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    Best Nachos - Italian nachos, Ciro's Italian Grill

    If you ask the owner of Ciro's Italian Grill, Ciro Lampasas, how the delightful Italian nachos came into thankful existence, he'll tell you it's what you get when an Italian restaurant owner and his Mexican kitchen manager cross culinary wits. This a...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Pasta - Josephine's Ristorante

    As much as we love the pasta explosion of the past 20 years (lighter sauces, Asian pastas, Cajun pastas, pan-cross cultural pastas, you know the rest), sometimes it's nice to eat the kind of pasta that reminds us why we loved it so much in the first ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Shish Kebab - Cafe East

    The "East" in this spiffy, clean little restaurant, housed in a former fast-food outlet, does not refer to its location in Houston (it's actually on the far west side of the city), but to the Russian word for east, vostok. In Russia, east is a shorth...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Beignets - Crescent City Beignets

    Shuffling your tray down the line at Crescent City Beignets amid the Lamar High students, you can't help feeling like you're eating breakfast in the high school cafeteria. You also can't help wondering whether these beignets are going to be as good a...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Catfish - Goode Co. Seafood

    The twisted, splintery logs stacked in a pile behind Goode Co. Seafood right next to the barbecue pits are a good omen. Just in case anyone was worried, there will be mesquite-smoked catfish tonight. In a day and age where catfish just isn't consider...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Steak Dinner for Two for 20 Bucks - PJ's Sports Bar

    Finding a cheap steak dinner can be dicey -- if the price is right, the meal usually isn't. Small tough cuts of meat that have been sitting under a warming light for an hour or so ain't a bargain, no matter how inexpensive they might be. PJ's Sports ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Vietnamese Sandwic

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Club Sandwich - Express Deli

    'Tis a monstrous thing, this double-decker piled high and sliced in substantial halves, not those traditional quarters. That single diagonal cut, though, is as far as Express Deli, the all-purpose lunch counter-grocery on the ground floor of Houston ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Curried Goat - Sheshahnen

    The $5.99 lunch buffet at this Pakistani hangout is an incredible bargain. The zesty curried goat features the softest goat meat you've ever eaten. Pakistani curry is spicy and much more exciting than most Indian versions. There also are plenty of ch...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Fried Chicken - Frenchy's Chicken

    Time, an endless river, rolls along, as does the channelized stream of Brays Bayou, a few blocks south of Frenchy's Chicken. But this family-run operation just keeps on keepin' on. Opened in 1969 by Louisiana native Frenchy Cruzot, this small 99 perc...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Iced Tea - Kaldi Cafe

    Iced tea is a gracious beverage. It hints of endless refills and an infinity of time, and it's the right thing to drink at funky, laid-back Kaldi Cafe, where no one is ever in a hurry. Kaldi offers tea drinkers a nifty selection of flavors du jour --...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Martini - The Twister, The Remington Grill

    In our ardent quest for Houston's best martini, we asked several bartenders to define the drink. Of course, each gave us a different answer -- and all were correct. While there are some definite guidelines, a single definition does not exist. A gener...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best New York Deli Sandwich - Kahn's Deli

    Weighing in at slightly less than a pound, the Reuben ($6.99) at Kahn's Deli is a delicious way to exercise jaw muscles. It's a jungle of pungent sauerkraut, piles of corned beef and a thick layer of melted Swiss cheese that makes one wonder if any h...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Poor Boy - La Tapatia Taqueria Mexican Cafe

    La Tapatia Taqueria's poor boys are practically an entire Mexican meal between two fresh buns. Along with a belt-bustingly generous serving of one of 12 meats or a veggie, the sandwich is smeared with refried beans and sour cream. It also includes sl...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Drive-thru Drink - Frozen lemonade, Bambolino's

    1. Houston is a car city. 2. Houston is hot. 3. Driving in the heat makes you crave big cold drinks. Which is why you should drive to Bambolino's. Without leaving your car, you can buy a semifrozen lemonade for a piddling $1.29. At 32 ounces, t...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bar Food - Pizza at Kenneally's

    Pizza? At an Irish bar? We didn't think that made sense either. We were expecting DiGiorno or something far more frozen. But this homemade pizza is the best we've ever tasted. They've made it fresh every day for the past 11 years, and they almost alw...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Chicken-Fried Steak - Treebeards

    Normally Texans do not associate chicken-fried steak with a Cajun restaurant. Granted, the one served up at Treebeards -- best known for its red beans and rice -- is not the typical battered piece of meat smothered in a white cream gravy. Instead, th...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Margarita - Cafe Adobe

    Life is complicated enough. Don't let your liquor be that way. Unhappily, Houston has hundreds of bars and restaurants trying to hook consumers with ever-evolving concoctions. By all means, let them audition. Encourage them to pour all kinds of fruit...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Drive-thru Drink - Frozen lemonade, Bambolino's

    1. Houston is a car city. 2. Houston is hot. 3. Driving in the heat makes you crave big cold drinks. Which is why you should drive to Bambolino's. Without leaving your car, you can buy a semifrozen lemonade for a piddling $1.29. At 32 ounces, t...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Cold Boiled Shrimp - Captain Benny's Half Shell Oyster Bars

    Some people refer to journalists as bottom-feeders. Well, as long as there are crustaceans like the ones served up at the Captain's around, we will consider ourselves in good company. Since the restaurant is best known for its oysters on the half she...

    on September 21, 2000
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