Tomorrow's the big party for White Center, the neighborhood which emerged victorious in our first-ever Snackdown. The 6 p.m. event is a great chance to check out the city's best 'hood for eating--and to eat cake, courtesy of party host Full Tilt Ice Cream.
Last week, we steered you toward a few watering holes in walking distance of Full Tilt. But if your post-cake plans call for food, not drink, we've got you covered too. After the jump, a few nearby restaurants that helped the 'hood win the Snackdown crown.
While "superlicious" is a tough adjective to top, Mike Seely used the word "perfect" twice and the word "best" once when reviewing Mike Gordon's soul food restaurant. He was sold on the barbecued chicken, mashed potatoes, and sweet potato pie, but the green beans, pulled pork, and sweet tea--a rarity in King County--have also acquired devoted fans. Gordon learned to cook from his mother, Geraldine Gordon, whose kitchen was a regular stop on Ray Charles' Seattle itineraries.
Salvadorean Bakery is a bakery, should you be in the market for sweet breads or skull cakes (just 14 shopping days to Dia de los Muertos!) But it's also a full-service restaurant, serving fried fish, smothered chicken, beef feet soup, and pupusas. White Center's best-known Latin eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner--and its signature tres leches cake is available at all three meals.
Past winner of Seattle Weekly's best burger title--and defending champ in the non-beef burger division--Zippy's has drawn its share of White Center skeptics to the neighborhood. The restaurant's lured burger devotees with hand-ground beef patties; aggressive griddling, and a secret sauce that makes for a joyous mess. Good thing owners Blaine and Rahel Cook gave up on their initial plan to open a teriyaki joint.