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    Best Oil Change - K&R Tire

    Don't let the name of the place fool you. K&R Tire is a full-service auto shop. They'll do your oil change while you wait, often in the same amount of time it takes those other franchises that promise you oil, lube and filter in a jiff. The differenc...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Gourmet Doggy Biscuits - Three Dog Bakery

    This store is heaven for the yuppie puppy. Situated in River Oaks, it's a place where people spend $12 for a bottle of ChampPagne (which is Canadian spring water). The pastry case rivals that of Three Brothers Bakery just down the street. (Sometimes ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Gay Role Model - Gene Mikulenka

    When he was growing up in the town of Hallettsville, Gene Mikulenka thought the word "gay" meant that you smoked pot, that you were cool. One day a couple of guys came into the restaurant where he worked and asked Gene if he was gay. "I did it a coup...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Auto Parts Store - SGP Racing

    SGP Racing in Deer Park isn't one of those places you drop off your car for a quickie oil change or brake check. It's the place where serious speed and performance enthusiasts might leave their cars for weeks for engine overhauls, ridiculous amounts ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Downtown Bar That's Still There - Brewery Tap

    Don't get us wrong. We love the "revitalization" of downtown. We love the crowds, the foot traffic, the energy and the fact that in some bars you have to wear the right fucking clothes to get a drink. This is not our idea of alcohol consumption. Our ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Used Boots - Texas Junk Company

    A pair of purple ropers from the '80s. A needle-nosed black pair with six impressive rows of stitching on the shaft. A '50s pair of toddler boots with nifty red inlays. White majorette boots with fringe. High-heeled fashion boots from the '70s. Eleph...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bloody Mary - Four Seasons Hotel

    So it's a chichi hotel -- the Four Seasons still makes a mean Bloody, equally adept at killing a hangover as slaking a fierce thirst on a hot day. The house vodka, though a little too carefully measured for our taste, is Smirnoff -- not some generic ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bridge - Dunlavy Street bridge over U.S. 59

    Yeah, yeah. We know. The bridges being built over U.S. 59 have caused ridiculously frequent freeway closures. And on the occasion when 59 is open, drivers have to risk life and limb just negotiating the lane merges around heavy machinery. But as our ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Judges - 14th Court of Appeals Chief Justice Paul Murphy and Justice John Anderson

    Justices Paul Murphy and John Anderson brought the wrath of GOP social conservatives down on their heads by ruling that the state's antediluvian homosexual conduct law discriminates against gays by banning sexual behavior that is legal for straights....

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best New Downtown Club - Mercury Room

    Dorothy Parker would drink here. The old Isis Theater has been restored to its swinging, speakeasy style. There's a 25-foot-long cherry-wood bar with a rolling library ladder to get to the good stuff. You can buy a $4 bottle of Bud Light and order ca...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Mountain Bike - The Ant Hills

    We know what you're thinking. Mountain biking? In Houston? Well, our famously flat town has its own version: bicycling the bayou. The best-kept mountain-biking secret in town is the Ant Hills, a system of ten-plus miles of trails and paths along Buff...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bureaucrat - City Parks Director Oliver Spellman

    City Parks Director Oliver Spellman is without question Mayor Lee Brown's most popular appointee as a city department head. Spellman, formerly the Cleveland, Ohio, parks chief, faced a daunting task when he arrived in Houston in the spring of 1998. T...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Chicken Salad Sandwich - Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy, (713)528-1993

    "You eat there?" most people ask. Yes, we eat there. Most people go to Brasil for coffee or Hawaiian Punch-like hibiscus tea, but we always order the same thing: the spicy chicken salad sandwich. Most chicken salad sandwiches are little more than shr...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Country Club - Harrisburg Country Club

    Trick answer: As you may have guessed by the street name, the Harrisburg Country Club is not a country club at all, but an exceptionally cheeky icehouse, and a fine example of the genre at that. "Just good folks" and "Just good food," promise the sig...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Local Terrorist - Lloyd Kelley

    Lloyd Kelley never worked for the U.S. Postal Service, but the former cop, city councilmember and controller has been living up to the standard set in the 1990s by the both-barrels-blazing mail clerks. Once a rising star in Republican political circl...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bobsledder - Meg Henderson

    Six months of the year Meg Henderson is a med student at Baylor College of Medicine. The other six months she lives in Park City, Utah, training for the 2002 Olympics with the national bobsledding team. Meg's sister, Kate, calls her the Dot Richardso...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Road to Drive When You Happen to Have Your Martini Shaker Handy and Are Thirsty - Westheimer

    So The Incredible Hulk gets ahold of our roads, and all the City of Houston can do is set up orange cones and sawhorses around the damage. Oy vey. Driving down Westheimer, specifically through the Montrose area, has become as jarring as navigating th...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bar Decor - Dean's Credit Clothing

    Sure, we were sad to see the well-preserved grit and grime of the old Dean's go. But let's face it: The couches smelled like pee, and the dark, cluttered room was a minefield of opportunities to fall on your ass. Besides, the new yuppified version of...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Houston Comet - Sheryl Swoopes

    By now you're probably familiar with the TV promotional campaign in which pickup hoopsters are told that the women of the WNBA are "better than you are." If you're like most guys, your response goes something like, "Yeah, right." In the case of the H...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Mystery - Why Lee Brown hired Jerry King as public works director

    Freshly elected in 1998, Mayor Lee Brown had a chance to add substance to his well-padded rsum by doing what predecessor Bob Lanier had only pretended to do: shore up the city's sagging infrastructure with an aggressive public works program. Lanier...

    on September 21, 2000
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