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    Best New Downtown Bar - Slainte

    Slainte (pronounced "SLAWN-cha") is a Gaelic drinking toast, which translates roughly to "Cheers!" Stools are situated around a big black barrel of Jameson whiskey, a James Joyce quote is on the wall, and Lord of the Dance music fills the air. You ca...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Participatory Sporting Event - Houston Marathon, www.compaqhoustonmarathon.com

    Are you the CEO of an international corporation? Are you always looking for ways to spend that extra pocket change? Do you dream of supporting a vital component of our city's attempt at health consciousness? If so, the Houston Marathon could have use...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Driving Accessory - Key Maps

    When it comes to getting around in a car, Houston is a sprawling, featureless, illogically laid out mess. Which means you should never attempt to get anywhere without a Key Map in the car. For 42 years the Rau family has been producing annually updat...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Lobbyist - New Houston Port Commission Chair Jim Edmonds

    If he wasn't the best-known municipal lobbyist before he was elevated to the prestigious chairmanship in June, he will be now. For years affable, low-key Jim Edmonds has run with the big boys, ranging from developer Walter Mischer to financial guru T...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Mall-Walking - Memorial City Mall

    Mall management usually is ambivalent about walkers. Not Memorial City Mall. They encourage indoor exercise. Mall walkers can gain access beginning at 5:30 a.m. each day. Throughout the mall, plaques mark a walking course at one-eighth-mile intervals...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Gadfly - Dan Hart

    Dan Hart is the indefatigable property tax activist who bugs Harris County Tax Appraisal District officials with the persistence of a salt marsh mosquito. Hart, a retired Kinkaid School coach, has embraced the role of tax watchdog as a second career,...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Source for Texas Political Info - Quorum Report

    For a $175 annual subscription, this Austin-based political newsletter published by Bellaire High grad Harvey Kronberg churns up plenty of information. Features of the Quorum Report Web site (quorumreport.com) include bulletins in the form of the Dai...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Frisbee Players - The intramural, lacrosse and rugby fields at Rice University

    That's where you'll see hot players getting a ho-d (diving horizontal to deflect a disc), throwing a hammer (humming a Frisbee like a baseball) or hucking the disc (tossing a Frisbee 50 yards or more). The Rice fields are home to Enfuego (for men) an...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bread - Whole Foods Market

    Rosemary-and-olive-oil focaccia was the bread special the last time we stopped by Whole Foods on Kirby. The flat, crunchy Italian bread dripping with olive oil didn't make it out of the parking lot in one piece. Day in and day out, Whole Foods stocks...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Apartment Complex Tennis Center - Westchase Ranch Resort Apartments

    Let's face it: When you think of apartment complex tennis courts, the image of a lumpy concrete slab with a woefully uneven, dilapidated span of chain-link fence serving as the net probably comes to mind. Most complexes tend to throw in a tennis cour...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Tamales - Berryhill Hot Tamales

    One of the last of Houston's old-time tamale men was an American Indian named Walter Berryhill. Dressed in a white jacket and top hat, Berryhill sold tamales from his pushcart in River Oaks. He rigged the cart with a propane burner in order to comply...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Canoe - Armand Bayou Nature Center

    The experts -- assuming people who join canoe clubs can be called experts -- agree: For shoulder-powered, water-top locomotion, Armand Bayou is where it's at. Declared a coastal preserve by Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Armand Bayou watershed near Cl...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Racetrack - Houston Raceway Park

    Houston has never been known as a hotbed for big-time auto racing. Sure, A.J. Foyt grew up in the Heights, but as far as top-notch racing facilities are concerned, forget it. That was, until 1988, when Houston Raceway Park in Baytown came onto the sc...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Drive-thru Food - Chicken tortas, Taqueria Fiesta Guadalajara,

    First, you need to take into account the logistics of eating while driving. For the record, a car with a standard transmission is not the most desirable drive-thru vehicle, unless you have someone in the passenger seat to help out. Shifting gears com...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Gymnast - Sean Townsend

    While most 21-year-old males are too busy kickin' it with the guys or trying to get lucky on Friday night, Sean Townsend logged more than 25 hours in the gym per week training for what he hoped would be a spot on the 2000 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Crabs - Kim Son, 2001 Jefferson, (713)222-2461

    After five years of satisfying customers with his famous black-pepper crabs ($11.95), Kim Son owner Tan La became concerned that the restaurant's most spectacular menu item was becoming pass. So he sent his mother back to Vietnam to find another cra...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Franchise Owner - Mark Rice, Houston Marshals

    After only two games in its inaugural season, the four-team Spring Football League suspended its operations, owing largely to microscopic attendance. But you have to admire Houston investment banker and restaurateur Mark Rice, who owns the league's H...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Baseball Announcer - Jim DeShaies, Astros radio and TV

    It's easy to be an engaging analyst when the team you're covering is breezing to championships. It's a little tougher to hold viewers' interest when the bottom falls out, and when you have to walk the fine line between offering much-needed criticism ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to See a Polo Game - Houston Polo Club

    Polo used to be called the sport of kings because you had to have six horses to play (one for each period in the game). These days you don't have to be a member of the royal family to play, and you sure don't have to be upper-class to watch. Polo is ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Driving Range - Memorial Golf Course

    Summers in Houston -- especially this summer, when temperatures were pushing 110 degrees into September -- are a detriment to your golf game. It's hot and sticky, the fairways are parched and burned, and the greens are baked to the unforgiving consis...

    on September 21, 2000
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