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GAYEST & GREATEST SPOTLIGHT
Best New Restaurant with a Fun Name: Beaver’s

You may recognize chef Monica Pope from t’afia, from Boulevard Bistrot, or if you have been around awhile—and you know who you are—from The Quilted Toque. Or you may know her from the Saturday Midtown Farmers Market or the Tuesday Houston Farmers Market. For their next culinary venture, Monica and partner and general manager Andrea Lazar are thisclose to opening a modern-day icehouse at 2310 Decatur and Washington Avenue—across the street from the now-closed Pig Stand. This one will be called Beaver’s (I know you’re giggling), promising “dam good” drinks, food, and fun. If you’re so eager (get it?) that you can’t wait for the mid-October grand opening, swing by one of the farmers markets and pick up some barbecue to go. —S.H.
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GAYEST & GREATEST DINING

Best New Restaurant
1308 Cantina
1308 Montrose Blvd. • 713/807-8100
www.1308cantina.com
Runners-up
Catalan Food and Wine
Glass Wall
Tomo Japanese Restaurant

Best Restaurant for People Watching
Baba Yega
2607 Grant • 713/522-0042
www.babayega.com
Runners-up
Barnaby’s Café
Café Adobe

Best 24-Hour Restaurant
House of Pies
Locations include 3112 Kirby • 713/528-3816 • www.houseofpies.com
Runners-up
59 Diner
IHOP
Katz’s

Best Restaurant for Elegant Dining
Mark’s American Cuisine (tie)
1658 Westheimer • 713/523-3800
www.marks1658.com
Tony’s (tie)
3755 Richmond • 713/622-6778
www.tonyshouston.com
Runners-up
Hugo’s
Laurier Café

Best Restaurant for Cheap Eats
Barnaby’s Café
Locations include 606 Fairview • 713/522-0106
www.barnabyscafe.com
Runners-up
Baba Yega
La Mexicana

Best Restaurant for Outdoor Dining
Baba Yega
2607 Grant. • 713/522-0042
www.babayega.com
Runners-up
Backstreet Café
Café Adobe

Best Breakfast
Baby Barnaby’s
606 Fairview • 713/522-0106
www.barnabyscafe.com
Runner-up
House of Pies

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Best Brunch
Baba Yega
2607 Grant • 713/522-0042
www.babayega.com
Runners-up
Farrago
La Strada

Best Lunch Spot
Barnaby’s Café
Locations include 606 Fairview • 713/522-0106
www.barnabyscafe.com
Runner-up
Baba Yega

Best Dessert
Dessert Gallery
Locations include 3200 Kirby • 713/522.9999
www.dessertgallery.com
Runner-up
The Chocolate Bar

Best Barbecue
Goode Co. Barbeque
Locations include 5109 Kirby • 713/522-2530
www.goodecompany.com
Runners-up
Hickory Hollow
Pappas Bar-B-Q
Thelma’s Bar B Que

Best British
Black Labrador Pub
4100 Montrose Blvd. • 713/529-1199
www.blacklabradorpub.com
Runner-up
Red Lion

Best Cajun
Ragin’ Cajun
Locations include 4302 Richmond • 713/623-6321
www.ragin-cajun.com

Best Chinese
Kam’s Fine Chinese Cuisine (tie)
4500 Montrose Blvd. • 713/529-5057
Ming’s Café (tie)
2703 Montrose Blvd. • 713/529-7888
www.mingscafe.com
Runner-up
Hollywood Vietnamese & Chinese

Best Cuban
Latina Café
1972 Fairview • 713/521-2611
Runner-up
El Meson

Best Greek
Niko Niko’s Greek & American Café
2520 Montrose Blvd. • 713/528-1308
www.nikonikos.com

Best Hamburger
Barnaby’s Café (tie)
Locations include 606 Fairview • 713/522-0106
www.barnabyscafe.com
Lankford Grocery & Market (tie)
88 Dennis • 713/522-9555

Best Indian
Indika
516 Westheimer • 713/524-2170
www.indikausa.com
Runner-up
Khyber Grill

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Best Italian
Riva’s Italian Restaurant
1117 Missouri • 713/529-3450
Runners-up
Nino’s Italian
Vincent’s Restaurant

Best Japanese
Osaka Japanese Restaurant
515 Westheimer • 713/533-9098
Runners-up
Nippon Japanese Restaurant
Miyako Sushi Bar

Best Mexican
Café Adobe (tie)
Locations include 2111 Westheimer • 713/528-1468 • www.cafeadobe.com
Tila’s Restaurante & Bar (tie)
1111 S. Shepherd • 713/522-7654
www.tilas.com
Runners-up
El Tiempo Cantina
La Mexicana Restauarant

Best Mediterranean
Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine
912 Westheimer • 713/942-2321
Runner-up
La Fendee Mediterranean Grill

Best Pizza
Star Pizza
Locations include 2111 Norfolk • 713/523-0800 • www.starpizza.net
Runners-up
Candelari’s Pizza
Collina’s Italian Cafe

Best Sushi
Osaka Japanese Restaurant (tie)
515 Westheimer • 713/533-9098
Miyako Sushi Bar (tie)
3910 Kirby • 713/520-9082
www.miyakosushibar.com
Runners-up
Ra Sushi Bar Restaurant
Zake Japanese Cuisine

