For those bewildered Snackdown voters who wondered what made White Center the tournament champ, next Thursday offers a chance to explore the city's best eating neighborhood.
As promised, the Seattle Weekly crew is convening for a party in the winning neighborhood, and you're invited. The festivities start at 6 p.m. at Full Tilt Ice Cream, where owner Justin Cline is treating all partygoers to free cake. The parlor's across the street from Proletariat Pizza, where celebrants can grab a pepperoni pie for dessert. Or, for those who'd rather contribute to White Center's economic development by spending money on booze, there are a number of excellent bars in the vicinity. Here, a few Weekly-endorsed watering holes:
Perhaps the most polarizing bar in White Center, the year-old Company is either the harbinger of soul-slaughtering gentrification or the best spot in the neighborhood for chickpea fries and classic cocktails. There's local art on the walls, and a PBR sells for $3--three times the price it commands at nearby bars. "We don't sell $1 beers," a bartender told the Weekly earlier this year. "I think it encourages something we don't want to encourage."
The Locker Room, 9633 16th Ave. S.W.
When Weekly editor Mike Seely was making the rounds for his book, Seattle's Best Dive Bars, he found a 65-cent pint of Busch at The Locker Room. The bar doesn't always run half-off specials, but there are plenty of drinkers who seem to be on constant watch for such promos at this proudly divey bar. Or maybe they just like spending their days at The Locker Room, which opens at 6 a.m. and attracts a diverse crowd of eccentrics and wanderers.
Mac's Triangle -- named for its corner-occupying shape -- has the requisite dartboards and Seahawks banners (Jell-O shots go on special every time the team scores a touchdown.) But, according to Seely, it also has food worthy of the city's best eating neighborhood. The burgers are huge, and the cheese steak is "sensational." And Mac's may sell the neighborhood's best souvenir: The bar's T-shirts are printed with the slogan "Livin' the Dream in White Center."