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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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    Best Dim Sum - Ocean Palace

    Being new, big and shiny, Ocean Palace has a few obvious advantages over its competitors: a ballroom-size dining room with 100 tables, a pond in front of the restaurant garnished with lily pads, and substantial hype that keeps people waiting every Su...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Fried Rice - Chinese Cafe

    At most Chinese restaurants, fear the "special" fried rice. Rumored to be made of day-old rice and whatever leftover meat and vegetable bits fall from the cutting board, the only thing special about the rice is that it's drowned in soy sauce, creatin...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Garlic Beef - The Golden Room

    Almost everything at this Thai/Chinese restaurant is good. One strange bonus is that the place is almost always empty. The walls are red with gold trim and funky Chinese artifacts; the waitstaff smiles and doesn't say much. The garlic beef is the bes...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Lemonade - Barnaby's Cafe

    Some things you just can't get year-round in other parts of the country. Take lemonade: It's a seasonal refreshment up north, and even then, it's usually made with the powdered stuff in a can. That's not the case in Houston, or at Barnaby's Cafe. Eve...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Mashed Potatoes - Vallone's Steaks, Fish & Chops

    Once you get over the fact that they look like a failed attempt at guacamole -- made with the bright green avocado paste, no less -- you'll realize that the poblano pepper mashed potatoes at Vallone's are some spectacular spuds. Sure, the bright colo...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Miller's Crossing - Frozen, cloned or retooled, Miller Quarles plans to live forever. But time is running out.

    O woe! What do I do now, where do I go now? Death has devoured my body, Death dwells in my body, Wherever I go, wherever I look, there stands Death! -- Epic of Gilgamesh Miller Quarles raises his arms in triumph and allows a smile to st...

    by John Suval on September 14, 2000
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    Brawl on the Boardwalk - With litigation-loving millionaires as landlord and tenant of the Landry's empire in Kemah, the mother of all eviction wars is under way

    The shiny, sparkling, so-family-friendly-it-hurts Kemah Boardwalk is, in many ways, a perfect symbol of Houston and its environs at the booming turn of the century. Take a collection of comfortably ramshackle seafood restaurants, stuck just far enou...

    by Richard Connelly on September 14, 2000
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    Tackling the Taboo - Despite suicides and inner strife, Asian-Americans resist psychotherapy

    In the 11th-floor radio broadcast studio, with the glimmering lights of the Southwest Freeway before her, psychotherapist Hanh Vo adjusts her headphones. Twice a month she discusses mental health issues on Voice of Vietnam. Leaning forward into the m...

    by Melissa Hung on September 14, 2000
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    A Few Minor Problems - Licensing body piercers to protect youngsters sounds good. But enforcement drags.

    Maryanne never had a problem letting her 14-year-old daughter spend the night at her best friend's house. The girl's parents weren't usually at home, but she considered her daughter responsible for her age. Another girlfriend was there, too. The thre...

    by Kamilah Duggins on September 14, 2000
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