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    Best Korean Restaurant - Seoul Garden

    Someone has written a comment in ballpoint pen on Seoul Garden's menu: "Yum!" It's right beside the thinly sliced, marinated beef ($12.95). They might as well have gone down the entire menu, writing the same comment. Other favorites in the barbecue s...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Taqueria - Gorditas Aguascalientes

    There are so many fabulous little taco places in Houston, it is difficult to single one out. And so we picked a fabulous big taco place instead. Gorditas Aguascalientes makes antojitos of all kinds, not just tacos. The fresh masa huaraches and gordit...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Buy Art Supplies - Art Supply

    Two years ago, after 40 years at Richmond and Montrose, Ben Russell and Vikki Trammell moved Art Supply to a two-story commercial space in Midtown. Respected as nurturers of the local art scene as well as the preferred source for top-grade fine-arts ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Restaurant - Mark's American Cuisine

    If ever there was a "temple of cuisine," this cutting-edge American restaurant located in a former church must be it. There are stars painted above the former altar, and the bar runs where the communion rail used to be. Here, in this Montrose church-...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Hole-in-the-Wall Burger Joint - Someburger Hamburger Stands

    This is a no-frills experience all the way. These two little Heights-area huts have been around forever and, despite occasional turnover in staff, continue to serve up the best greasy burgers in town. You can either walk up or phone in your order. Mo...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Neighborhood Spot in Montrose - Baba Yega

    This cozy cafe, named after a Slavic witch, has been a favorite for locals ever since Montrose became the capital of the bohemian culture. Now, the homey converted bungalow -- with patio seating and a lush herb garden, complete with trilling birds --...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Diner - Avalon Diner II

    Given that the historic Avalon Drug Co. and Diner is more authentic -- even if it, too, is in a newer spot -- many Houstonians consider it blasphemous to name the also-ran as the best diner. After all, what says "diner" more than screaming fry cooks ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bar Bathroom - Prague

    Europeans may build great cathedrals, but Americans have a genius for bathrooms. At Prague, the WC marries old-world elegance with Yankee utilitarianism. When nature's irrepressible call rises above the club's techno beat, you can drift down to this ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Cafeteria - Cleburne Cafeteria

    Sure, the local institution that once sported a retro, school-cafeteria feel has given way to the neotraditional design trend of West University Place. But the food is still good, and the company is even better. Cafeteria standards like roast beef, c...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Buy Doughnuts - Shipway Donuts

    Note that this category is called Best Place by Buy Doughnuts, not Best Doughnuts. If we were picking the best doughnuts, we would have to give the nod to Krispy Kreme again. But our favorite place to buy doughnuts is Shipway Donuts, at Telephone Roa...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Person to Consult About Renting Movie Videos - George St. Clair, Cactus Music & Video

    So you want to watch a good movie on your VCR, but your mind is a blank as to what to pick? Just tell St. Clair what you're in the mood for, and he'll rattle off a half-dozen or so suggestions. If that's not enough, he'll come up with more. St. Clair...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Buy an Action Figure - Jams Collectibles

    Stop rummaging through the local comic-book stores in town looking for that rare orange-carded TIE Fighter Pilot with the "Warning!" sticker on the box. When a store catering to obsessive SF fans (which means sci-fi, for the uninitiated [which stands...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Motorcycle Parking Lot - Wortham Theater Center

    Maybe these are just the moments that downtown finally arrives. Party on the Plaza is in full swing. So is its dynamic corner of the central city, with Bayou Place beckoning the masses across the street. And there, on the magnificent grounds that ser...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Car Wash - Carriage Car Care

    Tucked behind a service station between Montrose and the Museum District, Carriage Car Care must be the car wash of choice for the SUV-driving crowd. On a recent Saturday, no fewer than a half-dozen urban war wagons were either lined up waiting for t...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Garish Ties - Tie Rack

    Like dead fish, the ties hang unhappily, wrapped in cellophane, suffocated. They look for a way out; they yearn to be bought. Every now and again, a Jerry Garcia tie -- harmless as a watercolor painting -- leaves the store. Otherwise, the ties remain...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Use of Taxpayer Dollars - Truck Enforcement Unit, Houston Police Department

    The stuff of public art, hike-and-bike paths, youth programs and parks are pleasant municipal amenities, to be certain. Even residents who don't personally partake of such things can still feel good about having them as part of life in Houston. But a...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Retro Goods - Flashback Fun-tiques

    The giant Big Boy in the window beckons, "Hello, remember me?" So you open the door and cross the threshold from modern-day Montrose into a bewilderment of decades. Old gas pumps with bulbous signs stand across the room from heavy rotary-dial phones ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Retro Furniture - Metro Modern

    That's right. Point Five no longer has a monopoly on the '50s furniture market. Jerry Gibson's new shop has all the modern classics, too: chairs by Eames and Bertoia, an Eero Saarinen table, a Paul McCobb desk, a Herman Miller sofa, a Frank Lloyd Wri...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bowling Alley - Diamond Lanes

    Of all the gall. Houston goes nuts when Bob McNair lands a pro football team for the area, or when Grand Prix racing adds the city to its circuit. But there's not even a tax subsidy or muted shout ready when Diamond Lanes operator Jimmy Young attract...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Thrift Store - Salvation Army

    Most thrift stores are dusty-musty pits that you brave in hopes of making the Big Score; that is, finding that perfect, soulful piece of clothing at an insanely low price. By comparison, the Salvation Army on Washington makes a strenuous effort to be...

    on September 21, 2000
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