EVER SINCE OUR FIRST BEST OF SEATTLEā„¢ in 1986 (remember the cute slugs on the cover?), Seattle Weekly readers and staff have worked together to

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You and We Make Our Picks

EVER SINCE OUR FIRST BEST OF SEATTLEā„¢ in 1986 (remember the cute slugs on the cover?), Seattle Weekly readers and staff have worked together to annually identify those parts of our much-vaunted lifestyle that "best" reflect our collective tastes. Some choices are familiarlike a kind of civic comfort food; but others are totally unexpected. In addition to Readers' Picks, derived from the Best of Seattle ballots you sent in, we've included our staff's Critics' Picks, focusing on "bests" that are a little too specific or obscure to be put up for a vote. We've also polled well-known locals for their Celebrity Picks, ranging from Ichiro's favorite sushi bar to who J.P. Patches thinks is the funniest Seattleite outside the City Dump. In addition, we've dug up some under-the-radar stories, Discoveries that remind us that the "best" isn't always the obvious. Seattle has so many subcultures and layers that it would take more than our collective lifetimes to penetrate them all (and certainly more than 18 years of Best of Seattle). Which is why this issue is a perennial favorite: It's a once-a-year starting point for launching your own personal exploration of the city. Enjoy. Knute Berger

CONTRIBUTORS: Rick Anderson, Knute Berger, Andrew Bonazelli, Gavin Borchert, Laura Cassidy, Frank Catalano, Janna Chan, Philip Dawdy, Roger Downey, Andrew Engelson, Mark D. Fefer, Mike Henderson, George Howland Jr., Brandon Ivey, Sandra Kurtz, Michaelangelo Matos, Katie Millbauer, Brian Miller, Neal Schindler, Nina Shapiro, David Stoesz, Chuck Taylor, Steve Wiecking

People and Politics

READERS' PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS

CELEBRITY PICKS

Tim Ceis

Rick Steves

J.P. Patches

Cab Elvis

DISCOVERIES

Neighborhood newspaper

Local hero

Arts & Entertainment

READERS' PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS

CELEBRITY PICKS

Donald Byrd

Karen Moskowitz

James Keblas and Shannon Stewart

Tina Bueche

Nick Garrison

DISCOVERIES

Hip hip-hop patrons

Amazing set designers

Required Web site for gamers

Food & Drink

READERS' PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS

CELEBRITY PICKS

Danielle Custer

Brad Johnson

M's: Olerud, Willie, and Ichiro

DISCOVERIES

Tango town

Napa Northwest

Turf: Urban Living

READERS' PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS

CELEBRITY PICKS

Linda Derschang

Mark and Michael Klebeck

Peter Shmock

DISCOVERIES

Sweet boutique

Rockin' and rollin' party place

Great new gadget

READERS' DISCOVERIES

READERS' OFFBEAT

2003 BEST OF SEATTLE PRIZE WINNERS

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