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I'll Fake Manhattan I'll Fake Manhattan
Scottsdale meets the Big Apple in a deli that is neither here nor there, but a nosh in-between
, April 19, 2001
There's something in the water, people say -- that special fluid that flows from New York City's municipal taps. The crystal liquid is so revered... More >>
Salvador Deli Salvador Deli
A trip to Mex-Sal North is an adventure in dining for those who seek the cuisine of El Salvador
, April 12, 2001
War. What is it good for? For Americans, at least, strife in other countries can lead to greater dining variety. As immigrants land on our... More >>
Four Ever Young Four Ever Young
Vive la France! Bistros bring fine, fast fare to the Valley
, April 05, 2001
Au Petit Four It was her diet that did it. Not many people would dare consume such a steady stream of ultra-rich foods like chicken pâté, roast... More >>
Foie's in the 'hood Foie's in the 'hood
Arcadian bacon awaits diners at new east Phoenix neighborhood find
, March 29, 2001
Michael Hoobler has to be thrilled. The star chef, now running the kitchen of Phoenix's new Restaurant Arcadia, has successfully escaped the... More >>
Jamaican Whoopie Jamaican Whoopie
Take a vacation to Callaloo
, March 22, 2001
Last May, the National Restaurant Association asked Americans which ethnic cuisines they preferred. Not surprisingly, Italian, Mexican, Japanese,... More >>
Aqua Lunge Aqua Lunge
Café Blue a marriage of gorgeous setting, excellent food
, March 15, 2001
It's a drizzly winter evening, the kind that often brings on melancholy.But not for us. Tonight, we're lounging like emperors at Café Blue,... More >>
Pastrami Dearest Pastrami Dearest
Delis serve up fast, cheap and filling fare
, March 08, 2001
Miracle Mile Deli When Jack Grodzinsky died in September 1998 at the age of 78, more than 650 people attended his funeral. It was a touching... More >>
Stuffing Shockers Stuffing Shockers
Gutsy Mexican food in the Valley
, March 01, 2001
I'm going to go out on a limb and say this: Cheating is good for us. When it comes to primal urges, human beings aren't designed to be... More >>
International Food Bizarre International Food Bizarre
Barcelona a baffling experience
, February 22, 2001
Local businessman Danny Hendon found his success in soapsuds, as owner of the 13 Danny's Family Carousel Carwashes across the Valley. Now, the... More >>
French Tickler French Tickler
Sophie's is the new choice for French in Phoenix
, February 15, 2001
The Valley is home to a wide range of exotic cuisines, with everything from Ethiopian to Afghan and Pakistani restaurants at the ready to feed... More >>
Slot Luck Slot Luck
Diners luck out with Casino Arizona's new upscale Cholla restaurant
, February 08, 2001
Lady Luck has opened a kitchen just east of Scottsdale. The new Casino Arizona on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is home to... More >>
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Eagle's Nest & Salt River Cafe
, February 08, 2001
What would a casino experience be without that must-have, the all-you-can-eat buffet? This isn't typical food in trough, however -- Casino... More >>
Jan Session Jan Session
You don't have to be traveling to eat at D'Atri's
, February 01, 2001
Who goes to an airport to eat unless they have to? Apparently, more people than we realize. There's a national trend brewing of airports... More >>
East of Edamame East of Edamame
Taste of Temari's food doesn't live up to its looks
, January 25, 2001
There's a lot to detest about The Breakfast Club, that 1985 movie about the group of high school kids who, forced to serve a day's detention... More >>
Snooze Flash Snooze Flash
Nothing new at Suroeste Grille
, January 18, 2001
Arizona's dining scene is exploding at record levels, bringing unheard of variety and competition to every corner of the Valley. Last year, in... More >>
Night Foods Night Foods
Hungry Valley night owls need to eat, too
, January 11, 2001
Western Pizza In most circles, any person venturing out of the house after midnight invites suspicion. Little good can come from folks rambling... More >>
Chop Shop Chop Shop
George & Son's brings superior Chinese food to the chopsticks-challenged
, January 04, 2001
Harry, our waiter at George & Son's Asian Cuisine, is explaining why no chopsticks are included with the cutlery on the tables of this new... More >>
Where's the Beef? Where's the Beef?
In-N-Out lives up to the hype
, December 28, 2000
In-N-Out Burger, 7467 East Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale, unpublished phone number. Also 1525 Dysart Road, Avondale. Hours: Lunch and... More >>
Hatch Check Grill Hatch Check Grill
A taste of New Mexico at Blue Adobe Grille
, December 21, 2000
A recent survey, conducted extensively among people on my speed-dial list, has uncovered a startling finding. The entire state of New Mexico is... More >>
Havoc Your Way Havoc Your Way
Topnotch food, terrible service at Cafe Isabelle
, December 14, 2000
Sometimes, you just know that things aren't going to work out. Maybe it's the body language that clues you in, when your intended won't look you... More >>
Razz and Shine Razz and Shine
New location includes exhibition kitchen
, December 07, 2000
Professional chefs are born different from the rest of us. While the home chef may cook to relax, the professional cooks out of a compulsion to... More >>
Gator Raid Gator Raid
Restaurant's Cajun food is lukewarm
, November 30, 2000
Alligators don't make good pets. Amazing, I know, but true. As a child growing up in Tokyo, I happened upon a pet store that was selling, along... More >>
Scorcher Chamber Scorcher Chamber
Thai food with style, attitude
, November 23, 2000
We're picking things out of our tom yum soup at Jax Thai Bar, a Tempe restaurant that's the newest addition to Mill Avenue's increasingly... More >>
Forn Affairs Forn Affairs
Don't let the name game confuse you.
, November 16, 2000
The phone is ringing again, rattling in its perch on the reservations podium next to the bar at Acqua e Sale. We've been listening to it all... More >>
West World West World
Territorial Bar & Grill
, November 09, 2000
There's a new book out called Zeguts. It should not be confused with the international restaurant guide of the similar name, Zagat. Because while... More >>
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