Readers Vote on Houston’s Ultimate

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The Houston Chronicle has had it’s “Ultimate Houston” guide for the past couple of years where they nominate everything from the ultimate restaurant to the ultimate tattoo artist. This year, they’ve opened it up to readers. I already made my selections.

I didn’t answer every one because some I just didn’t know. Here are the one’s I did answer.


Ice Cream Shop: Amy’s

Pizza Place: Mario’s Flying Pizza (Webster)

Vegetarian Restaurant: Tien Ren

24-Hour Restaurant: Bibas One’s a Meal

Breakfast Menu: The Daily Grind

Restaurant Patio: Baba Yega’s

Sunday Brunch: Java Java Cafe

Bars & Clubs

Jazz Club: Cezanne

Place to Hear Live Music: Rudyard’s

Fun & Games

Annual Festival: Heights Fest

People Park: Memorial

Movie Theater: River Oaks 3

Place to Bike: Buffalo Bayou bike path

Place to Hike: Houston Arboreatum

Place to Play Pickup Basketball: Fonde Rec Center

Place to Take A Tourist: Main Street

Public Golf Course: Hermann


Bike Shop: Cyclone Cycles

Chain Bookstore: Bookstop (Shepherd/Alabama)

Computer Store: Micro Center

Used-Books Store: Half Price Books (Montrose)

Gourmet Grocery Store: Nundini’s

Health Food Store: Whole Foods (Alabama)

Liquor Store: Spec’s Downtown

Mall: Galleria (Katy Mills – runner up)

Music Store: Cactus Records & Tapes

Open-Air Market: Farmer’s Market (Main)

Pet Supply Store: Wabash Feed Store

Place to Buy Designer Shoes at Discount Prices: DSW

Place to Shop for Furniture: Ikea

Place to Shop for the Garden: Buchanan’s Native Plants

Resale Shop: Buffalo Exchange


Florist: Albert Miller Florist

Hair Stylist: Eddie – Charlie’s Hair Productions

Place for a Tuneup: Kelly Tire (19th)

Veterinarian: Montrose Vet Clinic

Local People

Original Band: no comment (he he he)

Solo Artist (we mean musician): Arthur Yoria

Houston Rocket: Tracy McGrady

Houston Astro: Roy Oswalt

Houston Comet: Tina Thompson

Houston Texan: Andre Johnson

Mascot: Clutch the Bear (Rockets)

Stand-Up Comic: Billy D. Washington

Local Media


Radio Personality or Team: Charlie Palillo

Radio Station: KPFT 90.1

Sports Journalist: Jonathan Feigen (Chronicle)

Weather Forecaster: Dr. Neil Frank (KHOU)


Building: Rothko Chapel

Lobby: Chase Building


Thing We Wish Our City Was Known For: the People

Thing We Wish Our City Wasn’t Known For: the Sprawl

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