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    Best Roadway Improvement - U.S. 59 from I-10 to just south of Humble

    Not that long ago, the Eastex Freeway was the obvious orphan of area transportation arteries, a forlorn, four-lane route to sheer frustration. Compared to its sister link, the Southwest Freeway on the other side of town, this section of U.S. 59 suffe...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to See a College Football Game - Robertson Stadium, University of Houston

    Wait a minute, that's not just "Robertson Stadium," that's "John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium." A lengthy name like that is what happens when a big-bucks alumnus donates $6 million to improve a facility that's named after a former UH regent. Th...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Ditch - East of the power lines between Gramercy and North Braeswood Boulevard

    The trickle of water emerges from a giant culvert and heads south in a straight line, carved years ago by machinery, bounded by a grass-covered levy to the east and power lines to the west. The water has a brownish hue, and at times a faint whiff of ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Aquarium - Sawadee Thai Restaurant

    Fish are usually the featured performers in any aquarium, but at Sawadee, they take a backseat. Sure, there are a few exotic species swimming in the jumbo 500-gallon tank that greets customers near the door. But the real attractions are the stunning ...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Appetizer - Nachos cubanos, El Meson Restaurant

    Some of life's most dynamic beauty exists in its contrasts: the famous yin/yang, the complementary push/pull, the popular in/out. And these mouthwatering morsels of Caribbean glory are no different. The crunchy blue corn chip plays off the slathering...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best New Downtown Bar - Slainte

    Slainte (pronounced "SLAWN-cha") is a Gaelic drinking toast, which translates roughly to "Cheers!" Stools are situated around a big black barrel of Jameson whiskey, a James Joyce quote is on the wall, and Lord of the Dance music fills the air. You ca...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Participatory Sporting Event - Houston Marathon, www.compaqhoustonmarathon.com

    Are you the CEO of an international corporation? Are you always looking for ways to spend that extra pocket change? Do you dream of supporting a vital component of our city's attempt at health consciousness? If so, the Houston Marathon could have use...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Driving Accessory - Key Maps

    When it comes to getting around in a car, Houston is a sprawling, featureless, illogically laid out mess. Which means you should never attempt to get anywhere without a Key Map in the car. For 42 years the Rau family has been producing annually updat...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Lobbyist - New Houston Port Commission Chair Jim Edmonds

    If he wasn't the best-known municipal lobbyist before he was elevated to the prestigious chairmanship in June, he will be now. For years affable, low-key Jim Edmonds has run with the big boys, ranging from developer Walter Mischer to financial guru T...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Mall-Walking - Memorial City Mall

    Mall management usually is ambivalent about walkers. Not Memorial City Mall. They encourage indoor exercise. Mall walkers can gain access beginning at 5:30 a.m. each day. Throughout the mall, plaques mark a walking course at one-eighth-mile intervals...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Gadfly - Dan Hart

    Dan Hart is the indefatigable property tax activist who bugs Harris County Tax Appraisal District officials with the persistence of a salt marsh mosquito. Hart, a retired Kinkaid School coach, has embraced the role of tax watchdog as a second career,...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Source for Texas Political Info - Quorum Report

    For a $175 annual subscription, this Austin-based political newsletter published by Bellaire High grad Harvey Kronberg churns up plenty of information. Features of the Quorum Report Web site (quorumreport.com) include bulletins in the form of the Dai...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Frisbee Players - The intramural, lacrosse and rugby fields at Rice University

    That's where you'll see hot players getting a ho-d (diving horizontal to deflect a disc), throwing a hammer (humming a Frisbee like a baseball) or hucking the disc (tossing a Frisbee 50 yards or more). The Rice fields are home to Enfuego (for men) an...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Bread - Whole Foods Market

    Rosemary-and-olive-oil focaccia was the bread special the last time we stopped by Whole Foods on Kirby. The flat, crunchy Italian bread dripping with olive oil didn't make it out of the parking lot in one piece. Day in and day out, Whole Foods stocks...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Apartment Complex Tennis Center - Westchase Ranch Resort Apartments

    Let's face it: When you think of apartment complex tennis courts, the image of a lumpy concrete slab with a woefully uneven, dilapidated span of chain-link fence serving as the net probably comes to mind. Most complexes tend to throw in a tennis cour...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Tamales - Berryhill Hot Tamales

    One of the last of Houston's old-time tamale men was an American Indian named Walter Berryhill. Dressed in a white jacket and top hat, Berryhill sold tamales from his pushcart in River Oaks. He rigged the cart with a propane burner in order to comply...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Place to Canoe - Armand Bayou Nature Center

    The experts -- assuming people who join canoe clubs can be called experts -- agree: For shoulder-powered, water-top locomotion, Armand Bayou is where it's at. Declared a coastal preserve by Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Armand Bayou watershed near Cl...

    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 Drive-thru Food - Chicken tortas, Taqueria Fiesta Guadalajara,

    First, you need to take into account the logistics of eating while driving. For the record, a car with a standard transmission is not the most desirable drive-thru vehicle, unless you have someone in the passenger seat to help out. Shifting gears com...

    on September 21, 2000
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    Best Gymnast - Sean Townsend

    While most 21-year-old males are too busy kickin' it with the guys or trying to get lucky on Friday night, Sean Townsend logged more than 25 hours in the gym per week training for what he hoped would be a spot on the 2000 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team...

    on September 21, 2000
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