Best Thai
The Golden Room (tie)
1209 Montrose Blvd. • 713/524-9614
www.thegoldenroom.com
Nit Noi Thai Restaurant (tie)
Locations include 2426 Bolsover • 713/524-8114 • www.nitnoithai.com
Runners-up
Thai Pepper
Thai Spice

Best Vegetarian
Ziggy’s Healthy Grill
Locations include 2202 W. Alabama • 713/527-8588
www.ziggyshealthygrill.com
Runners-up
Baba Yega
Hobbit Café

Best Vietnamese
Mai’s (tie)
3403 Milam • 713/520-7684
www.maisrestauranttx.com
Mo Mong (tie)
1201 Westheimer, Suite B •
713/524-5664
Runners-up
Hollywood Vietnamese & Chinese
Kim Son

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AFTER DARK

Best Coffee House
Starbucks
Locations include 3407 Montrose Blvd. • 713/521-7278 • www.starbucks.com
Runners-up
Brasil
Inversion Coffee

Favorite Wine Bar
Salud! Winery
3939 Montrose Blvd. • 713/522-8282
www.saludwinery.com
Runner-up
The Corkscrew

Best Happy Hour
JR’s Bar & Grill
808 Pacific • 713/521-2519
www.jrsbarandgrill.com
Runner-up
Guava Lamp

Best Margarita
Café Adobe
Locations include 2111 Westheimer • 713/528-1468 • www.cafeadobe.com
Runner-up
El Tiempo Cantina

Best Martini

Guava Lamp
570 Waugh • 713/524-3359
www.guavalamp.net
Runner-up
Mo Mong

Favorite Brand of Beer
Bud Light
www.budlight.com
Runners-up
Miller Lite
Shiner

Favorite Brand of Liquor
Grey Goose Vodka
www.greygoosevodka.com
Runners-up
Absolut
Bacardi
Jack Daniel’s
Tanqueray  

Favorite Brand of Energy Drink
Monster Energy (tie)
www.monsterenergy.com
Red Bull Energy Drink (tie)
www.redbull.com

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Favorite Gay Bar
JR’s Bar & Grill
808 Pacific • 713/521-2519
www.jrsbarandgrill.com
Runners-up
Chances
Guava Lamp
South Beach

Best Piano Bar
Michael’s Outpost
1419 Richmond • 713/520-8446

Best Women’s Bar
Chances
1102 1/2 Westheimer • 713/523-7217
www.chancesbar.com
Runner-up
Blur

Best Club for Dancing
South Beach
808 Pacific • 713/529-7623
www.southbeachthenightclub.com
Runners-up
Blur
Rich’s

Best Drag Show Bar
JR’s Bar & Grill
808 Pacific • 713/521-2519
www.jrsbarandgrill.com
Runners-up
Cousins
EJ’s

Best Bar for Two-Stepping
Brazos River Bottom Club
2400 Brazos • 713/528-9192
www.brbhouston.com
Runner-up
The New Barn Saloon

Best Place to Shoot Pool
Slick Willie’s Family Pool Hall  
1200 Westheimer • 713/522-2525
Runners-up
Guava Lamp
In & Out
JR’s Bar & Grill

Best Place to Watch Male Dancers
Montrose Mining Company
808 Pacific • 713/529-7488
Runners-up
JR’s Bar & Grill
South Beach
Tony’s Corner Pocket

Best Place to Show Off Your Leather
The Ripcord
715 Fairview • 713/521-2792
www.theripcord.com
Runners-up
Mary’s, Naturally
Montrose Mining Company

Best Club If You’re Under 21
South Beach
808 Pacific • 713/529-7623
www.southbeachthenightclub.com

Best Club After 2 a.m.
South Beach
808 Pacific • 713/529-7623
www.southbeachthenightclub.com
Runner-up
The Ripcord

Best Bartender (Male)

John Truckenmiller
JR’s Bar & Grill • 808 Pacific • 713/521-2519 • www.jrsbarandgrill.com
Runners-up
Alec D’Storm, JR’s Bar & Grill
Mat Landry, Guava Lamp
Roland Villarreal, Guava Lamp

Best Bartender (Female)
Amanda Plocheck (tie)
Guava Lamp • 570 Waugh •
713/524-3359 • www.guavalamp.net
Crystal Murley (tie)
JR’s Bar & Grill • 808 Pacific • 713/521-2519 • www.jrsbarandgrill.com
Runners-up
Suzy Riley, Mary’s, Naturally
Tami Shaffer, Chances
Vicci Lindsey, Chances

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Best DJ (Male)
Jimmy Skinner
South Beach
808 Pacific • 713/529-7623 •
www.southbeachthenightclub.com
Runners-up
Doug Barnes, JR’s Bar & Grill
Chad Guidry, Guava Lamp

Best DJ (Female)
Rocky B
Club Crystal
6680 Southwest Fwy. • 713/278-2582
www.crystaltheclub.com

Most Divine Drag Queen
Anita Bump (tie)
www.anitabump.com
Kofi (tie)
www.misskofi.com
Runners-up
Kara Dion
Shy Anne

Best Local Non-Drag Entertainer (Male)

Todd Gresley (Toddicus)
www.toddicus.com
Runners-up
Jerry Atwood
Houston Flyboys

Best Local Non-Drag Entertainer (Female)

Marsha Carlton (tie)
www.marshacarlton.com
Fluff the Kat (tie)
www.fluffthekat.com
Runner-up
Kimberly Jason

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