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    Best Tex-Mex Restaurant - Felix Mexican Restaurant

    Former waitress Geneva Harper was here when Felix's flagship location at Westheimer and Montrose opened in 1948. "The cheese enchiladas with chili gravy on the Mexican Dinner haven't changed at all since the place opened," she says. "Except that a Me...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Old Downtown Restaurant That's Still There - China Garden

    Around noon on most days, influential veterans of Houston -- judges, top cops, city administrators, elite lawyers and the like -- start a quiet southern migration away from the ever-expanding zone of trendy eateries on the north side of downtown. The...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Vietnamese/ Mexican Restaurant - Matt's Fast Foods

    New York may have a lock on the Chinese/Cuban restaurant thing, but Houston is leading in the Vietnamese/Mexican category. Well, actually, Matt's Fast Foods on 43rd Street may be the only Vietnamese/ Mexican restaurant, here or anywhere. There's a go...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Example of Starbucks World Domination - River Oaks locations

    Exhibit one: The Starbucks on the corner of Shepherd and West Gray. Exhibit two: The Starbucks on the corner of Shepherd and West Gray. When the chain built the drive-thru version on the northeast corner, we were sure the version inhabiting the shopp...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Deli - Katz's Deli

    Houston's hankering for international status took a subtle stride when the crazy Katz's crew branched out from Austin. World-class credentials will ever be debated, but one indisputable definition is that a particular urban area must have a full-serv...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Italian Restaurant - Damian's Cucina Italiana

    It is overwhelming to walk in the front door of this dark and clubby old haunt. To your left, there's the reception stand, where you are offered an uncommonly gracious greeting. Right in front of you, a fabulous array of antipasti plates is spread ou...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Middle Eastern Restaurant - Fadi's

    The splashes of different colors in the serving line that greet customers when they open the door of Fadi's look like an overworked artist's palette, but it's a Middle Eastern palate that will appreciate the expansive array of foods served there. Mod...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Cheap Seafood Restaurant - Barnacle's Seafood

    The exterior of Barnacle's doesn't even scrape the surface of what's in store inside. This deceivingly decrepit place is downright cheery, with high ceilings, loads of plants (okay, so they're fake) and the expected seaside motif of netting and ancho...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Late-Night Restaurant - Tan Tan Fast Food

    So good, you've got to say it twice, Tan Tan Fast Food is everything a late-night venue should be: big, cheap and fast fast. This Chinatown diner serves mostly Vietnamese dishes with some Cantonese options, but be forewarned: There are over 400 dishe...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Neighborhood Spot in the Galleria Area - La Vista

    The Friends crowd that inhabits the apartments along Fountainview, as well as their more established neighbors in Tanglewood and Briargrove, pack this tiny sidewalk cafe, which is as casual as a backyard barbecue and about as economical. The gimmick ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Atmosphere - Lankford Grocery and Market

    Remember when you used to go home for lunch in the middle of the school day, and Mom would greet you with a hot meal and -- oh, wait a minute. Few of us, if any, lived that 1950s Leave It to Beaver ideal. But with Lankford Grocery and Market, you can...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Greasy Spoon - Alice's Diner

    For 25 years Alice Lee and her family members have been running this little diner, which sits across Loop 610 from Meyerland Plaza. It's a little place, a place that's easy to miss in its nondescript strip mall. The booths are old and lumpy, the deco...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Burger/Chinese Food Fusion - Lucky Burger

    It's nothing short of a stroke of luck to be able to satisfy two strong cravings at once. Lucky Burger's name makes it clear that it dishes up burgers, and it's retro root-beer-barrel design offers a hint that these are old-fashioned versions (read: ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Vegetarian Restaurant - Udupi Cafe

    In Hindi, the word for cow is aghnaya, which means "not to be killed." So vegetarians won't have to worry about cows -- or pigs or chickens or fish or even beef stock -- showing up on their plates at this new South Indian restaurant. In fact, Udupi's...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Jamaican Restaurant - Caribbean Cuisine

    With a loping reggae beat in the background, barely discernable over boisterous Friday-night clusters of customers in the crowded storefront, Caribbean Cuisine is an easy place to be. The smell of curry cuts through the air, and the swinging door tha...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Pizzeria - Antonio's Flying Pizza

    You don't need to take the title of this restaurant literally to know that the pizza served here is unique. In actuality, there isn't much flying going on at all -- but there is some of the best-tasting Italian pie in the city. For 30 years Antonio's...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Neighborhood Spot in Bellaire - Bellaire Coffee Shop

    The hiss-sizzle of the grill is always in the background. The grill cook stands over his domain holding a spatula in the air like a Victorian detective with a magnifying glass. He wheels around with a finished order to place it on the counter, barely...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Family Restaurant - Jax Grill

    Families on a budget may have the best of all worlds: a casual counter cafe with gourmet flair. Soccer moms and dads flock to these cheery, Southwestern-adorned restaurants, both of which sport popular deck seating for adults who long to linger and v...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Chinese Restaurant - Chinese Caf

    This place is so authentic there's hardly any English on the menu. Plus, it's filled with Chinese people -- always a good sign when selecting an ethnic restaurant. Here we recommend the pork with snow pea leaves and the chicken and asparagus. We alwa...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Breakfast - Baby Barnaby's

    Breakfast is not our favorite meal, because it happens to fall in the morning, which is our least favorite time of the day. But whenever we order the huevos rancheros at Baby B's, we are overcome with joy. Just thinking about this makes our mouths wa...

    on September 20, 2001
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