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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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    Best New Theater - Ashland Street Theatre Co.,

    Even the surroundings are theatrical -- sort of. When you drive up to Ashland Street Theatre Co., the first thing you see is the factory at the end of the street. Huge and metallic and glowing in the shadowy darkness, the ominous building looks like ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Restaurant for Lunch - Ouisie's Table

    Many will say this category is too broad. Do we mean best power lunch? Best place for ladies who lunch? Best place for a quick bite -- alone? How about all of the above? No longer a tiny cafe in an old house, Ouisie's has moved to more upscale digs, ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Poetry Magazine - tongue magazine

    Get your heads out the damn gutter right now! Despite its suggestive title, tongue is a magazine that specializes in the words of local creative minds. Believe it or not, this city has an eclectic poetry scene. And with all the spoken-word nights tha...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Hunk o' Meat - Capital Grille

    If you like your meat well hung -- gastronomically speaking, that is -- you'll love the dry-aged, certified Angus porterhouse steak ($30) at the Capital Grille. The dry-aging process takes place in an environment where the temperature, humidity and a...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Radio Station - KTRU/91.7 FM

    Selecting Houston's best supplier of over-the-airwaves music can seem like an exercise in picking the lesser evil. Between corporate-held stations controlled by focus groups and a public station run by a general manager who seems intent on destroying...

    on September 21, 2000
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