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Zuppa Duper Zuppa Duper
Traditional, back-East-style Italian food at New York's Best Italian Bistro
, November 02, 2000
To hear many native New Yorkers talk about it, you'd think they invented neighborhood-style Italian food. From antipasto to baked pasta, lasagna... More >>
Fossil Fuel Fossil Fuel
The Bistro is an oasis in Sun City
, October 26, 2000
The dining scene for much of Sun City, Del Webb's masterplanned commune for silver-haired citizens, is a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. Looking... More >>
Irishful Thinking Irishful Thinking
Rula Bula is classy Irish dining
, October 19, 2000
Rula Bula managing partner Steven Goumas hasn't had the easiest go of it in getting his Irish pub and restaurant ready for business. Opened in... More >>
Bar 'n' Gill Bar 'n' Gill
Two-step your way to Superstition Skies in Apache Junction
, October 12, 2000
Homebuilders everywhere have their boxers in a bunch over Proposition 202, a pending initiative that will severely limit urban sprawl across... More >>
Maggiore Rule Maggiore Rule
Tomaso Maggiore is still the man behind the meatballs
, October 05, 2000
Tomaso's -- the elegant Italian restaurant that's charmed Valley diners for almost two decades in its original 32nd Street and Camelback location... More >>
Mex Offender Mex Offender
There's a brand-new Mexican restaurant in town
, September 28, 2000
Imagine what the horrible result would be if Denny's switched its all-American concept to contemporary Mexican cuisine. Just try to visualize the... More >>
Midwest Side Story Midwest Side Story
A family-owned American restaurant way out in the Avenues
, September 21, 2000
The complaint I hear is all too frequent: There are no good, family-owned American restaurants in the West Valley. Mexican food, maybe, and... More >>
Yearning Japanese Yearning Japanese
Haiku is a blend of "poetic food and art"
, September 14, 2000
Eating healthful food lets us live longer. That's something everybody agrees on. But what exactly is healthful? Scientists can't agree on which... More >>
Pardon Their French Pardon Their French
Bistro 24 is simply boring
, September 07, 2000
Bistro 24 executive chef John Johnstone has been one busy fellow lately. Over the past several months, he's packed up his pots and pans,... More >>
Rice Capades Rice Capades
A family-friendly, casual Chinese eatery
, August 31, 2000
Lately it seems like there's a Chinese restaurant on every street corner in the Valley. Even a recent National Restaurant Association study... More >>
Artificial Hip Artificial Hip
This is "Scottsdale's newest fine dining" experience?
, August 24, 2000
I'm glad I brought my press materials on Ice Restaurant and Bar to dinner tonight. Otherwise, I might wonder why in the world I had decided this... More >>
Hawaiian Munch Hawaiian Munch
Surf's up at Aloha Kitchen
, August 17, 2000
Ever since visiting Aloha Kitchen, the Valley's only Hawaiian-theme restaurant, something has been puzzling me. Who in the world invented Kalua... More >>
Drive, She Said Drive, She Said
Gas 'n' go to the Valley's most far-out restaurant
, August 10, 2000
For most businesses, as the adage goes, location is everything. If a shop isn't easy to find, customers won't bother to track it down.Unless the... More >>
Phyllo Groovy Phyllo Groovy
ZakeE Mediterranean Eatery
, August 03, 2000
ZakeE's chef-owner Sal Alqardahji is pleased that I'm making a complete pig of myself at lunch. I suppose there aren't that many customers who... More >>
North Fork North Fork
Persimmon Bar & Grille
, July 27, 2000
Imagine you and a few of your friends -- say, 3,000 of them -- are looking for a good place to grab dinner out. Where would you go? If you live... More >>
King Kong King Kong
Gourmet House of Hong Kong
, July 20, 2000
I feel so ashamed. I've just read an interview with Peter Benchley, author of that '70s sea shocker, Jaws. It seems he's done a 180 on his view... More >>
Taco Shell Shock Taco Shell Shock
Downtown Phoenix dining hasn't gotten much respect, historically
, July 06, 2000
Tee Pee Tap Room, 602 East Lincoln Street, Phoenix, 602-340-8787. Hours: Lunch and dinner, daily, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. On game nights, restaurant... More >>
When Plush Comes to Shove When Plush Comes to Shove
The Velvet Room
, June 29, 2000
Some pretty funky history is happening in downtown Scottsdale these days. Since the opening of The Velvet Room in late March, the Old Town... More >>
Mill Rut Mill Rut
Monti's La Casa Vieja
, June 15, 2000
If you've ever toured the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, you'll feel right at home at Monti's La Casa Vieja in Tempe. Picture hunkering wooden... More >>
Taco Bellwether Taco Bellwether
Mangos Mexican Cafe
, June 08, 2000
One of my best resources for reviews of one-of-a-kind, out-of-the-way restaurants is word of mouth. Usually, these places don't have the funds... More >>
Italian Nice Italian Nice
, June 01, 2000
I grew up in a condiment-free household. It's sad, but true. Our house was in a salad-dressing-free zone. Sauces were used only if they were... More >>
Sprig Deal Sprig Deal
, May 25, 2000
My dining companion is messing with my head, or, should I say, my palate. He swears there's lemon in the complimentary pre-dinner plate of iced... More >>
Little House on the Desert Little House on the Desert
, February 10, 2000
Lon's at the Hermosa, 5532 North Palo Cristi, Paradise Valley, 602-955-7878. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner,... More >>
Spit Happens Spit Happens
, January 20, 2000
Joe's Real Barbecue, Arizona Barbecue Cafe & Market, 301 North Gilbert Road, Gilbert, 480-503-3805. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through... More >>
Blast From Repast Blast From Repast
, January 13, 2000
Durant's, 2611 North Central, Phoenix, 602-264-5967. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 4... More >>
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