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    Pros and Connoisseurs

    Brio, 7243 East Camelback, Scottsdale, 947-0795. Hours: Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m. Sometimes, there's no substitute for experience. A couple of veteran Valley ...

    by Howard Seftel on July 11, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Dead and Berried: That's what I feel like after most meals out these days. Will someone please explain to me why just about every other dish that lands on my table seems to have berries in it? Are all the chefs in town working from the same recipe bo...

    by Howard Seftel on July 11, 1996
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    Fabled d'hote

    Wrigley Mansion, 2501 East Telawa Trail, Phoenix, 955-4079. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Eating at a landmark spot gives most folks a real tingle. When you dine at the E...

    by Howard Seftel on July 4, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Chocolate Alert: Sampling a piece of fine chocolate can be a dangerous experience. Like first-growth wine, good coffee or a slab of prime-grade beef, top-quality chocolate can be addicting. What's worse, once you've had it, it's almost impossible to ...

    by Howard Seftel on July 4, 1996
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    Sizzle Shtick

    Carvers, 10825 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 998-8777. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 4:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. A few weeks ago, I reviewed Morto...

    by Howard Seftel on June 27, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Some Like It Haute: What's the Valley's best Mexican restaurant? Italian restaurant? Chinese restaurant? You can make a case for at least ten restaurants in each category. But when it comes to high-end, gourmet dining, there's only one contender...

    by Howard Seftel on June 27, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Star Light, Star Bright: Almost two centuries ago, the French philosopher of the kitchen, gastronome Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, observed that "the discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star." The m...

    by Howard Seftel on June 20, 1996
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    Gorge West, Young Man

    Jacka's Back Alley Grille, 5739 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale, 274-1998. Hours: Dinner, Thursday through Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. Build them, and I will come. That's what I've been telling disgruntled west-siders, who continually urge me to un...

    by Howard Seftel on June 20, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Java Man, Part One: I generally do a pretty good job suppressing my rare snobby tendencies. But I admit I'm insufferable when it comes to the subject of coffee. That's because I can't afford too many luxuries in life: no Lexus, no two-week cruis...

    by Howard Seftel on June 13, 1996
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    To Skewer, With Love

    Wine & Kebab, 10135 East Via Linda, Scottsdale, 614-1414. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dinner, Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m. During the Cold War, one wag tried to sum up the difference between the Soviet and America...

    by Howard Seftel on June 13, 1996
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    Menu for a Small Planet

    Cafe heavy-hitter Howard Seftel is on vacation. This week, we've asked chef RoxSand Scocos, who, with her husband Spyros, owns RoxSand restaurant and bar (2594 East Camelback), to step up to the plate, so to speak. She's just taped a slot for PBS' ...

    by RoxSand Scocos on June 6, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Sunday Services: There aren't too many activities that can get me out of my pajamas and out of the house before noon on Sunday. One of them is Sunday brunch at the Terrace Dining Room, at the Phoenician. I hadn't been there for a while. Some thi...

    by Howard Seftel on May 30, 1996
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    We Meat Again

    Morton's:The Steakhouse, Shops at the Esplanade, 2425 East Camelback, Phoenix, 955-9577. Hours: Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 5:30 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m. Excess on occasion is moderating. It keeps moderation from becoming a habit. ...

    by Howard Seftel on May 30, 1996
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    Bialy High

    A Martian walks into a bake shop and calls over the proprietor. "What are those little wheels?" the alien asks. "Those aren't wheels," replies the baker, "they're bagels. Try one." The Martian takes a bite. "Man," he exclaims, his face brigh...

    by Howard Seftel on May 23, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Book Notes: With some foods, you have to make an effort before you reach the good stuff. Think of peeling artichokes or shucking oysters. It's the same with some books. In the case of Kitchens: The Culture of Restaurant Work, a new study by soci...

    by Howard Seftel on May 23, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    This Little Piggy Went to Market: What's the key to entrepreneurial success? Identifying a need and filling it. That's what Circle K's executives seem to have done. They've opened up Emily's Market in demographically rich Chandler. It's an upsca...

    by Howard Seftel on May 16, 1996
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    Ribber, Phoenix

    Buck-A-Rue Bar-B-Que, 15840 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, 971-6107. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Every one of life's pleasures, someone once said, is illegal, immoral or fattening. I don't get most ...

    by Howard Seftel on May 16, 1996
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    Si, We Have No Burritos!

    Carlsbad Tavern, 3309 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 970-8164. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Dinner, Sunday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. People crave variety in all sorts of ways. Some of us wait breathlessly for ...

    by Howard Seftel on May 9, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Roman Holiday: There's no shortage of Italian restaurants in the Valley. Local folklore says there are more Italian places here than any other ethnic variety, including Mexican. But there's not necessarily strength in numbers. Most of these rest...

    by Howard Seftel on May 9, 1996
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    A Mother Time, a Mother Place

    Desert Princess, Pleasant Harbor Marina, Lake Pleasant, 230-7600. Hours: Lunch cruise, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner cruise, Friday, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Flower-shop owners look forward ...

    by Howard Seftel on May 2, 1996
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