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    Best Bookstore for People Who Don't Read - Menil Collection Bookstore

    All freedom-loving people would be inspired to walk into the Menil Collection Bookstore and see, front and center on the largest display rack, an art-book cover photograph of a very lifelike sculpture of an erect penis -- and directly across from the...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best African Art Store - Black Heritage Gallery

    Local artist Joan Bristow has works on display at Black Heritage Gallery, a venue she likes for its diversity. Bristow hails from Trinidad and paints images on silk. She is having some framed at the store, which is how we learned about the small spac...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Tattoo Parlor - Miss Fortune Tattoo

    So, your boyfriend went back to his wife? Your shrink's out of the country? Someone else won your Pulitzer Prize? For every reason you have to get a tattoo, there's a place in town that can do it. But if you wanna get inked right, we suggest you head...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Used CDs - CD Warehouse

    God only knows who would sell their copy of End on End by Rites of Spring, but aren't you glad somebody did? Because CD Warehouse had this kick-ass Washington, D.C., rock band priced at only $3.99, just one of the many treasures buried in this chain ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Newsstand - Globe News

    Mega-stands may come and go, but Globe is forever. In business since 1961, Globe News is not only the best, it's also the oldest. And it has the musty smell that a newsstand should have. Its selection covers the waterfront of publishing from newsweek...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Auto Repair - Montrose Tire & Automotive Center

    On the front end of the Honda Civic, at least a mid-'90s model, there is a splash guard that rides very low to the road. It frequently hits the pavement when being driven out of parking lots or up to concrete parking blocks. After a couple of years o...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Houston Astro - Octavio Dotel

    When Octavio Dotel came to the Astros from the Mets in 1999, he saw himself as a starter, not a reliever. As he kept getting driven from games by opposing batters last season, he still saw himself as a starter simply going through a rough patch. And ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Place to Hear the Crack of the Bat (and of the Bones) - Harris County Senior Softball League, Bayland Park

    Beyond the well-manicured youth diamonds of Bayland is the always reliable Field of Dreams: the domain of the Harris County Senior Softball League. These participants, of course, also are kids, ranging from the tender age of 50 upward into the octoge...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Area Team - Houston Astros

    Being an Astros fan is never easy. If the team breezes to a division title, it gets knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. (If it struggles to a division title, it gets knocked out just as early.) The team seems inherently incapable of takin...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Bird-Watching Outside City Limits - Stewart Road, Galveston

    Galveston's Stewart Road is unknown to all but the most curious of island day-trippers. Running parallel to FM 3005 from 61st Street all the way to 13 Mile Road, this scenic byway cuts through the live oak-studded pastures and salt marshes that offer...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Gym - Fitness Exchange

    All things being fairly equal in the equipment and weights department, what makes a gym stand out? For us, it's cleanliness. Immaculate describes Fitness Exchange, with personnel making sure it stays that way all throughout the day. A smudge on a mir...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Sports Bar - Nick's Sports Bar & Grill

    Ain't nuttin' fancy 'bout Nick's. And "nuttin'" is definitely the way it's pronounced around here, where the Up Nawth atmosphere is thick (the Web site offers links to the official team sites for the Rockets, the Astros and the Green Bay Packers). Ni...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Public Tennis Courts - Memorial Park

    Not all tennis stars are raised on pristine country club courts under the watchful eye of a sweater-wearing coach named Rex. Some make it through the local communist athletic program. Venus and Serena Williams had neither luxury. Instead, they sweate...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Mall-Walking - Katy Mills

    When Katy Mills opened in 1999, it sent a press kit out that had all sorts of useless trivia about the gargantuan size of the place, such as "Telephone wire: 2,600,000 feet, enough to go around Loop 610 13 times" and "The amount of dirt used to build...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Go-carts - Speedy's Go Cart

    Don't you just hate it when a go-cart track is so crammed into the available space that the course is little but a series of traffic-jam-inducing hairpin curves? Don't you hate it when at least one car conks out every time, putting up the yellow caut...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Place to Inline Skate - Southampton

    Asphalt. Beautiful asphalt. This area is jam-packed with it. You can roll from Rice University up to the Southwest Freeway and from Kirby Drive east to Mandell with nary a glimpse of concrete, gravel or potholes. We suggest you start somewhere on Nor...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Place to Drink Bloody Marys - Palace Lanes Bowling Alley

    Forget brunch. We submit that the best time for a Bloody Mary is when you're bowling. Bowling can make you thirsty (it's a sport, you know), and Bloody Marys are light and refreshing. But they're also strong enough to help you take yourself a little ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Bike Path - West White Oak Bayou Trail

    Would you believe Houston has more than 200 miles of bikeways? Well, it's true. And the West White Oak Bayou Trail comprises five of the best. Just a year old, the 12-foot-wide concrete path follows its namesake bayou from T.C. Jester at 11th Street ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Houston Comet - Tina Thompson

    In the first season following Cynthia Cooper's premature retirement, fans were looking forward to Sheryl Swoopes to carry the team to its fifth WNBA championship. But when a knee injury sidelined Sheryl for the entire season, Tina Thompson took over ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Houston Rocket - Steve Francis

    The Hakeem era -- those glorious days that brought Houston its first major pro championships -- is now, officially, history. The Dream is a Toronto Raptor, and he probably has a better chance of making the NBA Finals with new teammate Vince Carter th...

    on September 20, 2001
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