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    Best Adulterated Shakespeare - Gregory Boyd's The Comedy of Errors, Alley Theatre

    Stand-up comedy in Shakespeare? How about slapstick? Or musical interludes from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? The Alley's Gregory Boyd did all this and more in his irreverent and very funny take on one of Shakespeare's zaniest tales of mistaken ide...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Theater the Size of a Postage Stamp - The Little Room Downstairs Theater

    The road has been rocky and hard, but now there are two spaces under The Little Room Downstairs Theater's modest little sign on Bissonnet. Still, neither of Richard Laub's theaters seats more than 60 people, and most of the time the stages have been ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Plants - Suzan Prejean, The Plant Lady

    Pennants and posters that say "plants" and "sale sale sale" in bold black letters are in The Plant Lady's front yard. Her plants are gorgeous, and cheap. She sells big trees for $10 and enormous peace lilies for $5 (we've seen wimpier, wilted ones fo...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Dancing by the Side of the Road - Drive By Dancing 2000

    Dancing and driving hardly seem compatible. But choreographer Leslie Scates, the woman who single-handedly engineered Drive By Dancing 2000, is clearly not the type to let a little workaday common sense supersede inspiration. The big idea came to her...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Camp - When Pigs Fly

    Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly is perhaps one of the silliest, funniest and even bravest autobiographical scripts ever penned. Totally gay and wonderfully queeny, the odd synthesis of old-fashioned musical and screeching wildness set up camp at Masq...

    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 Movie Theater That Will Never Show Gladiator - Aurora Picture Show

    Sure, there are other places in town that show cool stuff, but it's hard to compete with a video kaleidoscope for a marquis, a converted church for a venue and a quirky Sandy Duncan look-alike running the place. But don't expect big reclining seats a...

    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 Drive-thru Breakfast - Kolache Factory

    There's nothing quite like rolling through the drive-thru around 7:30 a.m. at the Kolache Factory, the morning sun in your eyes and the mouthwatering prospect of imminent kolaches teasing your palate. Even better, should you have a spare moment, step...

    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 Guitarist Who Never Plays in Public - Cherie Craze

    Cherie Craze is one of Houston's unrecognized wonders. Like lots of shy teenagers, the self-taught guitarist spent a good deal of her childhood hiding out in her room, wrapped around her guitar, teaching herself to play. What sets Craze apart from mo...

    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 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 Service - La Griglia

    It should come as no surprise that a Vallone Group restaurant would claim the coveted prize of best service. Tony Vallone, the patriarch of Houston's most elite dining dynasty, has instilled this work ethic in all his progeny, who provide a horde of ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Value - La Vista

    The regulars lined up outside this tiny sidewalk cafe don't want the secret to get out, but too bad. La Vista is too good to keep quiet. Not only are aptly prepared modern American, Italian and even south-of-the-border dishes offered at a fraction of...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Comfort Food - 59 Diner

    Solace and comfort can be found in the chicken pot pie from the 59 Diner, but be sure to bring a healthy appetite, since the serving is substantial. As you break through the crispy biscuit crust, allowing the steam to dissipate, you'll reach plenty o...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Kids' Meal Toys - Mission Burritos

    Day care has left you broke, but still you have your pride. You hate the fluorescent-lit, Formica-table fast-food experience. You don't want the kids to eat rubbery deep-fried poultry by-products. And please, no more of those offensive, licensed-char...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Vegetarian Restaurant - Madras Pavilion

    Unless they have chosen a vegetarian way of life, some people won't let anything green cross their lips. An easy way to see some of the magnificent things that can be done with vegetables is at the lunch buffet ($6.95 weekdays, $8.95 weekends) at Mad...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Cuban Restaurant - Cafe Piquet

    Waiters with white shirts and black mustaches, wonderful photos and memorabilia of Cuba, and an air of quiet sophistication make Cafe Piquet the No. 1 choice for Cuban dining in Houston. The buttery black beans and gooey sweet bronze plantains are pe...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best 15 Minutes of Fame - A.J. McClure, Kaufman County

    On June 16, the New Black Panthers had every right to be pissed. They'd dressed all in eye-catching black. They arrived at the state GOP convention in Houston in a rare Hummer limousine. And most of them came to the protest party armed with all manne...

    on September 21, 2000
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