Seattle Weekly readers are a heavy-eating and drinking bunch, but a number of them set down their forks and steins to record their choices for the city's best spots for corned beef, coffee and curry--among other critical edibles. Over the coming weeks, we'll be sharing their selections on Voracious. And while the cliché that "if you don't vote, you can't complain" may hold true elsewhere, we welcome your rants about oversights and misjudgments in the comments section below.
Medals are awarded based on vote tallies, and the readers' decisions are final. Until next year.
GOLD:Husky DeliBest of Seattle Readers' Choice Winner
At 79 years old, Husky Deli is decades older than its fellow Best of Seattle winners. But the family-owned West Seattle institution has the youngsters beat when it comes to slicing Boar's Head meat, the central activity at any decent deli. Husky Deli doesn't slather any pretension on its sandwiches: marinated artichokes, toasted cashews, and pesto are the most lavish condiments on the no-nonsense menu board. Regular customers know to save room for ice cream.
The source of bagels sold at cafes across Seattle, Blazing Bagels produces a phenomenally popular bagel that's guaranteed to make a New Yorker apoplectic. The Redmond bakery's puffy, chewy bagels are suffused with flavors that have nothing to do with pumpernickel, salt, or poppy seeds: The regular menu includes French toast; snickerdoodle, and jalapeno cheddar-jack cheese. But for eaters envisioning a pastrami or corned-beef bagel sandwich, Blazing Bagels sells the standard varieties too.
How true is Tat's to its East Coast roots? Online review sites are lousy with comments about gruff service at this perpetually crowded Pioneer Square sandwich shop. But it's not the deli's proudly urban demeanor that keeps the line lengthy: Tat's Philly-born founders have mastered the intricacies of sandwich architecture, serving cheesesteaks with just the right meat-to-bread ratio that don't disassemble upon handling.