Alki Beach is its own ecosystem. Not only is it unlike any territory in Seattle, it's unlike any territory in West Seattle—and it's in West

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Best Place to Forget You're in Seattle

Beach Drive

Alki Beach is its own ecosystem. Not only is it unlike any territory in Seattle, it's unlike any territory in West Seattle—and it's in West Seattle. And with the notable exception of the wonderful Alki Tavern (which appears on Harbor Avenue Southwest before the Alki scene really explodes), most West Seattleites avoid it like the plague, especially in summer (when mainland Seattleites and suburbanites most assuredly don't avoid it). There are, after all, only so many uninspiring restaurants, beach volleyball games, and tricked-out Hondas a person can tolerate. But if you whip around the bend, past the imitation Statue of Liberty, you will find an ecosystem so diametrically opposed to Alki Beach that it's downright jarring. That ecosystem is Beach Drive. The only commercial entity back there is La Rustica, a sleepy, sublime, family-owned Italian restaurant that's insanely generous with its pregame focaccia. Otherwise, it's like taking a trip down Highway 101's most picturesque stretch. Where am I? In a major metropolitan city? Really? No way! —Mike Seely

 
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