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To build the Snackdown bracket, we consulted maps, drew charts and scoured our archives -- and somehow still left Greenwood and Phinney out of the


Snackdown! Capitol Hill vs. Ballard/Greenwood/Phinney

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To build the Snackdown bracket, we consulted maps, drew charts and scoured our archives -- and somehow still left Greenwood and Phinney out of the mix. Our apologies to the two very worthy 'hoods, which now join nearby Ballard to battle Capitol Hill for culinary supremacy. Remember, voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m.

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White Center and West Seattle Eliminated

Ma'Chell Duma LaVassar is a Capitol Hill booster.

Capitol Hill alone makes Seattle one of America's great food cities. Not only does the Hill have any type of cuisine you are craving, you can get it in both lowbrow and highbrow varieties, sometimes within steps of each other.

You only have to cross the street, from Pike Street Fish Fry to Quinn's Pub to experience two equally delicious takes on greasily good seafood. Fans of fresher fish can get their fix via a conveyor belt at Genki Sushi, the chain that gets you bust-a-gut full for the cost of half a roll at the sublimely posh Momiji - which reside within a reasonable, high-heeled walk of each other.

C.H. also has a concentration of quality Mexi/Latin fare. Feeling upscale? Hit Poquito's for uber-fresh and fabulous, or the Saint, a seemingly jinxed space that's become a premier locale, or Barrio, where the food is thoughtful -- and a single flight of unbelievable tequila could pay four diner's tabs at low end haunts like Bimbo's Bitchin' Burrito Kitchen or Taco Gringos.

Burgers worth the big bucks can be found at Lil' Woody's and 8oz. Burger Bar, but for cheap eats, other locations be damned; the Mix-immortalized Dick's is the best. Awash with local color, they have provided tourists the unique experience of being berated for offering a homeless vegan a cheeseburger, since 1955. And though its gone from Grungeville, USA to Yipsterburg over the years, as long as that marquee stands over Broadway, the Hill is still "the Hill."

And Chelsea Lin's backing Ballard, Phinney and Greenwood.

Everyone's got an opinion on where to eat and drink in Ballard, from Frank Bruni at the New York Times to the drunken fisherman leaning against the Henry mural on the side of the Sloop. Though the historically seafaring 'hood was past known for its prominent Norwegian heritage--a night swilling aquavit like a Viking at Copper Gate is still a rite of passage for newbies--it's quickly passing even hipster haven Capitol Hill as the place to see and be seen in Seattle.

Spend a Friday evening trying to score a plate of local oysters at Walrus and the Carpenter, a seat at Staple & Fancy, or a glass of housemade Fernet at Essex and you'll be among the who's who of Seattle's gourmands and cocktail nerds. One mustn't wait hours and spend a week's pay just to enjoy Ballard, though--Besalu's perfect croissants, the complex flavor of La Carta de Oaxaca's mole negro, Mike's legendary chili fries.

Greenwood and Phinney also offer lots of great affordable options, including Mr. Gyro's, Pete's Egg Nest and La Conasupo, a taco joint beloved by Voracious' resident Greenwooder, Naomi Bishop. Beer fans flock to Naked City Taphouse and Chuck's Hop Shop, while cocktailians swear by Oliver's Twist. And for fancier evenings, Carmelita and Stumbling Goat are the restaurants of choice.

For dessert, a slice of Blue Hawaiian pie from A La Mode Pies or a boozy shake from Hot Cakes are as worthy of the hike north as any of the places you'll find the Top Chef judges dining. From dive bars to fine dining, family-friendly eateries to singles scenes, Ballard, Phinney and Greenwood are clearly the best--just don't try the barbecue.

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