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    Best Place to Pig Out - Rodizio Grill

    This Brazilian meat eater's paradise includes a 40-foot all-you-can-eat salad buffet with such exotic fare as quail eggs, crab salad and feijoada, a mixture of black beans and rice along with thinly sliced meats and collard greens. Choose only the sa...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Place to Play Racquetball - Northwest Fitness and Sports Club

    Being locked in a cell with a bouncing blue projectile hurtling toward your head isn't everyone's idea of a good time. But we happen to love racquetball. And at Northwest Fitness and Sports Club, racquetball is the main attraction. The club offers te...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Theme Restaurant - Floridita

    With its rattan furniture and mounted trophy fish, the bar at this "Floribbean" restaurant is one of the most colorful in the city. In fact, the Floridita restaurant on Kirby takes its name from the El Floridita bar in Havana, Cuba, where Ernest "Pap...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Rocket - Moochie Norris

    Is it the hair? USA Today published an article that focused on Mooch's braids. Nah, can't be the hair. Moochie is a truly creative player. He slashes, he dashes, and most important, he gets in those just-in-the-nick-of-time shots. In his three years ...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Expense-Account Restaurant - Mark's American Cuisine

    There's something magically peculiar about this space. It began as a church, then became the Dream Merchant, a freaky little clothing store. Now completely transformed into a restaurant, the former vestibule houses a dramatic, attractive wine cellar....

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Park - Bell Park

    The great explorer Christopher Columbus stands at one end of the park, pointing to the Italian Cultural and Community Center. Nonetheless, this respite from the noise and traffic of the Museum District, this diminutive stretch of trees and grass, rem...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Socioanthropological Study - Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe

    Come for the cheap and excellent food, but come back for the bizarre mix of Heights yuppies, ethnic groups, gay couples and long-haul trucker types that populate this second location, the first one being the much smaller version on Irvington. With th...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Place to Fly a Kite - Galveston East Beach

    Since their invention in China, kites have been used to carry messages, to ward off spirits and as instruments of war. Their principles of aerodynamics led to the airplane. Now, they're just for sport. The city doesn't offer many spacious areas for f...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Atmosphere - The Fish

    Whatever its name, The Fish (formerly known as Blowfish) is exceptionally titillating. It's identified on the outside solely by the abstract image of a spiny puffer fish. And on the inside, the color scheme is repeated in everything from the waitstaf...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Weekend Getaway - Neal's Lodges, Concan

    Picture it. You're sitting on the front porch of your rustic cabin, which is perched on a bluff over the Frio River's crystal-clear headwaters. You're sipping a Shiner Blonde on a hot summer day, and all you can hear is the Frio rushing over the near...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Public Golf Course - Tour 18

    Golfing vacations have become all the rage in recent years. Young power players and old gummers alike are paying top dollar for package trips that whisk them over the ocean -- and back in time -- to Saint Andrews or some other hallowed shrine of shan...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Much Ado About Cussin' - The long, strange journey to a police chief's perjury indictment

    The dawn of November 3, 2000, ushered in a bad day in the decade-long tenure of Houston Police Chief Clarence O. Bradford. He hadn't even settled into his morning routine when he received the urgent phone call from his boss, Mayor Lee Brown. Where, ...

    by Tim Fleck on September 26, 2002
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    Best Traveling Show - Proof

    Out of the mysterious variables of love came David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Proof, a play about familial love, genius and the terrible effects of madness on family. And for a brief two weeks Proof came to Houston, where it glow...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Show to Make You Think - Art

    The Alley Theatre's November production of Yasmina Reza's Art sparkled with smart ideas about art, modern lifestyles and our passion for everything "fashionable." Reza's flawless script gleefully deconstructs all the folly in our pathetically solipsi...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Tea Time - "255-0+Tea"

    When the artist Weihong attended openings for her gallery shows, she noticed that patrons seemed more interested in the philosophy behind her work than the actual art. So she put together an interactive show where people could sit down and discuss Ch...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Jazz Club - Red Cat Jazz Caf

    Yes, we find it curious that they serve breakfast, but hey, why complain about a place that brings Houston live jazz in an upscale setting six nights a week? We've felt nothing but good vibes from the high beamed ceilings, comfortable bar and live mu...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Graffiti - Chicken Boy

    Graffito. Most people don't recognize the word, the singular form of graffiti. Even fewer recognize the vernacular term, graf. However, many a Montrose pedestrian or driver recognizes the dour face of Chicken Boy, whether they know the name or not. W...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best New Microcinema - Independent Exposure

    Houston has already gotten some national attention in the realm of microcinema for possessing the eccentric little converted church known as Aurora Picture Show. Another well-known outlet for independent short films, Independent Exposure, has held sc...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Local TV Commercials - Soundwaves

    You're not looking for slickness when it comes to local television ads. You're also not looking for rock-bottom cheapness, with one salesman shouting maniacally into an unmoving camera. Instead, you want to revel in the "Let's put on a show!" atmosph...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best New Name for a Theater Troupe - Mildred's Umbrella

    Apparently there's a bit of a debate over how Houston's newest theater company, Mildred's Umbrella, got its odd name. Founding members Jennifer Decker and John Harvey tell the story two different ways. She says they were perusing a literature book, l...

    on September 26, 2002
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