People & Places

Best Public Servant : Ron Sims

www.metrokc.gov/exec

Behold the mighty power of centrism!

Best Bus Route : 5

transit.metrokc.gov

Keeping the affordable town houses of

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People & Places

Best Public Servant: Ron Sims

www.metrokc.gov/exec

Behold the mighty power of centrism!

Best Bus Route: 5

transit.metrokc.gov

Keeping the affordable town houses of Shoreline

in easy reach of downtown.

Best Hotel: W Hotel

1112 Fourth Ave., 264-6000

Proving there's a Seattle market for corporate cool.

Even locals flock to the bar.

Best Place for a First Date: Alki Beach

www.ci.seattle.wa.us/parks/parkspaces/alki.htm

Sun, sand, surf—success!

Best Place for a Last Date: Dick's Drive-In

Multiple locations

Breaking up is easy to do for under $5.

Best Place to Find Love or Lust: Online

Multiple sites

Though you may eventually need to leave the house

to take full advantage.

Best Place to Gawk at Humanity: Pike Place Market

Pike Place and First Avenue

Just remember: You look like a tourist everywhere else, too.

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests

Pike Place Market

Pike Place and First Avenue

Enjoy a cocktail at Il Bistro while your relatives stare at the fish guys.

Best Bowling Alley: Sunset Bowl

1420 N.W. Market St., 782-7310

An oasis of integrity in fast-gentrifying hood.

Sports & Recreation

Best Mariner: Ichiro Suzuki

seattle.mariners.mlb.com

At $20 million per year, a bargain.

Best Sonic: Kevin Durant

www.supersonics.com

Hasn't played a regular-season game but already

seen as the savior.

Best Seahawk: Shaun Alexander

www.seahawks.com

Good or dominant? For the Hawks, it all depends on

Alexander's two legs.

Best Storm Player: Sue Bird

www.wnba.com/storm

An off year means nothing to her fans; she's still tops.

Best Picnic Spot: Gas Works Park

www.ci.seattle.wa.us/parks/parkspaces/gasworks.htm

Extra points for arriving by bike or kayak to enjoy the

Lake Union view.

Best Hike to Tote Beers Along On: Discovery Park

www.seattle.gov/parks/environment/discovparkindex.htm

Please note: Beers are prohibited in Seattle parks,

you rascals.

Best Park: Discovery Park

www.seattle.gov/parks/environment/discovparkindex.htm

Better views than Alki, without the drag racing.

Best Sports Bar: Sport

140 Fourth Ave. N., 404-7767

As always in sports, the numbers tell the story: 39 TV screens.

Best Tennis Courts: Green Lake

www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/greenlak.htm

Also the best place for pickup games, says our staff tennis hustler.

Best Hot Yoga: Shakti Vinyasa Yoga

2238 N.W. Market St., 297-9642

Sweat your way to serenity (and a cute butt).

Best Place to Skateboard: Ballard

www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/ballardcommonspark.htm

The spiffy, two-year-old skate bowl at Ballard Commons is, for now,

the city's only skate park.

Arts & Entertainment

Best Radio Personality: KEXP's John in

the Morning

www.kexp.org

Good taste means you don't have to scream.

Best Art Gallery: Seattle Art Museum

1300 First Ave., 654-3100

Mr. Venturi meets Mr. Cloepfil. Romance follows.

Best Movie Theater: Cinerama

Fourth Avenue and Lenora Street, 441-3080

A single, glorious, big screen, the way pre-NRA Charlton Heston

would have wanted it.

Best Casino: Tulalip Resort Casino

10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip, 888-272-1111

Friendly croupiers and acres of parking convenient to the Wal-Mart!

Best Hair on a Local TV Broadcast

Personality: Steve Pool

www.komotv.com

Professional, reassuring, the man radiates chillaxity from his roots.

Best Radio Station: KEXP-FM (90.3)

www.kexp.org

Thanks to the Web, now conquering the world.

Best Theater Company: ACT

Seventh Avenue and Union Street, 292-7676

A gorgeous theater, relevant productions.

Goods & Services

Best Adult Video Store: Blue Video

4100 Aurora Ave. N., 632-9886

Fully stocked, and it's easy to get in and out.

Best Bike Shop: Gregg's Cycles

7007 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., 523-1822

Start your well-appointed fight against global warming here.

Best Body Piercing: Slave to the Needle

slavetotheneedle.com/piercing/index.asp

Check out the online bio of your piercer before you decide!

