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    Best Beer Selection - The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

    Few Best of Houston categories are as clear-cut as this. Just count the taps. The newly opened Flying Saucer, in the newly renamed St. Germain building (it's known to real Houstonians as the H.S. Kress building), has 85 draft beer taps flowing. If no...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Mexican Bakery - La Victoria

    On weekends, cars wedge into the small lot of this service station-turned-panaderia, with most people hoofing it from distant parking spaces down the street. They know. They've been warring over parking spots every year for the last two decades or so...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Learn "The Whip" - SSQQ Dance Studio

    Before you get too excited, you should know that SSQQ stands for slow, slow, quick, quick, not sadomasochists squealing and quivering quietly. And instruction in "The Whip" has more to do with fancy footwork than learning how to inflict a blow that w...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Do-It-Yourself Nature Park - The woods on 11th Street in Timbergrove Manor

    Just west of the Heights, in the largely undiscovered subdivision of Timbergrove Manor, sit 21 acres of pine-tree-filled land, one of the largest such plots left inside the Loop. The land is owned by the Houston Independent School District, and resid...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Store in the Galleria - Discovery Channel store

    The Galleria is filled with stores trying to sell you stuff that you never knew you needed, but at least there's one whose merchandise can help you learn a thing or two. The Discovery Channel store is, not surprisingly, an offshoot of cable's Discove...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Oil Change - K&R Tire

    Don't let the name of the place fool you. K&R Tire is a full-service auto shop. They'll do your oil change while you wait, often in the same amount of time it takes those other franchises that promise you oil, lube and filter in a jiff. The differenc...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Gourmet Doggy Biscuits - Three Dog Bakery

    This store is heaven for the yuppie puppy. Situated in River Oaks, it's a place where people spend $12 for a bottle of ChampPagne (which is Canadian spring water). The pastry case rivals that of Three Brothers Bakery just down the street. (Sometimes ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Gay Role Model - Gene Mikulenka

    When he was growing up in the town of Hallettsville, Gene Mikulenka thought the word "gay" meant that you smoked pot, that you were cool. One day a couple of guys came into the restaurant where he worked and asked Gene if he was gay. "I did it a coup...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Auto Parts Store - SGP Racing

    SGP Racing in Deer Park isn't one of those places you drop off your car for a quickie oil change or brake check. It's the place where serious speed and performance enthusiasts might leave their cars for weeks for engine overhauls, ridiculous amounts ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Downtown Bar That's Still There - Brewery Tap

    Don't get us wrong. We love the "revitalization" of downtown. We love the crowds, the foot traffic, the energy and the fact that in some bars you have to wear the right fucking clothes to get a drink. This is not our idea of alcohol consumption. Our ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Used Boots - Texas Junk Company

    A pair of purple ropers from the '80s. A needle-nosed black pair with six impressive rows of stitching on the shaft. A '50s pair of toddler boots with nifty red inlays. White majorette boots with fringe. High-heeled fashion boots from the '70s. Eleph...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bloody Mary - Four Seasons Hotel

    So it's a chichi hotel -- the Four Seasons still makes a mean Bloody, equally adept at killing a hangover as slaking a fierce thirst on a hot day. The house vodka, though a little too carefully measured for our taste, is Smirnoff -- not some generic ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bridge - Dunlavy Street bridge over U.S. 59

    Yeah, yeah. We know. The bridges being built over U.S. 59 have caused ridiculously frequent freeway closures. And on the occasion when 59 is open, drivers have to risk life and limb just negotiating the lane merges around heavy machinery. But as our ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Judges - 14th Court of Appeals Chief Justice Paul Murphy and Justice John Anderson

    Justices Paul Murphy and John Anderson brought the wrath of GOP social conservatives down on their heads by ruling that the state's antediluvian homosexual conduct law discriminates against gays by banning sexual behavior that is legal for straights....

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best New Downtown Club - Mercury Room

    Dorothy Parker would drink here. The old Isis Theater has been restored to its swinging, speakeasy style. There's a 25-foot-long cherry-wood bar with a rolling library ladder to get to the good stuff. You can buy a $4 bottle of Bud Light and order ca...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Mountain Bike - The Ant Hills

    We know what you're thinking. Mountain biking? In Houston? Well, our famously flat town has its own version: bicycling the bayou. The best-kept mountain-biking secret in town is the Ant Hills, a system of ten-plus miles of trails and paths along Buff...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bureaucrat - City Parks Director Oliver Spellman

    City Parks Director Oliver Spellman is without question Mayor Lee Brown's most popular appointee as a city department head. Spellman, formerly the Cleveland, Ohio, parks chief, faced a daunting task when he arrived in Houston in the spring of 1998. T...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Chicken Salad Sandwich - Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy, (713)528-1993

    "You eat there?" most people ask. Yes, we eat there. Most people go to Brasil for coffee or Hawaiian Punch-like hibiscus tea, but we always order the same thing: the spicy chicken salad sandwich. Most chicken salad sandwiches are little more than shr...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Country Club - Harrisburg Country Club

    Trick answer: As you may have guessed by the street name, the Harrisburg Country Club is not a country club at all, but an exceptionally cheeky icehouse, and a fine example of the genre at that. "Just good folks" and "Just good food," promise the sig...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Local Terrorist - Lloyd Kelley

    Lloyd Kelley never worked for the U.S. Postal Service, but the former cop, city councilmember and controller has been living up to the standard set in the 1990s by the both-barrels-blazing mail clerks. Once a rising star in Republican political circl...

    on September 21, 2000
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