Sooner or later, you're going to the hospital. Not necessarily because of a car crash or cancer, but more likely to visit friends or family

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Best Hospital Cafeteria

Harborview's Ninth Avenue Cafe

Sooner or later, you're going to the hospital. Not necessarily because of a car crash or cancer, but more likely to visit friends or family during a routine procedure. You're worried, you're bored, you need a place to sit down...and eat. Eating is healthy. Eating heals. And since they're open 24/7, there's a lot of eating going on in hospitals. Traditionally, the Dining Room at Swedish Medical Center has attracted medical professionals from other institutions (!) who sneak over for its superior lunchtime fare. But the culinary shocker on Pill Hill lies within the newly opened, $257 million Harborview expansion known as the Norm Maleng Building (designed by NBBJ). There, the Ninth Avenue Cafe has, literally and figuratively, stolen the lunch away from every other hospital cafeteria in town. Medical insiders from the UW Medical Center by Husky Stadium—where the food "sucks," sources say—now regularly sneak away to Harborview on the free shuttle bus to dine on haute hospital cuisine.—Brian Miller 410 Ninth Ave., 744-3000, harborview.org.

 
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