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    Best Reason to Join the Houston Zoo - Zoobilee

    This annual members-only party takes place in early summer, but blessedly, it's during the cool of evening, when it's pleasant to stroll the grounds. Stuff your offspring full of free hot dogs, sodas and ice cream. Sway to the reggae band. Watch the ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Amnesia - Phillip Lopate

    Essaying New Yorker Phillip Lopate (track down a copy of his out-of-print "Against Joie de Vivre") spent eight years, from 1980 to 1988, living and working and teaching in Houston, so he must have seemed a defensible choice when the editors of the Ne...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Houston Astro - Lance Berkman

    Best Astro? Of this godforsaken season? Isn't that like having a category for Best Police Academy Sequel? Let's be blunt: Good Astros are few and far between this year. But why not offer up some applause for local-boy-made-good Lance Berkman, the pri...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Street Festival - The Southwestern Bell African-American Arts Festival

    Oh, what were you expecting, the Westheimer Street Festival? The Houston International Festival, with its overpriced gyros and male Carmen Miranda impersonators? They may be the largest and most popular street fests in the city, but this modest weeke...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Sports Bar - SRO Sports Bar & Cafe

    Nothing says "fine dining" like rows and rows of autographed sneakers and moldy uniforms, but such is the standard decor at sports bars nationwide. Luckily you don't go to sports bars for food. You go to see games you can't get on the tube at home, w...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best View - Chase Tower

    The sky lobby on the 60th floor of the I.M. Pei-designed Chase Tower offers the kind of view that gets kids oohing and asking really deep questions. "What would happen if there was no glass here?" queried one little girl as she and her brother presse...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Name for a Nail Salon - Nail a La Mode

    With 547 manicurist shops listed in the Yellow Pages, Houston must serve as home to more nail salons per capita than any other American city. While we haven't statistically tested our hypothesis, we can't miss the glaring fact that a different nail s...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Insider's Shortcut - The 2000 and 3000 blocks of Brazos

    Ah, progress. Northbound motorists on the Southwest Freeway have that elevated TxDOT marvel to get them to the I-45 interchange. The only problem, as any regular driver on that route knows by now, is the stop-and-slow traffic on what has turned out t...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Time and Place to See Street Racers - Westheimer

    From the Galleria past Beltway 8, as Saturday night gives way to Sunday, the strip-mall parking lots on Westheimer host impromptu car shows, with ball-capped guys checking out each other's mods. You hear words like "cams" and "noz." You feel the sub-...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Muffuletta - Murphy's Deli

    Who says you have to go to New Orleans to get a good muffuletta? Murphy's Deli, with 18 locations to choose from, gives the Big Easy a run for its money with its hefty, heavy-on-the-meat-and-cheese rendition. Hot hickory-smoked ham, Genoa salami and ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Flack/ Public Information Officer - Children's Protective Services of Harris County's Judy Hay

    Not only is University of Houston grad Judy Hay one of the best straight shooters in town in her dealings with the media, but she would surely be the last flack standing if Survivor had peopled its island with public relations types. Hay joined the a...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Ass-Whipping - Browning Boxing, Radisson Suite Hotel Astrodome

    The powers that be have seen fit to pass laws to keep our hands to ourselves in times of personal conflict, but there's at least one place you can go to experience a good old-fashioned face pummeling vicariously. Browning Boxing has been serving up m...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Postcollegiate Fraternity Experience - Bronx Bar

    From the street, music blares from the Bronx Bar like a warning. Thump-thump-thump, the numbing bass line declares. At the sidewalk gate, a broad-shouldered bouncer clad in a black T-shirt gives the coveted silent nod. Inside, members of the mostly y...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best White House Intern - Kristen Jones

    In a world where the phrase "White House intern" elicits sniggers and blow-job jokes, we all can say we're relieved that Monica "I don't take dirty dresses to the dry cleaners" Lewinsky wasn't from Houston, but Kristen Jones is a White House intern w...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Mussels - Cafe Montrose

    Mussel ecstasy reigns at this warm Belgian bistro, with diners endlessly spooning tastes of their steamed mussels into their companions' mouths like priests giving communion. The reaction is always the same -- thoughtful mastication followed by an en...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Freeway to Get Lost On - Loop 610

    How can you get lost on a circular freeway? Easy. Other large cities have a natural barrier such as an ocean or mountain. In Chicago, you can go east only as far as Lake Michigan. The Atlantic gets in your way in Boston, Baltimore and Miami. Seattle ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bicycle Day Trip - Houston to Fulshear

    Start behind West Oaks Mall and head out Westheimer, which becomes FM 1093. Turn left at 1464 (by the Shell station), across the tracks past the Clodine general store. Instead of following 1464 as it curves left, take the road to the right, which is ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Jukebox - Warren's Inn

    A downtown fixture as venerable as Warren's would be incomplete without a fine jukebox to complement the (Houston Press) award-winning decor, martinis and staff. And there, placed innocuously inside the main room, sits the late-model Rowe Ami. It's n...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bike Path - Brays Bayou along North and South Braeswood

    While Houston has light-years to go before becoming a truly bike-friendly city, it is finally beginning to get at least tolerant of the two-wheelers. Nothing shows the dtente with motorists better than the pathway system along Brays Bayou in the sou...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Oysters - Fung's Kitchen

    While many will argue that the only good oyster is a raw oyster, we believe that the oysters in garlic sauce at Fung's Kitchen will cause anyone to reconsider that position. Large (usually huge) oysters on the half shell are steamed just enough to br...

    on September 21, 2000
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