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    Best Place to Buy Middle Eastern Groceries - Phoenicia Specialty Foods

    Don't be put off by the sign outside that reads "wholesale" -- if you've got cash, they've got the merchandise. While they specialize in Middle Eastern ingredients, they also have many Western and Eastern European specialties. Here you'll find bulk b...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Atmosphere - The Mercantile

    Atmosphere is a deeply subjective thing. What may delight Zippy the Pinhead could depress Bug-Eyed Earl. Or vice versa on a different day. Additionally, Houston tends to celebrate the shiny and new and to destroy the mellow and old, where atmosphere ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Cheap Lunch - Cahill's on Durham

    Cahill's owner Martin "Cahill" Hammer honed his chops down the road at Kenneally's Irish Pub, where he was a bartender and chef. Now that he has had his own place for a few years, Hammer has taken a page out of Kenneally's steak night by having a Wed...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Eat When You Can't Decide What You Want - Super Steak & More

    When you're with a large number of people, or have the kids in tow, and nobody can decide exactly what they feel like eating, our suggestion is Super Steak & More. Sure, there are steaks on the menu, but where else in Houston can you get (all at the ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Restaurant Playground - Joe's Crab Shack

    Yes, your kids like those giant plastic Habitrails that loom over every fast-food burger joint. But wouldn't the little rowdies like a real playground even better? One that's outdoors? One with sand, shovels and buckets? One where they can keep their...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Barbecue Joint - Pizzitola's

    This is one of the oldest barbecue joints in the city. When legendary pit boss John Davis founded the place in the early 1930s, it was called Shepherd Drive Bar-B-Q. Davis's secret recipe for zingy sauce died with him, but the business, including the...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Buy a Live Chicken - Tai Hung Farm Poultry

    Fans of the movie Chicken Run may wonder if the birds at Tai Hung are hatching fantastic escape schemes along with eggs. They're everywhere, these hapless birds -- clucking inside coops, strutting on the grass, fleeing wild-eyed children. The frowsy ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Greek Restaurant - Mykonos Island Restaurant

    Opa! You can't go wrong ordering Greek food at Mykonos. The only thing the restaurant doesn't have is crashing plates. The traditional dishes of this long-standing mom-and-pop eatery are all top-notch. Start with the skordalia, a blend of garlic, pot...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Car-Commercial Jingle - Mossy Nissan

    Just another example of how overrated pop music songcraft is. Since a catchy five- or ten-second hook is usually described as genius, the little bit of pop profundity known as the Mossy Nissan commercial jingle also deserves as glowing a description....

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Korean Restaurant - Seoul Garden

    Someone has written a comment in ballpoint pen on Seoul Garden's menu: "Yum!" It's right beside the thinly sliced, marinated beef ($12.95). They might as well have gone down the entire menu, writing the same comment. Other favorites in the barbecue s...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Taqueria - Gorditas Aguascalientes

    There are so many fabulous little taco places in Houston, it is difficult to single one out. And so we picked a fabulous big taco place instead. Gorditas Aguascalientes makes antojitos of all kinds, not just tacos. The fresh masa huaraches and gordit...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Buy Art Supplies - Art Supply

    Two years ago, after 40 years at Richmond and Montrose, Ben Russell and Vikki Trammell moved Art Supply to a two-story commercial space in Midtown. Respected as nurturers of the local art scene as well as the preferred source for top-grade fine-arts ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Restaurant - Mark's American Cuisine

    If ever there was a "temple of cuisine," this cutting-edge American restaurant located in a former church must be it. There are stars painted above the former altar, and the bar runs where the communion rail used to be. Here, in this Montrose church-...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Hole-in-the-Wall Burger Joint - Someburger Hamburger Stands

    This is a no-frills experience all the way. These two little Heights-area huts have been around forever and, despite occasional turnover in staff, continue to serve up the best greasy burgers in town. You can either walk up or phone in your order. Mo...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Neighborhood Spot in Montrose - Baba Yega

    This cozy cafe, named after a Slavic witch, has been a favorite for locals ever since Montrose became the capital of the bohemian culture. Now, the homey converted bungalow -- with patio seating and a lush herb garden, complete with trilling birds --...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Diner - Avalon Diner II

    Given that the historic Avalon Drug Co. and Diner is more authentic -- even if it, too, is in a newer spot -- many Houstonians consider it blasphemous to name the also-ran as the best diner. After all, what says "diner" more than screaming fry cooks ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bar Bathroom - Prague

    Europeans may build great cathedrals, but Americans have a genius for bathrooms. At Prague, the WC marries old-world elegance with Yankee utilitarianism. When nature's irrepressible call rises above the club's techno beat, you can drift down to this ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Cafeteria - Cleburne Cafeteria

    Sure, the local institution that once sported a retro, school-cafeteria feel has given way to the neotraditional design trend of West University Place. But the food is still good, and the company is even better. Cafeteria standards like roast beef, c...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Buy Doughnuts - Shipway Donuts

    Note that this category is called Best Place by Buy Doughnuts, not Best Doughnuts. If we were picking the best doughnuts, we would have to give the nod to Krispy Kreme again. But our favorite place to buy doughnuts is Shipway Donuts, at Telephone Roa...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Person to Consult About Renting Movie Videos - George St. Clair, Cactus Music & Video

    So you want to watch a good movie on your VCR, but your mind is a blank as to what to pick? Just tell St. Clair what you're in the mood for, and he'll rattle off a half-dozen or so suggestions. If that's not enough, he'll come up with more. St. Clair...

    on September 21, 2000
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