Our Snackdown quarterfinals featured one of the tournament's tightest contests - and the most lopsided battle yet.
The ferry trio of Bremerton, Bainbridge and Vashon (which is so certain of ultimate victory that its constituent towns are already squabbling about where to hold the celebration party) toppled Bothell, Kenmore and Kirkland by collecting an awesome 93 percent of votes cast. There are more people on the cities' executive boards than there are people who bothered to support the Eastside suburbs' eating scene.
Bremerton, Bainbridge and Vashon now advance to face Capitol Hill, which squeaked by the International District in a match-up that attracted nearly 4000 votes. Capitol Hill claimed 50.84 percent of those votes to earn the title of urban champ.
With just two competitors for the Snackdown crown remaining, it's a pretty good bet the 'hood that's home to your favorite restaurant is long gone. That means next week you'll face the eternal fan quandary: Do you root for the neighborhood which represents your side of the bracket, since a win would establish its overall superiority? Or do you cheer on the other 'hood, hoping whoever kept your neighborhood from reaching the finals gets its comeuppance?
(This debate rages at my house during football season: I maintain that conference allegiance trumps intraconference rivalries, so even though I was born in Ann Arbor at the height of the Bo vs. Woody era, I'll back the Buckeyes in a bowl game. My husband, whose Miami Canes joined the ACC eight years ago, would root for a bunch of Bank of America mortgage officers if they were playing Florida State.)
Take the weekend. Think it over. Ride the ferry to lunch. Explore Capitol Hill, which this weekend is marking its Hilloween Carnival with discounts at various restaurants. No matter which side you decide to support, you'll have eaten very, very well.