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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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    Best Salad - Carraba's

    When Johnny Carraba wanted to pay tribute to a couple of family members, he bestowed upon them a true culinary honor in our book, the Johnny Rocco salad ($10). The name is a combination of Carraba's dad, Johnny, and good old Uncle Rocco. The salad is...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Professional Wench - Lucenden "Loosey" Crotch

    Her real name is Catherine Douglas, and she's a Florida-born actress and comedienne, making a living doing what she loves best. But when she slips on her corseted milkmaid dress, pushes her freckled cleavage up to her chin and puts on a choppy Scotti...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Banjo Teacher - Anton Ullrich

    Full disclosure: We haven't exactly traipsed around town sampling the services of the city's presumably multitudinous banjo instructors (check the Yellow Pages -- that "multitudinous" bit was a joke), but we have shopped widely for one of the semi-ar...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place for a Free Massage - The Sharper Image

    Remember when bars used to cater expansive free buffets to entice people to walk through the door? Remember how you used to go there, order a Coke and eat like a wild pig? This is the same philosophy, only with less guilt. While your parsimonious par...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Music Store - Soundwaves

    To be the best, a music store has to carry a vast selection. For those whose tastes run all over the board, you can find everything from your favorite Jello Biafra or Henry Rollins spoken-word CD to Peter Allen's At His Best. You also will find every...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place for a First Date - Mi Luna

    Dating is like ordering tapas: You try a whole bunch of different things and you hope you get something you like that agrees with you and doesn't make you sick. Mi Luna is a fun "first date" -- it's like a fancy mall food court, because you each can ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Former Soviet Union Grocery and Deli - Russian General Store

    Now that there are several stores catering to the large and growing Russophone community of Houston, it's possible to pick the best one. This little spot, located in an obscure strip center in southwest Houston, is a true general store in the America...

    on September 21, 2000
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