March 2011

Best Neighborhoods: Airport Way South, Georgetown

Between South Lucile and South Hardy streets lies our city's biker chic 'hood.

PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE: Arty singles and employed beatniks Sometimes the aircraft bound for Sea-Tac Airport and Boeing Field fly so low over Georgetown it seems you could reach out and tickle their bellies. If this isn’t stimulating enough, there are plenty of ground-bound attractions in this SoHo-style neighborhood, from the gracious Corson Building on…

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Best Neighborhoods: Rainier Avenue South, Columbia City

From South Edmunds Street to South Dawson Street, a peek at a small town in the Seattle's South End.

PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE: Bike-riding, Berkeley-style globalistas If Mayberry had an urban soul, it might look like Columbia City. The high charm quotient comes from the old-style street clock and painted benches, plus cute flower shop KC’s Flowers, all-day breakfast hangout Geraldine’s Counter, butcher shop Bob’s Quality Meats, multiple-screen movie house Columbia City Cinema and…

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Best Neighborhoods: 24th Avenue Northwest, Ballard

From Northwest Market Street to Northwest 65th Street, a peek at the insider's Ballard.

PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE: Indie traditionalists It’s a familiar syndrome in many families: the spotlight-craving, showboat sibling versus the spotlight-dodging, quietly confident one. Just north of Ballard’s more look-at-me venues on historic Ballard Avenue NW and mainstream NW Market Street lie the subdued, tree-lined offerings of 24th Avenue NW. Here you’ll find colorful coffee shops…

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Best Neighborhoods: Greenwood Avenue North

From North 65th Street to North 75th Street, a look at laid-back, lived in PhinneyWood.

PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE: Modern Family-style broods and kid-free yuppies With yoga studios, day spas, hair salons, dental offices, even a DIY dog-washing joint, the overlapping, family-focused ’hoods of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood—or PhinneyWood—have the essentials and the extras covered. SHOP: There’s an old-school True Value Hardware store and a quirky new, all-vegan shoe store/chocolate…

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Fondue: 5 Spots for a Retro Date Night

Everything tastes better with cheese (or chocolate), so it’s no surprise that fondue remains a guilt

PAIRWhat happens when a mild, buttery Camembert and a strong, pungent Gorgonzola join forces? They create Cambozola, which makes a dip-tastic fondue. Pair’s version is accompanied by pear, apple and crostini pieces begging to be dunked. $9. Ravenna/U District, 5501 30th Ave. NE; 206.526.7655; THE MELTING POTYou can’t go wrong with the traditional Swiss…

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Restaurant News: Spinasse Expands, Tom Douglas’s SLU Footprint Grows

News on Spinasse's expansion into the neighboring space, and Tom Douglas' great South Lake Union tak

DOUBLING DOWNSpinasse, the cozy Capitol Hill pastaria (1531 14th Ave.) where Jason stratton, one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2010, heads the kitchen, will double in size later this spring. The northern-Italian-style restaurant will expand into the corner space next door, the former Whimsy Home Décor location, adding another dining room…

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