January 22, 2018
by Terry Ratner
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a bruin café in lincoln park

De Quay Restaurant 2470 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL 60614 872-206-8820 The outside of this conservative Indonesian-Dutch restaurant is easy to miss, with its black-metal lanterns that look like antique gaslights glowing across the front of the building. Once inside, … Continue reading

December 22, 2014
by Terry Ratner
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attitude adjustment

Roka Akor 7299 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85253 480.535.1291 Consort here. DinnerSlut (DS) isn’t authoring this review. I am. After returning from NYC for Thanksgiving, DS had a painful outpatient procedure followed by a nasty virus. After three weekends housebound, … Continue reading

October 11, 2014
by Terry Ratner
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soft

Forge Hand-Crafted Pizza Union at Biltmore Fashion Park Phoenix, AZ 602.955.0334 It’s probably not fair to review a restaurant during its soft opening any more than you would think to review your first time . . . It’s an overture … Continue reading

September 28, 2014
by Terry Ratner
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new dog in town

Detroit Coney Grill 930 West Broadway Rd Tempe, AZ 85282 602.791. 9978 In Detroit they call soda ‘pop’ and chili dogs ‘Coneys.’ In the Valley, we’re hearing the same Motown lingo. The birthplace of Detroit Coney-style hot dogs may be … Continue reading

September 1, 2014
by Terry Ratner
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ganador del zorro

Translation: a win for Fox BLANCO TACOS + TEQUILA Biltmore Fashion Park 2502 East Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85016 602.429.8000 Oh my God, finally a FOX winner in Phoenix. My consort and I tend to avoid Fox restaurants due to negative … Continue reading

August 9, 2014
by Terry Ratner
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bounced

Grassroots kitchen & tap 2119 E. Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85016 I had just completed my newest essay about living on a sailboat. After sitting in front of a computer for the last five hours, I needed a break, not … Continue reading

July 26, 2014
by Terry Ratner
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bad trip

Sam Fox’s FLOWER CHILD 5013 North 44th Street Suite B2025B Phoenix, AZ 85018 602.429.6222 I spent an hour with my counselor this afternoon which can only be described as a crying frenzy about an unexpected catharsis concerning my childhood trauma. … Continue reading