Mid East, Midnight

Q. Where's a good place for Middle Eastern food and entertainment?

A. Shake your stuff with the belly dancers at Sinbad Restaurant on the northwest corner of Price and Baseline in Tempe. Professional troupes perform for diners seated under a Bedouin tent. Get stuffed with tasty favorites like hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanouj, falafel, and feta-spinach pie.

Q. What's a rillette?

A. It's meat or fish that's cooked in seasoned fat, then pounded into a paste, and served cold as spread like smooth pâté. You can taste it on the new "entree par trois" menu at Bistro 24 in the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix. For just $20, diners can sample a combination of three of 15 classical French dishes, including rillettes of salmon or duck.

Q. I work nights, and can't find any good place to eat at 3 a.m. I'm in central Phoenix, and hate Denny's.

A. Try Nick's 24/7 Pizza on 16th Street and Glendale. "Hunger never sleeps" is the slogan, and a never-closing menu of pizza, wings, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads and breakfasts backs it up.

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