White Center last year clawed to the top of our first-ever Neighborhood Snackdown, clambering over Capitol Hill and the International District to claim the title of Seattle's best eating district. But is White Center ready for Bellevue, Bainbridge Island and Federal Way?
The Snackdown is back, and this time we're letting the suburbs play. If you take a gander at the bracket below, you'll see we've deviously set the stage for an urban/suburban showdown, with the top Seattle neighborhood facing the last-standing suburb in the finals.
In order to make room for all of King County, we've broadened our inner-city boundaries, so adjoining neighborhoods will now compete as one entity. That means White Center doesn't have to go it alone in its title defense: It's joined with West Seattle for Snackdown purposes. Suburbs are also clustered geographically.
But the most awesome amalgams sit near Seattle's edges: A clump of five neighborhoods are joining forces as the "Northeast Super Region," while another six cross-town 'hoods are grouped under the "Southeast Super Region" banner. Unfortunately, the Snackdown bracket only has eight city slots, so the Northeast and Southeast are scheduled to battle for inclusion in what's sure to be a hotly-contested play-in match.
Although we have a new set of competitors this year, the Snackdown's format hasn't changed. We'll present a defense of each participating district, authored by a Voracious contributor, but hope you'll chime in with comments. If we forgot your favorite Thai take-out joint in Ravenna or an important Lynnwood hot dog cart, spill it: Winners are determined by an online poll, so it's up to you to strengthen your home 'hood's entry.
And don't forget to vote! While the honor and acclaim that come with a Snackdown title are probably sufficient incentive to back your neighborhood, we're sweetening the deal by throwing a party in the winning neighborhood. Stay tuned for further details about the food and music that could be coming your way.
The Northeast and Southeast super regions meet on Monday morning, with standard tournament play starting the following week. Good luck.