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    Best Ferry - Lynchburg

    We dithered on this one: Lynchburg or Bolivar? Bolivar or Lynchburg? Lynchburg is a shorter ride, a smaller, perhaps cozier ferry, and it operates in the appropriately industrial seascape of the Ship Channel near the San Jacinto Monument, which is al...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Water Park - Adventure Bay

    When it comes to adventures in baby-sitting, water parks are a no-brainer. But don't let the big guys drown out Houston's best-kept secret: Adventure Bay. On just 12 acres in far west Houston, it's intimate enough to let older kids roam free (though ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Happy Hour - JR.'s Bar & Grill

    Right in the center of Houston's gay bars, JR.'s has one of the longest and most entertaining happy hours around. Though its patrons are predominantly gay men, people of all persuasions are welcome (age 21 and older, that is). Happy hour begins at no...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to In-line Skate - River Oaks

    I'm sorry, what did you say? The Fruit Loop offers the best blading in town? Honey, you need to start thinking like a realtor: location, location, location. What a difference a couple of miles makes. With its stratospheric tax bracket, River Oaks off...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Mile of Houston - The 1000 block of Memorial Drive to 900 Texas Avenue

    Houston's strength is in diversity and ever-evolving transitions. Nothing shows this off better than the last leg of Memorial Drive into the city. Relish the tribute to nature on the green-space trails along Buffalo Bayou, the ones accented with publ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Soup - El Rey Taqueria

    You probably wouldn't know it to look at it, but this tiny Cuban/Mexican restaurant with a drive-thru offers up the best chicken tortilla soup in the city. Walk inside, though, and you'll see the chickens rotating on the old-fashioned rotisserie, som...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Park Your Car and Walk Two Feet for an Ice-Cold Shiner - West Alabama Ice House

    You're stuck in traffic, the temperature is over 100 degrees, and you're thirsty. Highway beer billboards are making you even thirstier. This is what hell must be like, you think to yourself. Pull off the highway and head to the West Alabama Ice Hous...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Get Away from Cars - Cypresswood Stables

    Step out of the city and into the Wild West. Down Cyprus Woods Road out in Humble is Cyprus Trails. You pull into the driveway, and the yard is filled with horses tethered to trees and roaming around. On your left is a pen filled with puppies and a p...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Revolution - Seabrook's recall election

    Democracy reared its not-so-ugly head in Seabrook this year when residents got mightily pissed off that their elected officials were determined to bring a mammoth billion (with a "B")-dollar container port to the doorstep of their small town. Visions...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bar with a Ghost Story - The Ale House

    Lend an ear to anybody over at the hallowed beer hall, and they will tell stories of the apparition that has been lurking in the nooks and crannies of the place for ages. Just how long has this spook been around? Well, long enough that the people hav...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Citizens - Mark and Louise Zwick

    For more than two decades the Zwicks have helped thousands of Latin American immigrants make the transition to life in the United States. What began as a humble shelter for refugees from war-torn Central America has evolved into a multifaceted operat...

    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 Place to Meet Single Men - Kay's Lounge

    Walk into this dive, and you're surrounded by beer and boys. The walls are papered in beer ads, and hanging over the Texas-shaped table is a faux Tiffany lamp advertising Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miller Lite. Around the Texas table are men, men, men. Me...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Roller Rink - Dairy Ashford Roller Rink, 1820 South Dairy Ashford, (281)493-5651

    Grade school and junior high in the '80s. Days of tube socks, Keds, T-shirt rings and passing crushes. Every Friday night you traded in your sneakers for a pair of brown quads with bright orange wheels and fat rubber toe-stops. If you were really coo...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Lawyer - Richard Burr

    Richard Burr is the veteran Houston attorney who devoted his intellect and emotions to fighting the death penalty long before Governor George Bush's run for president made the issue a hot-button topic with the national media. Burr started his career ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners - Cleveland Turner's house, 3311 Sampson Street

    Sometimes referred to as the Flower Man, Cleveland Turner is a former drunk who slipped the grip of booze by promising God he'd dedicate his life as a sober man to creating a place of uncommon beauty. God must have held him to the vow, because Turner...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Licuado - Banana flavor, Nuo Leon

    On those days when Houston's summer refuses to end, when your eyes hurt from too much sunlight and your pores are clogged with sweat, when plastic objects melt on your dashboard, when you see squirrels spread-eagle on the ground, panting, and the nei...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Politician - Paul Bettencourt, Harris County tax-assessor collector

    After the death of 51-year Democratic incumbent Carl Smith, former corporate salesman and GOP Harris County treasurer Paul Bettencourt ran a political gauntlet to win the post. After Commissioner Steve Radack pushed the appointment of former Oilers d...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Local Girls Gone Bad - Krystal Maddox, Lisa Warzeka, Katie Dunn and Michelle Morneau

    The long arm of the law has permanently broken up that old gang of Kingwood High School convenience-store banditas whose rampage for cash and cigarettes earned them face time on such national news shows as 20-20 and 48 Hours. The trio most involved i...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Landlord - Brian Copeland

    Brian Copeland is definitely the nicest landlord in town. He owns five area properties, but he has scaled down and sold a few apartment houses so that he and his partner, Tyler, can spend more time with their adorable son. Most landlords are just peo...

    on September 21, 2000
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