week's Mexican-food trip (see Cafe review, page 81) got me thinking about just which ones they are. The following places may be somew...

    by Howard Seftel on November 5, 1998
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    Untouched by an Anglo

    El Conquistador, 15420 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, 493-3913. Hours: Lunch, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Tuesday through Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Lunch and Dinner, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Would you eve...

    by Howard Seftel on November 5, 1998
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    Capisce de Resistance

    Leccabaffi Ristorante, 9719 North Hayden, Scottsdale, 609-0429. Hours: Lunch, Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Tuesday through Sunday, 5 to 11 p.m. My fellow citizens: Today, I announce my candidacy for governor. If my write-in ca...

    by Howard Seftel on October 29, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Restaurant Makeover: It's easy to confuse change with progress. Let's hope confusion between the two doesn't break out at one of the Valley's premier dining spots, the Chaparral Room at the posh Camelback Inn. For umpteen years, folks went to th...

    by Howard Seftel on October 29, 1998
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    Grill Talk

    Montana Grill & Bread Company, 3717 East Indian School Road, Phoenix, 553-8553. Hours: breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Can we talk? It's time we had a discussion about grills. It seems that just about ...

    by Howard Seftel on October 22, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Tough Customers: When you attend the theater, do you demand the actors put on Rent? At football games, do you urge the players to dribble the ball? When you go to a Garth Brooks concert, do you insist he perform a medley of LL Cool J's hits? Of ...

    by Howard Seftel on October 22, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Holding Serve: I got a long, angry note from a waitress who's put in eight years on the job. According to her, "It's getting rugged out here." She wants to remind the public that the server-diner relationship is a two-way street. "Everyone on th...

    by Howard Seftel on October 15, 1998
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    East Side Story

    Crackers & Co. Cafe, 535 West Iron Avenue, Mesa, 898-1717. Hours: Breakfast and Lunch, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., seven days a week; Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. You want affordable housing and good schools? The East Valley's got them. You ...

    by Howard Seftel on October 15, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Bugged: Remember the old joke? Diner: Waiter, there's a fly in my soup. Waiter: Lower your voice! Or everyone else will ask for one. It's not a joke anymore, at least according to an enormously entertaining new book. It's the Eat-A-Bug Co...

    by Howard Seftel on October 8, 1998
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    Diverse Taste Scenario

    Little Saigon, 1588 West Montebello (Christown Mall), Phoenix, 864-7582. Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. A hundred years ago, in America's biggest cities, new neighb...

    by Howard Seftel on October 8, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Taking Stock: I was intrigued to learn that P.F. Chang's, the oh-so-trendy Chinese restaurant, is considering going public. Its operators have filed for an initial public offering, looking to raise almost $60 million from stock to finance expansion. ...

    by Howard Seftel on October 1, 1998
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    Slice Guys

    Santisi Brothers, 2710 West Bell, Phoenix, 789-7979. Hours: Lunch and dinner, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. I moved away 26 years ago, but my family and friends back Ea...

    by Howard Seftel on October 1, 1998
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    Super Savors

    When people meet me and discover what I do for a living, they invariably ask two questions: 1) What's your favorite restaurant? 2) With all the eating you do, how do you keep yourself in such magnificent physical condition, so lean, muscular...

    by Howard Seftel on September 24, 1998
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    Quick-Fixes

    The year is 1961, and people are not very interested in cookbooks. Only 49 cookbooks were published the year before, and even the redoubtable Julia Child is having a difficult time getting her first manuscript, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, ac...

    by Paul Morris on September 17, 1998
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    Noonraker

    Coronado Cafe, 2201 North Seventh Street, Phoenix, 258-5149. Hours: Lunch and early dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. What's the highlight of your workday? For most working stiffs, it's the lunch break. When that noon bell rings, ...

    by Howard Seftel on September 10, 1998
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    Second Helpings

    Home on the Range: I'm not sure if "Cowboy Ciao" is the kind of restaurant name that's going to lure many customers. It sounds a little too cutesy, doesn't it? Initially, I imagined someone named Rocco in the kitchen, jangling the spurs on his b...

    by Howard Seftel on September 10, 1998
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    Mangia Wars

    Coco Pazzo, 4720 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 946-9777. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The old Roman Empire ran out of steam about 1,500 years ago. But it looks li...

    by Howard Seftel on September 3, 1998
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