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    Best Mexican Bakery - Taqueria del Sol Restaurant & Authentic Mexican Taco House

    After spending way too much money on Day of the Dead bread at a bakery inside the Loop last year, a friend-in-the-know pointed us to this bakery, fused to the side of a taqueria near Hobby Airport. Order your Day of the Dead bread early, as this popu...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Boot Repair - Herman Shoe Repair

    "We doctor shoes. We heel them, we save their soles and attend their dyeing." So goes the motto of Herman Shoe Repair, a mom-and-pop outfit run out of a converted old house in the Heights. The place, owned by veteran boot repairman Herman McCarty, is...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Pet Pharmacy - BCP Veterinary Pharmacy

    We don't know about your pets, but ours don't like to take medication. At all. We have the battle scars to prove it. Instead of buying cases of first-aid ointment to heal all the wounds received while trying to administer medication to our asthmatic ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Asian Bakery - St. Honor Bakery

    For a bakery, St. Honor is located in a weird place: inside an Asian mall that is perpetually empty, its escalators moving and moving nobody at all. Never mind, though. Just head straight to the bakery on the first floor, with the window display of ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Middle Eastern Grocery - Droubi's

    Meandering the aisles of Droubi's with Arabic music in the air, one can imagine wandering through a Lebanese open market, only with air-conditioning. The aroma of constantly baking bread that is sold still warm, a myriad of bulk herbs and spices sold...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Bartender - Fred Turton

    Legend has it that Fred once threw a couple out of Rudyard's because they ordered only water. All right, so it sounds a little harsh. Actually, it's comforting. The world is full of bartenders who are willing to give you free water, listen to your st...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Exterminator - Bugs & Burglars

    The founder, owner, operator and sole employee of Bugs & Burglars is Roy Law Elliot, a Houston native who has also been, at one time or another, the owner of Doctor Doom's Garage of Mystery (a legendary Volkswagen repair facility in Berkeley, Califor...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Wine Store - Christopher's Wine Warehouse

    There is nothing quite like Christopher's in Houston. The creation of the husband-and-wife team of Christopher and Donna Massie, this 6,000-square-foot, single-venue operation offers rare wines that sometimes are allocated by growers and importers to...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Russian Grocery - Moscow Market & Deli

    This cheery newcomer, way out west on Memorial at Kirkwood, is targeted at Houston's 40,000 plus Russophone community. Even if you know less about Russia than, say, a Republican ambassador to Moscow, you can still profitably explore the spiffy, well-...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Place to Buy Roses - Jana's Flowers

    Before Metro decided to tear up Main and Fannin at the same time, we used to like to run down to the flower district north of the Medical Center to pick up a dozen roses if we were in love, in trouble, or both. But now that the area resembles Kosovo,...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Wash-and-Fold - Fairview Cleaners

    For decades this Montrose mom-and-pop institution has been doing what everyone hates to do: your laundry. Get your clothes in by 7 a.m. and you can have them back by 5 p.m. Your shirts will be on hangers, and everything else will be neatly folded and...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Thrift Store - Value Village

    The two most important words when it comes to thrift store shopping are quality and quantity. Value Village is both. Those of you who are pros at this kind of shopping will fall to your knees and thank the thrift gods above that this store exists. Ro...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Asian Grocery - Dynasty Supermarket

    You can tell right away that Dynasty Supermarket is an authentic Asian market when you walk in, because of one telltale sign: It stinks like fish. There to the left are the fish swarming in overcrowded tanks, and in another tub crabs crawl over each ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Bookstore - Bookstop

    Sure, we're the types who would tend to go for the independent bookshop over the big chains, but there's good reason to praise this subsidiary of Barnes & Noble. Unlike, say, the shopping center housing the River Oaks Borders, which ended up plowing ...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Tofu/Soy Products - Whole Foods Market

    The problem with soy is that it's kind of boring in its natural state. That's why you need to get to a place that will take this brilliant source of protein and transform it into countless mouthwatering, delicious edibles. Okay, so Whole Foods doesn'...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Grocery Employee - Dawn

    Her name tag reads "Dawn," and she's always there with a smile. This very small Fiesta is in a transitional neighborhood, so the customers cross a wide income range, with a variety of demands. On one busy weekend, Dawn was working all by herself. The...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Bookstore for People Who Don't Read - Menil Collection Bookstore

    All freedom-loving people would be inspired to walk into the Menil Collection Bookstore and see, front and center on the largest display rack, an art-book cover photograph of a very lifelike sculpture of an erect penis -- and directly across from the...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best African Art Store - Black Heritage Gallery

    Local artist Joan Bristow has works on display at Black Heritage Gallery, a venue she likes for its diversity. Bristow hails from Trinidad and paints images on silk. She is having some framed at the store, which is how we learned about the small spac...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Tattoo Parlor - Miss Fortune Tattoo

    So, your boyfriend went back to his wife? Your shrink's out of the country? Someone else won your Pulitzer Prize? For every reason you have to get a tattoo, there's a place in town that can do it. But if you wanna get inked right, we suggest you head...

    on September 20, 2001
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    Best Used CDs - CD Warehouse

    God only knows who would sell their copy of End on End by Rites of Spring, but aren't you glad somebody did? Because CD Warehouse had this kick-ass Washington, D.C., rock band priced at only $3.99, just one of the many treasures buried in this chain ...

    on September 20, 2001
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