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Valley Vixen Valley Vixen
Ho still needs a few new tricks
, January 12, 2006
Like Scottsdale really needs another Ho, one more glamour gal about town who lives to slink sexily through Valley nightlife, turning heads,... More >>
Beggar's Banquet Beggar's Banquet
Sticking a fork in 2005
, January 05, 2006
Selective amnesia and creative revisionism run rampant this time of year, like social diseases in a pre-penicillin bordello. I can't frown too... More >>
The Razor's Edge The Razor's Edge
New Caribbean spot is all over the map
, December 29, 2005
Anyone remember Uptown 713, that ghastly excuse for a grub-ateria that once occupied a little shoebox-size space behind Apollo's Lounge, near... More >>
Christmas Carumba Christmas Carumba
Owners can't spell, but man, can they cook
, December 22, 2005
It's as if jolly ol' Saint Nick himself laid a massive Yule log right in front of my Xmas fir with a missive ordering me to burn, baby, burn.... More >>
Pig  Pickin' Pig Pickin'
Right on 'cue
, December 15, 2005
George Miller keeps the good stuff in a jug behind the counter of his small, nine-month-old Carolina-style 'cue joint, Restaurant 28, in a... More >>
Lady of Spain Lady of Spain
, December 08, 2005
When it comes to dining, or any other aspect of existence worth writing about, I consider myself simpatico with Ray Milland's quip in Billy... More >>
Oh, Fenix Fair
Standards done well
, December 01, 2005
What am I to do with a restaurant so studiously unambitious as the still-neonatal Fenix Eatery and Bar, ensconced in the small, dowdy "Arcadia... More >>
Crane & Q Crane & Q
Bob and Bobby McGee's
, November 24, 2005
The ghost of Bob Crane led me to Bobby-Q, though the star of the '60s sitcom Hogan's Heroes didn't stick around to help me eat my ribs. I should... More >>
Iron Chef Iron Chef
Maybe the Valley's best
, November 17, 2005
Cave Creek might as well be the dark side of the moon as far as this city mouse is concerned. I know, I know. It's scenic and all that crap, but... More >>
Spice War Spice War
Not just mad about it
, November 10, 2005
According to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Anubis, the jackal-headed judge of the underworld, weighs the hearts of men against the feather of... More >>
Hat Trick Hat Trick
About as Moroccan as Mo Rocca
, November 03, 2005
For some, the word "fez" might conjure up romantic images of the ancient Moroccan city of Fez with its walled medina and medieval mosques, the... More >>
Short Loin Legends Short Loin Legends
Too much at steak
, October 27, 2005
Regarding the fleeting nature of human achievement, I'm reminded of the words of that controversial icon of early cinema, director D.W. Griffith,... More >>
Mercado Madness Mercado Madness
Meanwhile, back at the Ranch
, October 20, 2005
I've had it up to here with work, so I've decided to phone in my column from the thriving Mexican city in which I'm vacationing. I'm seated on a... More >>
Nighthawk Noshes Nighthawk Noshes
Beyond the diner
, October 13, 2005
If Gotham is the city that never sleeps, then culinarily speaking, Phoenix gets all its beauty rest and then some. The primary complaint I hear... More >>
Dragon Catcher Dragon Catcher
Chow yum
, October 06, 2005
Super Dragon, I know, sounds like one of those fantastic drawings Jon Heder does while portraying ultra-nerd Napoleon Dynamite in the flick of... More >>
¡Tortas Gigantes! ¡Tortas Gigantes!
They fill your pan
, September 29, 2005
I have been to the mountaintop, and, yes, I've eaten it, because that's just the kind of guy I am. The edible pinnacle of which I speak is as... More >>
Hurts So Good Hurts So Good
They'll Thai you up
, September 22, 2005
Unless you have a tongue made of cast iron and a mouth lined with ceramic tiles, the clear noodle salad at Sala Thai Restaurant on 32nd Street, a... More >>
Chain Gang Chain Gang
Hunger's not so bad
, September 15, 2005
Are all restaurant chains doomed to suck eggs like Old Yeller? Not necessarily. It's hard to find fault with a Chambord margarita from Z'Tejas,... More >>
The View From Vu The View From Vu
Great American nouvelle
, September 08, 2005
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: That's what -- poof -- appears in my cranium like a two-bit magician behind a puff of smoke as I walk back... More >>
Tables Turned Tables Turned
Disarming hospitality
, September 01, 2005
My nostrils are so filled with the stink of keister-kissing by the other restaurant critics in this city that I long for nothing more than the... More >>
Tower of Pizza Tower of Pizza
Live and let pie
, August 25, 2005
The most superlative pizza I've ever scarfed was from storefront pizzerias in Manhattan and Brooklyn, usually after stumbling out of some tavern.... More >>
Dim Sum Days Dim Sum Days
The best à la cart(e)
, August 18, 2005
The only deity I've ever had a personal affinity for is that corpulent, jolly "buddha" with a small "b" known as Jin Foo, Bu Dai, or Hotei,... More >>
Flan Fanatic Flan Fanatic
Custard's last stand
, August 11, 2005
Flan is one of those desserts people pooh-pooh, as if its production seems too simple, or its presence in a Southwestern town like ours too... More >>
Grade Inflation Grade Inflation
D is for don't go there
, August 04, 2005
I'm at a sushi bar the other day, waiting for the chef to finish up some toro nigiri for me, when I decide to pay the raw-fish maestro a... More >>
Rib-Tickler Rib-Tickler
Pig flies to Mesa
, July 28, 2005
No slight intended to that toddlin' town of Mesa, but few are the delectations that would motivate me to drive down to that burg in... More >>
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