Best Bookstore: Elliott Bay Book Co.

101 S. Main St., 624-6600

The soul of Seattle, and still not crushed by Amazon.com.

Best CD/Record Store: Easy Street Records

20 W. Mercer St., 691-EASY; 4559 California Ave. S.W., 938-EASY

Its in-stores are better than many club shows.

Best Florist: Ballard Blossom

1766 N.W. Market St., 782-4213

Eighty years on, still family-owned and flawlessly run.

Best Place to Buy Sex Toys: Babeland

707 E. Pike St., 328-2914

Batteries—and advice—included.

Best Place to Buy Used Clothing: Value Village

8700 15th Ave. N.W., 783-4648, and other locations

With the money you save, you can actually afford Vogue's

fall fashion issue.

Best Tattoo Parlor: Slave to the Needle

508 N.W. 65th St., 789-2618; 403 N.E. 45th St.,

545-3685

Aaron Bell and his artists tour the country more than most bands.

Best Wine Selection: Pete's Wines

58 E. Lynn St., 322-2660

Buy by the crate; you can always tie the kids to the roof rack

of your Passat.

Bars & Clubs

Best Bartender: Murray at Zig Zag Cafe

1501 Western Ave., 625-1146

The man's got a Ph.D. in buzzology.

Best Draft Beer Selection: Brouwer's

400 N. 35th St., 267-2437

Everything from Pabst to Piratt.

Best Gay Bar: Neighbours

1509 Broadway, 324-5358

Is Amy Winehouse the new Madonna? Discuss.

Best Karaoke: Ozzie's

105 W. Mercer St., 284-4618

Where everyone was down with "Don't Stop Believing" well before

the last episode of The Sopranos.

Best Place to Drown Your Sorrows: At Home

Multiple locations

But please, don't blog or send e-mail after the second bottle.

Food & Drink

Best Coffee Drinks: Starbucks

Everywhere

Because clean, predictable, and efficient is where we want

to be in the morning.

Best Coffeehouse: Caffe Ladro

Multiple locations

A great latte, and reasons to linger.

Best Greasy Spoon: Beth's Cafe

7311 Aurora Ave. N., 782-5588

How can you resist the appeal of a 12-egg omelet?

Best Mexican Restaurant: Mama's Mexican Kitchen

2234 Second Ave., 728-6262

We like our Elvis burrito with a hunka hunka hunka burning salsa.

Best Outdoor Dining: Ray's Boathouse

6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., 789-6309

Everything tastes better when the air is salty.

Best Restaurant When Someone Else Pays: Canlis

2576 Aurora Ave. N., 283-3313

Proving the classics can be updated.

Best Sushi: Mashiko

4725 California Ave. S.W., 935-4339

No one else can make a curry hamachi roll with such flair.

Best Bakery: Macrina

2408 First Ave., 448-4032, and other locations

Leslie Mackie turns Seattle's reputation for being crusty

and flaky into a blessing.

Best Burger: Red Mill Burgers

1613 W. Dravus St., 284-6363; 312 N. 67th St., 783-6362

The secret Mill sauce reels us in time and time again.

Best Farmers Market (Besides Pike Place)

Ballard Farmers Market

Ballard Avenue Northwest and 22nd Avenue Northwest, 781-6776

Fewer tourists, more Volvos.

Best Grocery Store: PCC Natural Markets

Multiple locations

They knew organic before there was organic. Bring your own bag!

Best Pizza: Pagliacci

Multiple locations

Great pie served late, and the staff aren't surly, oppressed

wanna-be rock stars.

Best Teriyaki: Yasuko's

Multiple locations

Stuffing Seattle's teenagers for a quarter-century.

Best Pho: Than Brothers Restaurant

Multiple locations

Seattle's speediest bowl of noodles.

Best Waiter or Waitress: None (no consensus)

Sorry, you're going to have to tip evenly.

Music

Best Band Name: Blue Scholars

Second place: Natalie Portman's Shaved Head.

Best Band to Break Up in the Past Year

Pretty Girls Make Graves

www.matadorrecords.com/pretty_girls_make_graves

Now commemorated in countless tattoos.

Best New Band: Sirens Sister

www.myspace.com/sirenssister

Filling in for Bono since 2006.

Best Club DJ: Sabzi

Sometimes you want to dance, without the preaching.

Best Local Act Gone National: Blue Scholars

www.bluescholars.com

 

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