Madrona Moves Up in Seattle Neighborhood Snackdown

Seattle is chalked full of amazing eateries, but which neighborhood has the BEST eats? Seattle Weeklyis determined to find out which neighborhoods are willing to back their local restaurants by competing in  the publication’s 2nd annual Snackdown contest, where neighborhoods are matched up Northeast vs. Southeast,  Ballard vs. Fremont, etc to determine once and for all who is the best eating district.

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Last week the Southeast bloc, which consists of Madrona, Mt Baker, the Central District, Beacon Hill, Georgetown, Columbia City and the Rainier Valley will now advance to play in the competitive tournament this week after beating the best of the Northeast. Voting begins today and the Southeast will certainly need it this week, as they go up against last year’s reigning champ neighborhood White Center. If you think Madrona and the rest of the Southeast “hoods” have what it takes, cast your vote to help claim the bragging rights for the Snackdown title.

 

Best Seattle Bars to Watch the Olympics

If you’ve been keeping up with any of the Olympics this year, you’ve probably noticed that there is quite a handful of local Washingtonians representing the United States, as well as other countries at the London games this year. Our state is represented by hot shot swimmer Nathan Adrian,  Basketball Star Sue Bird, and Adrienne Martelli in women’s rowing. If you’ve been busy outside enjoying the sunshine, or holed up at work during prime Olympic hours, we’ve got a handful of local neighborhood bars that are playing the games non-stop through August 12th, so you can catch team USA in action.

If you’re in Capitol Hill the newest sports bar in town 95 Slide open from 2-2, and the bar is planning on having food and drink specials during major Olympic events such as the basketball finals. If you’d like to feel like you’re in London, hit up one of the  sister English pubs, in Ballard the Market Arms or George and Dragon (operated by the same English owner). Spit Fire and Buckley’s in Belltown will have specials during popular Olympic events, and Spitfire will be hosting a closing ceremony party, similar to the big event they had on opening night. Come on out and experience the Olympic tradition, and success of team USA with your neighboring sports fans through August 12th!

Maple Leaf Coffee Shop Opens Sister Store In Queen Anne

If you’re a fan of Maple Leaf’s Cloud City Coffee, you’ll be pleased to know that the owners have swooped up a storefront in Queen Anne- the El Diablo Coffee Company!

The 12 year old Queen Anne coffee shop was purchased last week by Jill Killen, owner of the Maple Leaf shop she started 10 years ago. El Diablo will have the same baristas, and staff as it had before, and will host the same menu focusing on Cuban food and drinks. Killen plans to expand the menu, offering some of the favorites from her Cloud City store like morning glory muffins, and various breakfast and made-to-order lunch sandwiches. The drink menu will also undoubtedly expand to offer a full espresso bar and chai tea. If you’re looking for a new caffeine fix, find out all of Killen’s plans for El Diablo here.

Kickin Boot Whiskey Bar Comes to Ballard

There a new hole in the wall bar in Ballard, soon to open this month called the Kickin Boot Whiskey Kitchen. It’s going into the historic Henry Whyte Building, right on the corner of 22nd Ave NW and Shilshoe Ave NW, and serves up Southern comfort food like house smoked BBQ and fried chicken. According to their website, Kickin Boot is scheduled to open sometime in mid July. 

The bar will be on the second floor of the building, and will hold up to around 75 guests; 50 in the dining room, and 50 more on their open air patio. Along with the southern meal, guests cal choose from a hand selected list of whiskeys, cocktails, and local beer and wine! Stay connected through their Facebook page to find out the exact opening day.