Best of 2012

Seattle mag's picks for the best restaurants, shopping, sports and arts in 2012.

By Seattle Magazine January 17, 2013


This article originally appeared in the December 2012 issue of Seattle magazine.

From no-hitters to new highways, pocket libraries to boutiques on wheels, 2012 brought a slate of changes to Seattle. The city is bristling with construction cranes and bustling with new shops, breweries, barbecue joints and pontoon-dragging barges. It’s thrilling to watch the recession recede, inch by inch, in the rearview mirror, as ever-innovative Seattleites launch exciting new ventures for the rest of us to taste, touch and tweet about. Our editors offer you the very best of 2012 in Seattle—and, as always, we can’t resist pointing out a few of the year’s fiascos, too.


Inside the Best of 2012 issue:

Dining + Drinking
Our picks for the best barbecue, best Mexican food, best Italian, best burger, best pizza and more…

Arts + Entertainment
Best new galleries, best actress, best actor, Chris Estey’s creative take on the best new Seattle bands and more…

Shopping + Beauty
Best new shop, best shoe store, best bridal store, best salon and more…

Plus, the editors track last year’s most fascinating developments in green living and media; round up the coolest new kids stuff, reflect on our proudest moments in Seattle sports and recount the not-so-proud Worst Moments of 2012.

The story also includes: a roundup of the best apps developed locally last year, written by the experts at GeekWire.

Written by Kate Calamusa, Kristen Russell, Brangien Davis, Bond Huberman, Allison Austin Scheff, Rachel Hart, A.J. Rathbun, Kendall Jones, Cody Bay, John Cook, Todd Bishop, Chris Estey, Ali Brownrigg and Lauren Hubbard


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