Sorted alphabetically, Wallingford and White Center ranked near the very bottom of the 16 neighborhoods competing for our first-ever Great Snackdown crown. But according to thousands of Voracious voters, they're tops among Seattle's eating 'hoods.
Wallingford vanquished the International District and White Center topped the Central District in the Snackdown's semi-finals last week, producing a cross-city match for the championship. Fans of Hoosiers--and every other sports movie ever made--will immediately appreciate the parameters of the pairing. Wallingford is the slick, well-funded team, with a James Beard award in its trophy case and a slew of national-magazine accolades pasted in its scrapbook. White Center's so scrappy that it bested West Seattle, South Lake Union, and the Central District on the strength of $1 tamales and a pizzeria called Proletariat (a detail so shameless that director Ron Shelton would probably scrub it from the script).
So, Voracious readers, the choice falls to you: Daniel-san or Johnny? Rocky or Apollo Creed? White Center or Wallingford?
Remember, voting starts afresh with each round, so to help your 'hood, you must cast a vote in the poll. Voting runs through Sunday night, and we'll crown the winner one week from today.
As promised, the winner of our contest to determine Seattle's best neighborhood for eating will receive a year's worth of bragging rights. But we're upping the stakes slightly: Seattle Weekly staffers have generously agreed to drink in the championship neighborhood. We'll stage a celebration party at a local watering hole, doing what we can to support the winning 'hood's economy. We hope you'll join us.