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    Best Thai Restaurant - Thai Cottage

    In timid Thai fashion, the owners of Thai Cottage tiptoed onto the Houston restaurant scene four years ago, settled into a nondescript storefront between a sprawling H-E-B and a Domino's Pizza and quietly started cooking. They concentrated on the foo...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Restaurant - Aries

    The menu at Aries changes daily under the direction of chef-owner Scott Tycer, who improvises with the seasons. To call Tycer an artist doesn't do him justice. He is something even better. He is a culinary genius who has grown up and gotten over hims...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Value - Andy's Home Cafe

    You want a hot meal served to you, and you want it now, and you've only got $5 in your pocket. So get your hungry self over to Andy's. When? It doesn't matter. The Houston institution is open 24 hours a day, and the friendly service is fast, fast, fa...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Fusion of Folk and Food - La Bella Cucina's Food Filling Station

    Housed in a vintage gas station (hence the name), the Food Filling Station should be included among Houston's funky folk-art environments on the Orange Show's Eye-Openers tour. Surrounded by colorfully painted wrought-iron fencing, interspersed with ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Place to Skip Dinner and Get to Dessert - Epicure Caf

    The problem with dining at the Epicure Caf is that the well-lit case of desserts beckons during your whole meal. Sure, the lemon chicken is in fact quite lemony and generously seasoned, making your taste buds tingle. And the salads are nicely balanc...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Neighborhood Spot in Tanglewood - Caf Toulouse

    Our one reservation about picking this place is that once it's discovered, it might lose some of that tucked-away feel. Its strip center is in the middle of a residential area, anchored by a Hollywood Video. To find it, you have to look for the shade...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Taqueria - Taqueria Tacambaro

    Just as there are food stalls in the mercados in Mexico, there are taco trucks in the parking lot behind the Farmer's Market on Airline Drive. The one in the middle is crowded with well-dressed Mexican-Americans at 1:30 p.m. "Taqueria Tacambaro," it ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Roger Cooper - Oenophile, Bert Wheeler's Liquors, 6518 Westheimer

    Every now and then, without much hope, a wine drinker drifts into Bert Wheeler's. It's a liquor store, not a wine boutique, and you expect the guy behind the counter to make change, not steer you to a great little Pouilly-Fum. And certainly Roger Co...

    by Lisa Gray on September 20, 2001
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    Dominic Quijano - Owner/operator of McDonald's, 6815 Harrisburg Boulevard, 713-928-5335

    Franchisee Dominic Quijano and wife Nelly invented that icon of America's Hispanicization, the McDonald's breakfast burrito, under the golden arches on Harrisburg Boulevard in the East End. Rolled up in a nine-inch flour tortilla, the burrito combine...

    by Robb Walsh on September 20, 2001
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    Gene Green - U.S. representative from the 29th Congressional District of Texas

    When Texas legislators used their redistricting clout in 1991 to draw a Houston congressional district that a Hispanic could win, a wily state senator named Gene Green helped in the design. He had ulterior motives. The final shape of the district...

    by Tim Fleck on September 20, 2001
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    Rick Lee - Blues guitarist

    As you approach the Big Easy's front door, you can hear from within the concertina-sharp sounds of a wailing guitar shredding the night air. You immediately imagine an old African-American man, or a middle-aged white guy in a fedora and shades, jammi...

    by John Nova Lomax on September 20, 2001
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    Janeth Arcain - Houston Comets guard

    Although the Houston Comets did not win their fifth straight WNBA championship, there were still reasons to celebrate the team's season. One reason was the emergence of guard Janeth Arcain, who in the absence of marquee players like Cynthia Cooper (r...

    by Steve McVicker on September 20, 2001
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    Larry Perdido - Head chef and co-owner, Saba Blue Water Cafe

    "My mom, bless her heart, was an awful cook," drawls Larry Perdido. His parents emigrated from the Philippines to Houston in the '50s, and his mom, a nurse, soon learned to mangle American dishes as thoroughly as she wrecked those of the Southeast As...

    by Lisa Gray on September 20, 2001
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    Letters - Drug War Rebel, Critical Condition, Vat Chance

    Drug War Rebel Empty claims: Truth be told, the drug warrior politicians, officials, media and civilians secretly don't list victory as an objective in their expensive and oppressive trillion-dollar war ["Drug Money," by Steve McVicker and Tim Carma...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Theater Season - Stages Repertory Theatre

    Stages set the pace for the entire theatrical season with its boisterous production of Jane Martin's Anton in Show Business. After that, artistic director Rob Bundy never looked back. Some of the best productions included the strange and disturbing c...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Ballet - Giselle, Houston Ballet

    Giselle is one of very few stories that is best told in the language of ballet. It's based on the legend of the Wilis, the ghosts of young maidens who were jilted by men and died before they could marry. These mysterious creatures haunt the shadowy f...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Place to Hear Live Tejano - Hallabaloo's

    The Tejano scene in Houston is as unpredictable as the Gulf Coast weather. One day a club is hot; the next day it's shuttered and silent. Hallabaloo's is the exception. Set in a gritty southeast neighborhood, the club has kept the Tejano fires burnin...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best New Effort to Inject Culture into Houston - Winedale Publishing

    So Gabrielle Hale's Winedale Publishing isn't exactly new (she founded the press in 1996). But at the beginning, it looked like Winedale might be little more than an excuse to bring back into print the scattered remains of husband and Houston Chronic...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Open-Mike Comedy - The Red Rooster

    When All D. Freemon was looking for a venue to replace the vacuum in black comedy that followed the demise of the Jus' Jokin' club, he turned to the former BYOB discotheque founded by Houston NewsPages publisher Francis Page Sr. in '71. Though primar...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Local Television Reporter - Mary Benton KPRC-TV, Channel 2

    Mary Benton stands out in the KPRC-TV crowd as a tough, capable, "no frills just the story" reporter. She was omnipresent during the aftermath of the June 9 flood, holding court in knee-deep water clad in galoshes and wielding a cordless mike. A nati...

    on September 20, 2001
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