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2$ The Michigan .aily Best o np Arbor 1998 - Thursday,Aril 16, .1998.

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The Michigan Daily Best of Ann Arbor 199

Best of TV/New Media
'Dawson's Creek,' 'South Park' top
Daily's Best of Television rankings

Most Inexplicably
Successful TV Show:
"Lateline"
While not quite a hit, "Lateline"
with Al Franken should rightfully
have died.
Quite honestly, Franken's satiric
and intelligent political humor are
wasted in his role as the buffoonish
news correspondent Al Freundlich,
and what's worse is that he really
can't pull off the role.
Yet, somehow, people are still
watching. In all fairness, the "Buddy
Hackett" episode was funny, but the
focus of the show had been taken off
Freundlich.
Most Rightfully
Successful TV Show:
"Dawson's Creek"
They're supposed to be 15-year-
olds living outside of Boston who are
facing the real problems that all ado-
lescents face at that age.
But in actuality, the youngest of
them is 17, the show is shot in North
Carolina and we all wish our lives
were this damn interesting in col-
lege, let alone in high school.
The reason for the success of
"Dawson's Creek": its melodrama
doesn't look cheap. Beautiful people
talk articulately in a picture-perfect

setting. It also doesn't hurt
topic of conversation on the
almost invariably sex.

that the
show is

Courtesy of Warner Bros.
The teenage stars of "Dawson's Creek" have made It a popular show.

Computer Character who
Represents Every
Heterosexual Male
Adolescent's Dream Girl:
Lara Croft
If there was any question what the
demographics were for people who
play video games, the bodacious,
unnaturally perky Lara Croft from
"Tomb Raider I" and "II" has settled it.
Croft is designed to appeal to the
teenage boys who make up the
largest group of video-game con-
sumers, and the success of the
"Tomb Raider" series" illustrates
the effectiveness of this marketing
idea.
In reality, Croft would be too off-
balance to perform the acrobatics
she does, and she's probably making
Pamela Anderson Lee jealous. Not
that any heterosexual male is com-
plaining.
Most Gratuitous
"Suspenseful" Plot Twist:
"The X-Files"
Special Agent Fox Mulder appar-
ently committed suicide in the final

episode of "The X-Files"'fourth sea-
son ... but guess who made a sur-
prise return in the fall. Did anyone
actually believe that the popular
series would kill off one of its stars
when both of them are slated to take
part in the "X-Files" movie this sum-
mer?
Even more puzzling, the top-rated
show certainly didn't need to use this
ploy as a ratings boost. Perhaps the
truth about this plot device is out
there, too.
Best Reason to Get
Cable:
"From the Earth to the
Moon"
HBO's "From the Earth to the
Moon" will almost certainly be
available on videocassette to own,
and with good reason.
This miniseries, or series, depend-
ing on who you're talking to, gives
one an idea about the magnitude of
America's endeavor to outrace the
Russians to the moon.
Even if it doesn't meet the Emmy's
standards for a miniseries, since
"From the Earth to the Moon" has a
different director for each episode,
Tom Hanks' creation probably could
contend with "The X-Files," "ER"
and "NYPD Blue" for best television
series.

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" sandwiches
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Best of Restaurants -
Continued
Best Chipati:
Pizza House
What the hell is a chipati anyway?
We've all been wondering, but the
baked pita stuffed with mushrooms,
peppers, lettuce, tomatoes and moz-
zarella (optionally, you can add tuna,
chicken or feta cheese) proves popular
from Pizza House, where everything
but the pizza is considered a specialty.
Best Subs:
Subway
The new option of finding "7 subs
under 6 grams of fat" with cheap
prices for combo meals makes Subway
even more delectable than ever before,
but its convenient location in the
Union is probably the main reason why
readers chose it as offering the best
subs in Ann Arbor.
Best Salads:
Pizza House
Like we said, everything but pizza is
considered good at this place. In any
case, the late hours of delivery will
appeal to those all-nighter pros who
need to stock up on tasty energy food.
And what could be better as that than a
great salad and a chipati?
Best Cookies:
Mrs. Peabody's
If you need a sugar rush to get
through that 8 a.m. biology lecture,
stop by this little pastry shop on North
University Avenue for a real cavity-
causing snack that is sure to keep you
going - at least for a little while. And
if you think a friend at another school
needs a sugar rush, ship these cookies
anywhere in the country and be a real
life-saver for once.
Best Bagels:
Einstein Bros. Bagels
And you thought Philadelphia was
the only place to get cream cheese.
Think again. Disguised as a "shmear,"
this bagel franchise offers every flavor
of cream cheese (as well as bagel) you
could want. The long lines at
lunchtime at the State Street shop may
be discouraging, but readers think the
bagels are well worth the wait.
Best Italian Food:
Palm
Remember when Billy Joel said we
could meet him anytime we want at an
Italian restaurant? This is the place to do
it, if you're serious about getting some
tasty Italian fare in a homelike and inti-
mate setting. But be prepared for Palio,
347 S. Main St. Billy Joel might be
entertaining, but the not-so-humble
prices might make you less enthusiastic
about eating anything but salad.
Best Indian Food:
Shalimar
Shalimar's traditional Indian cuisine
on Main Street will either keep you
begging for more or looking for the
nearest fire hydrant to wash down all
that spicy curry sauce.

Best Middle Eastern
Food:
Jerusalem Garden
If the words hummus, babaganoug
and falafel all sound like new ele-
ments added to the periodic table,
stop by this diner on Fifth Avenue and
find out what all the fuss is about. It's
the best place for a vegetarian and a
carnivore to eat in harmony, and it
also offers great prices for the penny-
pinchers out there.
Best Chinese Food:
China Gate
Bad day? A fortune cookie and
General Tso's Chicken might make
your day go from bad to better. Just
off South University Avenue, China
Gate the perfect place for lunch.
Best Korean Food:
Steve's Lunch
The low prices and fast service at
this diner on South University Avenue
will make you want to try Korean
food if you haven't before. According
to readers, Steve's Lunch is some-
thing to experience.
Best Mexican Food:
Panchero's
Between hard nights of partying,
cheap and quick Mexican food at
Panchero's, on South University,
makes an appealing break. But don't
go straight to a party afterward.

Best Vegetarian Food:
Seva
Duh, squared. Indulge your vegan
self in an array of vegetables so large
that you'll see why this place won
multiple categories. Seva knows veg-
etables, and we don't doubt it one bit.
Best Deli:
Zingerman 's
Even if you've never been to
Zingerman's, you probably recognize
the name. Stucchi's and Caribou
Coffee sell its bread and desserts.
But it is well worth the trip to
Kerrytown to taste its popularity
firsthand.
Best Restaurant Service:
Gratzi
Ever heard of the Soup Nazi? No
need to worry about confronting him
at Gratzi, located on South Main
Street. Readers thought the service at
this Italian restaurant made up for
high prices.
Best Greasy Spoon:
Fleetwood Diner
The folks at the Fleetwood, on
Ashley, offer a classic American
diner experience, complete with cof-
fee, french fries and burgers. With
24-hour service, you're likely to
absorb a few calories no matter what
time you show up.
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