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This issue we debut a new regular Chronicle feature. Each week in the Food section, there will be about a half-page devoted to short capsule reviews of about 10 restaurants. Between our food features, this listings section, and our restaurant advertisers, we should provide a pretty wide range of options for those looking to eat out.

The new section will be organized by category, and we start this time with Thai restaurants. Over the coming weeks we will offer topics like Tex-Mex, Italian, pizza, vegetarian, barbecue, etc. Chronicle Food editor Virginia B. Wood will be compiling and editing (and in many cases writing) this section. The reason I don't refer to it by name is, as I write this Wednesday afternoon, we haven't decided what to call it yet. There is a list of about 50 suggestions. Every so often someone will offer, "What about 'PieceMeal?,'" which will be met by muttering and silence. "Feedbag," "Come and Get It," and "Eat Me" all have advocates. The Art department seems particularly fond of the latter heading, which is a good sign it's a bad idea. Anyway, by the time you read this we will have decided on something, and that is what it will be called. If you have a better idea, send it in.

The Best of Austin Poll Ballot runs for the last time in this issue. The deadline is Monday, June 28, 1999. Thanks to the Internet, voting seems to be at an all-time high, as does stuffing. The "Best Of" issue is a celebration of Austin, a look at hundreds of people, places, businesses, and things that make up this city. In the voter's poll, you are the ones who decide who is to be honored. Your vote counts. The more of the ballot you fill out, the more impact you'll have -- but you decide how much you'll fill out.

If something is missing, remember the write-in category. Marketing Director Tommi Ferguson related being on the Dudley & Bob With Debra morning show on KLBJ 93.7FM recently to talk about the poll. On the air, Tommi discovered the Best Morning D.J. category had been dropped from this year's poll ballot. Since Dudley and Bob have won this award most of this decade, they were noticeably perturbed by its omission. Since Austin morning radio is so sparkling, and there is so much available, this would seem like the ideal category for a writein.

The Best Of Austin winners are your choices; the content will be dictated by you. The issue won't appear until the fall; it takes a long time to count the ballots and then prepare the issue. But now is the time to vote.

I hear that Captain Quack-enbush's is about to close. I met my wife Annie there. Early in its history, she was there doing a story for Third Coast Magazine, and I stopped in on behalf of the Chronicle. It was half a decade later that we went on a date, but we met for the first time at that coffeehouse on the Drag.

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