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    Best Place to Play Table Tennis - Houston Table Tennis Center

    For most of us, table tennis (it was called Ping-Pong in our day) was a game best played in the rec room with Uncle Charlie and a few of your Little League team buddies. One visit to the Houston Table Tennis Center on West Bellfort, and you'll realiz...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Name for a Dry Cleaners - $1.39? Dry Clean

    For a year, Vijay Grrala called his dry cleaners, located in a strip mall at Westheimer and Kirkwood, The Kirkwood Dry Clean. Situated down the mall sidewalk from an H-E-B and Half Price Books, it seemed a boring little name for a boring little dry c...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Non-Cold Boiled Shrimp - Blue Agave

    These days the Blue Agave, with its tight T-shirted waitresses, feels a bit like a high-class Hooters. But that doesn't diminish our fondness for the restaurant's cornflake-fried shrimp "pina" that's much better than its name. Adding to the improbabi...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Neighborhood Sculpture Garden - Blossom Street Gallery & Sculpture Garden

    Three years ago, the square block of land surrounded by Shepherd, Durham, Blossom and Floyd was a debris-filled mess that did little more than depress the few drivers who bothered to notice it. Richard Roederer, owner of the Blossom Street Gallery, c...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Time and Place to See Low-Riders - Richmond Strip, late Saturday night

    Yes, there are other cruising routes -- out on Airline or Irvington, say -- but this western stretch of Richmond club land is the oldest and biggest and most reliable. If the weather's good and the cops aren't swarming, car-watchers will be rewarded ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Pool Hall - Waugh Drive Pool Hall

    The billiard cloth has long since faded to a lighter shade of green; the cues are sometimes as curved as an archer's bow, and a few tables are as level as a raked stage. The Waugh Drive Pool Hall is not about the tools of the trade. This Montrose ins...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bus Stop - Outside Sears

    A bus stop is pretty much a bus stop here in Houston. But there is one location that offers a little variety, not to mention style. Outside the Sears in the Garden Oaks neighborhood, north of the Heights, is a 1950s gem, with a space-age roof featuri...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Enchilada - Irma's Southwest Grill

    Irma Galvan, the venerable Tex-Mex diva of the Warehouse District, has dished up a mean enchilada for years. Now, her son, Louis Galvan, is betting on the ballpark to score points for his own downtown enterprise, Irma's Southwest Grill. Sure, the gri...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Administrative Judge - Chief Justice Michael Schneider, First Court of Appeals

    Even in the justice system, silence can be golden. While the 14th Court of Appeals has been in seemingly continual controversy in recent years -- justices even sued their chief justice at one point in a long-running dispute over administrative author...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Y2K Story - Butch Forest

    Last time we checked in with La Porte jack-of-all-junk Butch Forest (see "J-U-N-K in the Y2K," December 30, 1999), the conversation revolved around a complicated four-way horse trade involving a gutted 18-foot Airstream trailer in Manvel, a 14-foot f...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Contribution to Downtown Redevelopment - Randall Davis Company

    Enron Field? Hardly. The Astros' stadium may be a strong anchor to east downtown's revitalization, but the real stars of central city redevelopment were already playing hardball long before Drayton's dream ever hit the drawing board. The real pioneer...

    on September 21, 2000
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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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