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The Jagger Edge The Jagger Edge
Furio is no ordinary club pretending to be a restaurant
, April 04, 2002
The burning question of the evening involves cocktails. One pal in my group of revelers has decided that the best drink is the Italian ice-lemon,... More >>
Too Sexy for My Soufflé Too Sexy for My Soufflé
Local Chefs hate Zinc Bistro, so you know it's gonna be good.
, March 28, 2002
It's finally happened. After almost 15 years of living in Scottsdale, I've become one of them. Not a yuppie, not yet, though I've decided that... More >>
At Livingston's, Don't Presume At Livingston's, Don't Presume
Low-fat radicals launch an attack on soul food in Scottsdale.
, March 21, 2002
I've heard of a disturbing movement toward making soul food healthful. There are recipes circulating from a group of Phoenix cooks who are... More >>
Gulp and Go Gulp and Go
Fast service, cheap prices, casual ambiance and terrific eats
, March 14, 2002
Here's how I feel about fast food: if I wanted to eat something prepared more for speed than taste, I'd eat my own lousy cooking. I admit it,... More >>
Grate Expectations Grate Expectations
Among the swanky desolation of Desert Ridge, there's the oasis of Grilled Expedition.
, March 07, 2002
A person could have starved to death living at Scottsdale's Desert Ridge since it opened in 1995. Sure, developers built gajillions of gorgeous... More >>
Gheimeh Shelter Gheimeh Shelter
They're holding the spices at Scottsdale's latest faux-ethnic restaurant
, February 28, 2002
Scottsdale's Thaifoon restaurant prides itself on what it is: a glamorous, trendy eatery with pleasant Thai-style food. Thaifoon also celebrates... More >>
Hungary for Love Hungary for Love
Prepare to eat heartily, and heavily, at Peter's Budapest Café
, February 21, 2002
There are several important things to keep in mind when dining at Peter's Budapest Café, a new Hungarian restaurant in Scottsdale. Prepare to... More >>
Ghee Whiz Ghee Whiz
The west side has a topnotch Indian restaurant once again
, February 14, 2002
For a cuisine that's been around some 5,000 years, Indian food is remarkably in keeping with contemporary tastes. It's low-fat, chock-full of... More >>
A Roll by Any Other Name A Roll by Any Other Name
I Love Sushi & Steak is to sushi as Hello Kitty is to cute
, February 07, 2002
It's not too difficult to figure out what the specialties are at I Love Sushi & Steak. The name's as straightforward as they come -- not like... More >>
A Meal of Living Dangerously A Meal of Living Dangerously
The Valley of the Sun gets a heaping helping of "cuisine de sol"
, January 31, 2002
I don't know why, but I find near-disasters thrilling. I'll never forget one dinner at Beef Eaters in Phoenix -- not because of the mediocre... More >>
Gag Order Gag Order
Pretzels are a logical -- and safe -- choice at Walker's Cafe
, January 24, 2002
So now it looks like the government may require warning labels on pretzels: "May cause choking and/or fainting." Thanks, President Bush.If... More >>
A Little Pizza Heaven A Little Pizza Heaven
Chic, affordable new Scottsdale eatery makes you say, “Grazie.”
, January 17, 2002
In Italian, grazie means thank you. In Valley of the Sun-speak, it means an exciting new cafe. Grazie Pizzeria and Wine Bar is the latest... More >>
Pacific Rim Shot Pacific Rim Shot
Sapporo is more than just another sushi bar
, January 10, 2002
My dining companion is joking that the new Sapporo reminds her so much of P.F. Chang's that if someone were to put that eatery's trademark entry... More >>
Tia Amigos Tia Amigos
Longtime Mesa restaurateurs have another hit with their new Rancho de Tia Rosa
, January 03, 2002
The story of Rancho de Tia Rosa, a handout compiled by owners Dennis and Lizabeth Sirrine, spans six pages, single-spaced. While the restaurant... More >>
Value Pact Value Pact
Quantity, not quality, woos this crowd
, December 27, 2001
My tablemates can't get over dessert. It's been the topic of conversation for the past 45 minutes, the oohing, the aahing, the veritable drooling... More >>
Watt's for Dinner Watt's for Dinner
Out of Africa come the flavors you'll find at Tempe's Blue Nile Cafe
, December 20, 2001
Look out, Lalibela. For the first time since it opened almost five years ago, the little restaurant should be peering over its shoulder at... More >>
Oomph ah Pwah Oomph ah Pwah
A French restaurant in Gilbert? It's not just rare ó itís medium rare.
, December 13, 2001
Restaurateur Karen Firestone may be new to the business, but she isn't afraid to make a statement. First, there's the name of her place -- Cafe... More >>
Bizarre and Grille Bizarre and Grille
How to put some thrill into a grill at DG's Metropolitan Deli.
, December 06, 2001
Well, whack me over the head with a lamb chop. Just when I think I've seen everything possible on a restaurant menu, something new sneaks up and... More >>
Big Apple appeal
The ambiance at Times Square Deli is Anywhere, USA, but the food is New York all the way
, December 06, 2001
Deli lovers have had their noses pressed against the glass at Times Square Deli since late spring, awaiting its planned August opening.... More >>
No Naan Sense No Naan Sense
Tikka moment to check out this tandoori
, November 29, 2001
There must be an international siren song calling from the building next to the Circle K at 16th Street and Campbell. This unassuming little box... More >>
Meatball Operation Meatball Operation
Caffe Portobello is frustratingly inconsistent
, November 22, 2001
From sports to the creative arts to big business, it's the ability to perform under pressure that separates the professionals from the amateurs.... More >>
Fresh-Air Fare Fresh-Air Fare
Two choice spots for outdoor dining
, November 15, 2001
Twisted Vine Ah, the chilly nip of the holiday season. This is the time of year when the covers of Gourmet and Bon Appetit tempt with... More >>
Garden Notoriety Garden Notoriety
Middle Eastern cuisine gets a peaceful treatment at Persian Garden
, November 08, 2001
Chef Mahmmud Jaafari has got a gem on his hands with Green Leaf Cafe, a casual little shop on 19th Avenue and Campbell in Phoenix. The place has... More >>
Oaxacan the Wild Side Oaxacan the Wild Side
Tiny restaurant is surprisingly big in its approach to regional Mexican cuisine
, November 01, 2001
The kitchen is having some difficulty securing one of its specialties this week. My guess is that the chapulines are particularly feisty in... More >>
DineAsty DineAsty
The Kaufmans have another winner in Nonni's Kitchen
, October 25, 2001
Manhattan has Drew Nieporent and the Myriad Group, an enterprise that began in 1985 with a single restaurant, Montrachet. Today, Nieporent... More >>
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