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    Best Cajun Restaurant - Willie G's

    Real Cajun cooking comes from Cajun country. The southern populace of Louisiana refers to the north, including New Orleans, as Yankees. Don't call this food Creole. Cajun and Creole are two different enigmas, sir, and we're willing to come to blows o...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Chinese Restaurant - Canton Seafood Restaurant

    Unlike so many outstanding Asian restaurants, which are dotted across the Bellaire archipelago, this one has been hiding right inside the Loop. It's an upscale Hong Kong-style seafood restaurant where large groups of Asians sit at big round tables wi...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Creole Restaurant - Frenchy's

    The fact that there are always people standing in line at Frenchy's guarantees that every piece of chicken you get has just come out of the fryer. But Frenchy's is more than a chicken shack. Since 1969, Percy Creuzot has turned out the tastiest green...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Deli - Nielsen's Delicatessen

    When the original owners of Nielsen's first came to Houston from Denmark, they tried to sell the famous Danish open-faced sandwiches called smorrebrod. But customers didn't know how to eat the messy sandwiches (Danes use a fork and knife) and the hea...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Middle Eastern Restaurant - tencaf

    A fusion restaurant that brings together Persian, Indian, Mediterranean and American dishes, this place serves the most ferociously seasoned Middle Eastern food you've ever eaten. All the meats are halal, the Muslim equivalent of kosher. Standouts in...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Long Lunch - Aldo's

    The decor is romantic excess, the oversize chairs are well upholstered, and the carpets are extra-plush. Once you get seated, you know you're going to be here awhile. There's no menu. There's no waiter, either. There's just Aldo Elsharif. The talkati...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Late-Night Dining - Spanish Flower

    Tucked away in a corner of the Heights, this all-night Tex-Mex mix offers fantastic, affordable food to all walks of life. Wander in around 3 a.m. You'll see barhoppers getting that fatty high-protein burrito fix necessary to whittling away the effec...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best (Big) Menu - The Cheesecake Factory

    With close to 200 items on the menu, if you can't find something to eat here, there's something seriously wrong with you. It's the largest menu in town. Fortunately, they've organized the menu into logical sections; nevertheless, it will probably tak...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Diner with Waitresses to Give You Wholesome Dreams - 59 Diner

    People put a lot of faith in the cooks, servers and busboys who work at their favorite diner. Patrons want to know that when they place their order and get their meal, they're in good hands. They wanna look in that waitress's eyes and know they have ...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Diner with Waitresses to Give You Perverted Dreams - House of Pies

    This may sound like we're bad-mouthing the fine, upstanding ladies who work their butts off at the House of Pies, but trust us, we're just giving 'em their props. Because, fellas, the 59 Diner may have waitresses you could take home to your parents, ...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Bang for the Buck - Darband Shish Kabob

    "Under $25" is the title of a column Eric Asimov writes about inexpensive restaurants for The New York Times. They think that's cheap? At Darband Shish Kabob on Hillcroft, you can feed your whole family for $25 and have enough change left over to tak...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Place to Turn Back the Hands of Time - James Coney Island

    People say we're elitist. Oh, sure, we only eat our steaks Pittsburgh-style and drink our Russian vodka chilled. But dammit, we also go to James Coney Island, just like everyone else in Houston. Why? Because it's a slice of Americana. It's a captured...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Cheap Seafood - J&J Seafood Market

    Heading west on 610 from Reliant Stadium, you'll see J&J's "fresh seafood" sign poking up over the elevated section of the highway. Unfortunately, by the time you see the sign, it's too late to get off at the Stella Link exit, where this classic "you...

    on September 26, 2002
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    Best Pre- or Post-Theater Restaurant - Papillon Bistro Franais

    Legend has it that the word bistro comes from a Russian word for "quick," or "hurry up!" How fitting that one of the best restaurants in the Theater District should be a bistro, since speedy service is exactly what theatergoers are looking for. The m...

    on September 26, 2002
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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 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 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 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 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 Place to See Bambi - Armand Bayou Nature Center

    Living in the sweltering silver city, there are few places where you can get in touch with your inner Daniel Boone. But just outside of town, before you get to the ocean, there's a place where you can pretend you're going over the river and through t...

    on September 26, 2002
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