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    To Ave. and Ave. Not

    European Bistro, 2530 West Camelback, Phoenix, 249-1123. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The conversation flagged at the table next to us, as the couple turned their full attention to polishing off dinner. At me...

    by Howard Seftel on January 16, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    The Claim Game: It seems like every restaurant these days devotes a portion of its menu to "good for you" items. Here you'll see all sorts of appealingly healthful adjectives, as in "cholesterol free," "low fat" and "reduced sodium." You'll also noti...

    by Howard Seftel on January 9, 1997
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    Pita de Resistance

    Al Amir, 8989 East Via Linda, Scottsdale, 661-1137. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; closed Sunday. The Middle East is a bubbling caldron of conflict. The re...

    by Howard Seftel on January 9, 1997
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    Scrimp Cocktail

    China Chili, 3501 North Central, Phoenix, 266-4463. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. Saint Nick is long gone. The tree is down. The presents are put away. The wreaths and lights ...

    by Howard Seftel on January 2, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Budget Deficit: How was your 1996? Did you buy Suns season tickets, hoping to scalp them at a profit? Were you a big-time contributor to the Dole campaign, looking to land an ambassador job? Did you predict a stock-market crash and sell short? U...

    by Howard Seftel on January 2, 1997
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    Second Helpings

    Days of Swine and Roses: A couple of months ago, I wrote an unfavorable review of JQ's Bar-B-Q, a Scottsdale rib house at 6929 North Hayden. Unhappy with my assessment, the proprietor tacked up the column and asked clients for their reactions. H...

    by Howard Seftel on December 26, 1996
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    Little Pig Man

    It's the season for fantasy. Peace on Earth. Goodwill toward men. Understanding bosses. Kindly landlords. Unindicted political leaders. Sometimes my mind wanders off into restaurant fantasy. One of the few drawbacks of this job is the love-'em-a...

    by Howard Seftel on December 26, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Message to Santa: Peace on Earth? Goodwill toward men? A Christmas bonus? Some things, I guess, are beyond even Santa's powers. For five years running, I've been sending Santa a Christmas letter of restaurant demands. He hasn't been listening. I...

    by Howard Seftel on December 19, 1996
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    Youth Wants to Gnaw

    Tucchetti, Town & Country Shopping Center, 20th Street and Camelback, Phoenix, 957-0222. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 11:15 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11:15 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m. So...

    by Howard Seftel on December 19, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Tea for Two: I had such a wonderful time doing afternoon teas at the Phoenician, Ritz-Carlton and Tessa's (see last week's Cafe column) that I couldn't resist taking another excursion. This time it was to downtown Phoenix, at the Teeter House in...

    by Howard Seftel on December 12, 1996
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    Unago Hope

    Yamakasa, 2051 West Warner, Chandler, 899-8868. Hours: Lunch, Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Let's play reverse Family Feud. We surveyed 100 people and as...

    by Howard Seftel on December 12, 1996
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    Mr. Tea

    Phoenician, 6000 East Camelback, Phoenix, 423-2530. Afternoon tea: 3 to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. Your boss suddenly decides to give you the afternoon off. Choose the sentence that best describes how you'll spend the time. a) You finall...

    by Howard Seftel on December 5, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Safe Mex: As we enter the holiday period, Valley dwellers can count on finding three things in their homes: leftover turkey in the refrigerator, Christmas trees in the living room and visitors in the spare bedroom. Many of these out-of-towners a...

    by Howard Seftel on December 5, 1996
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    Insalata Da-Vida

    Arrivederci, 7101 East Thunderbird, Scottsdale, 922-8225. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m. This is the time of year to reflect and count...

    by Howard Seftel on November 28, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Food Mag: Did anybody run across a new, free restaurant monthly called localflavor? Volume I, Number 1 came out in October and aimed at the disposable-income, frequent-diner crowd in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. If you did, you got your hands...

    by Howard Seftel on November 28, 1996
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    Grills' Town

    Pinon Grill, Inn at Regal McCormick Ranch, 7401 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 948-5050. Hours: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. It's no surprise to disc...

    by Howard Seftel on November 21, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Book Notes: Look out for a new restaurant guide that should soon be (dis)gracing the Valley's bookstore shelves. It's called Where the Locals Eat: A Guide to the Best Restaurants in America (Magellan Press, $19.95). What a dud. The publisher cla...

    by Howard Seftel on November 21, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman: Readers certainly have been getting their 32 cents' worth the past few weeks. Ramona Ayashe of Tempe skewered me for bestowing a "Best Middle Eastern Restaurant" award on an Iranian restaurant, Tasty Kabob, in our rec...

    by Howard Seftel on November 14, 1996
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    Mexed Review

    Las Cazuelas, 5150 West McDowell, Phoenix, 278-4885. Hours: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. It's generally understood in the scientific community that biology is destiny. First distinction: man or woman. T...

    by Howard Seftel on November 14, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Restaurant Update: New Valley restaurants are opening so fast I can hardly keep up. Here are some of the more interesting places I'm looking forward to visiting: * Harris': That well-known San Francisco steak house is opening a branch near 32nd ...

    by Howard Seftel on November 7, 1996
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