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With Chinese, Japanese and Thai influences, the menu at Firecracker provides a leisurely romp through the Orient--dock the ship in Bangkok for an appetizer, head over to Japan for some sake and sashimi, and then relax in Beijing with a generous helping of Buddha's feast. It's enough for more than one pirate to share. The Firecracker sauce is good fuel for feisty fiends, with just the right amount of kick. More refined pirates may enjoy entrées like the macadamia-nut encrusted mahi-mahi, but no pirate can resist the fried-chocolate truffles with flourless chocolate cake for dessert.

Runners up:

2. Pei Wei Asian Diner, 5285 E. Broadway Blvd., 514-7004; 845 E. University Blvd., 884-7413; 635 W. Ina Road, 297-3238,

3. Café Pacific, 3607 N. Campbell Ave., 326-5174

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