So says Sunset Magazine in its newest issue, which pits eight great Western food cities against one another in regional match-ups. A presumably unbiased panel of food writers from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Phoenix weighed arguments put forth by Seattle and Portland defenders (Seattle Met's Jess Thomson made the case for our fair city), and ruled Seattle was the better city for eaters.
Seattle and Portland were scored on a variety of categories, including celebrity chefs, markets, and diversity. Portland earned a perfect 10 for innovation and its liquid culture of microbreweries, micro-distilleries, and Stumptown coffee. But the city was docked seven points for being too smug.
"It can feel like you're not a real local unless you own a chicken coop or make beer in your bathtub," Portland's appointed advocate conceded. "And you can't ignore Portland's one-upmanship when it comes to the 'greenness' of the food or its ultra-hard-core vegan community."
Seattle beat Portland by two points, collecting extra points for its markets ("You can get anything in Seattle," Thompson writes, citing geoduck, crumpets, and "forty thousand kinds of miso") and diversity ("There's pho on every corner.")
The story concludes with a list of seven must-eat spots, presented as seven reasons why Seattle won the contest. Sunset was apparently swayed by Salumi, Melrose Market, Café Besalu, Green Leaf, Espresso Vivace, Staple & Fancy, and Oddfellows Café, which earns a special accolade.
"If there's a single restaurant that epitomizes Seattle's food-and-drink scene, this is it," the magazine declares in its capsule describing the Capitol Hill eatery.
No word on whether Seattle will move on to face winners of the other heats. We're ready for you, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Denver.