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    Best Reading Series - Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

    To know why the Margarett Root Brown Reading Series has persevered for 20 years, you need only look at some of the top-notch writers who have participated. Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, Donald Barthelme, Robert Pinsky, Galway Kinnel, Tobias Wolff ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Neighborhood Spot in the Village Area - The Raven Grill

    Don't be too quick to quoth "Nevermore," upon a first visit to The Raven Grill. This tribute to Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem and the nearby elementary school bearing his name has taken flight as a neighborhood haunt. The flock of fans may be due to ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best New Restaurant - Amazon Grill

    Nuevo Latino gets funky at this new outlet for Michael Corda's cooking, located in the back of a shopping mall in the Galleria area. At his nearby fine-dining restaurant, Amricas, Corda uses traditional South American and Central American dishes a...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Used Car Lot - Lawrence Marshall Antique Cars

    Lawrence Marshall must really love cars. Starting as a mechanic in 1949, Marshall worked his way up the auto food chain to the purchase of a small Chevy dealership in 1969, parlaying that one outlet into the semirural, multibrand megaplex that stradd...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Un-Diner - Fox Diner, 905 Taft, (713)523-5369

    If you're looking for a chicken-fried steak covered in cream gravy with a strawberry shake on the side to wash it down, this is not the place for you. And you won't find the sparkly blue vinyl booths or garish neon signs that good old Americans have ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Chef's Table - Rainbow Lodge, 1 Birdsall, (713)861-8666

    Some restaurants feature a table, generally in the kitchen, where you can experience the hustle and bustle of the back room firsthand. Others feature small intimate rooms or cozy nooks for a private get-together, away from the common folk. All of thi...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Restaurant to Impress a Date - La Colombe d'Or

    Start out at the intimate bar, then move on to the elegant and sumptuous dining room, where you'll experience not only first-class classical French cuisine but service to match. If the evening is going well, and you're feeling lucky, upstairs rooms w...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Get a Car TV Installed - All-Star Audio Video

    What smooth talkers they are at All-Star Audio Video. Any group of employees who can talk so many customers into believing that TVs -- inside cars! -- are required accessories deserves this award. And it's not as if Houston drivers weren't bad enough...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Alfresco Dining - Backstreet Cafe

    Nestled between La Griglia on West Gray and Tila's on Shepherd, amid a sea of lofts that are sprouting like weeds, you'll find a quiet oasis on the patio of the Backstreet Cafe. Flowers are plentiful and always in bloom, and there's plenty of shade f...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Chinese Restaurant - Hunan's

    It doesn't attract much attention to itself in the large strip center in the 3800 block of Bellaire, but Hunan's food is worth coming back to -- again and again. Go before you're really hungry. You'll need the extra time to wade through the eight-pag...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Italian Restaurant - Osteria d'Aldo

    In a city proud of Texas-size portions, the waitstaff at Osteria d'Aldo still feels obliged to explain to patrons that the serving sizes are like Italian tapas -- we prefer to call them civilized. And with such manageable portions, one can do a multi...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Middle Eastern Restaurant - Cedars Mediterranean Cafe

    We're always happy to walk into Cedars, see that splendid buffet line and remember how very little it's going to cost us to dine royally. For meat lovers, there's terrific roast lamb served up simply with just its natural juices, or a nice piece of r...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Pizzeria - Star Pizza

    Americans spent more money last year on pizzas than they did on computers and software combined, or so says an industry trade group. At any rate, pizza is one subject about which nearly every American can be counted on to have an opinion. Why Star Pi...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bartender - Patti D'Amato

    For most of the past decade and a half, the forever-young Patti D has kept a hard-core group of regulars coming back for another round at the two locations where she pours the drinks and beers: T.K. Bitterman's (2010 West Alabama) and The Ginger Man ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Thai Restaurant - Taste of Thai

    Taste of Thai is one of those restaurants whose whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. Sure, the food is wonderful, whether it's the soups, the angel wings, the roast duck curry with pineapple and tomato, the chef's special duck, the pad tha...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Drive-thru Eatery - Miyagi Bowl

    From the looks of all the new drive-thrus dominating roadway vistas, this car-crazy city craves speed -- in food as much as commute times. What's been missing is obvious: variety. Menu boards may have expanded, but the basic choices seem so limited. ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Deli - Kenny & Ziggy's

    Until recently, Houston lacked an authentic New York-style deli, despite the size of its Jewish community and a natural customer base (a million people who like eating giant heaps of meat in one sitting). Sure, we had our share of fine sandwich shops...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Family Restaurant - Tokyohana

    The current Asian invasion has revived a classic form of entertainment: the Japanese steak house. Family groups, especially those covering a wide age span, are the perfect audience for the sleight of hand of Tokyohana's master table chefs. Though eli...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Yoga Studio - The Yoga Institute & Bookshop

    Webster's describes yoga as a system of exercises for attaining bodily or mental control and well-being. But to its most dedicated adherents, yoga is the key that unlocks the secrets of the universe. Passing through that door is best accomplished wit...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Neighborhood Spot in West University - Edloe St. Cafe & Deli, 6119 Edloe, (713)666-4302

    With its rows of tract mansions and commercial urban sprawl, it's easy to forget about West U's quaint town square. Anchored by the Little League field and surrounded by the school, the grocery store, the library and the courthouse is the Edloe St. C...

    on September 21, 2000
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