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    Best Reading Series - Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

    To know why the Margarett Root Brown Reading Series has persevered for 20 years, you need only look at some of the top-notch writers who have participated. Raymond Carver, Margaret Atwood, Donald Barthelme, Robert Pinsky, Galway Kinnel, Tobias Wolff ...

    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 Neighborhood Spot in the Village Area - The Raven Grill

    Don't be too quick to quoth "Nevermore," upon a first visit to The Raven Grill. This tribute to Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem and the nearby elementary school bearing his name has taken flight as a neighborhood haunt. The flock of fans may be due to ...

    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 New Restaurant - Amazon Grill

    Nuevo Latino gets funky at this new outlet for Michael Corda's cooking, located in the back of a shopping mall in the Galleria area. At his nearby fine-dining restaurant, Amricas, Corda uses traditional South American and Central American dishes a...

    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 Used Car Lot - Lawrence Marshall Antique Cars

    Lawrence Marshall must really love cars. Starting as a mechanic in 1949, Marshall worked his way up the auto food chain to the purchase of a small Chevy dealership in 1969, parlaying that one outlet into the semirural, multibrand megaplex that stradd...

    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 Un-Diner - Fox Diner, 905 Taft, (713)523-5369

    If you're looking for a chicken-fried steak covered in cream gravy with a strawberry shake on the side to wash it down, this is not the place for you. And you won't find the sparkly blue vinyl booths or garish neon signs that good old Americans have ...

    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 Chef's Table - Rainbow Lodge, 1 Birdsall, (713)861-8666

    Some restaurants feature a table, generally in the kitchen, where you can experience the hustle and bustle of the back room firsthand. Others feature small intimate rooms or cozy nooks for a private get-together, away from the common folk. All of thi...

    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 Restaurant to Impress a Date - La Colombe d'Or

    Start out at the intimate bar, then move on to the elegant and sumptuous dining room, where you'll experience not only first-class classical French cuisine but service to match. If the evening is going well, and you're feeling lucky, upstairs rooms w...

    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 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 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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    Best Place to Buy an Action Figure - Jams Collectibles

    Stop rummaging through the local comic-book stores in town looking for that rare orange-carded TIE Fighter Pilot with the "Warning!" sticker on the box. When a store catering to obsessive SF fans (which means sci-fi, for the uninitiated [which stands...

    on September 21, 2000
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