In the final battle to determine which neighborhood will represent the city of Seattle in next week's Snackdown finals, the International District takes on Capitol Hill. Voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m.
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Tiffany Ran contends there's no better eating 'hood than the International District.
The International District boasts dining options that surpass geographic borders. From the International District gate to the borders of Rainier, hungry patrons can start at the gate, where Ping's Dumplings are hand made every day, and Henry's Taiwan Plus brings the best of the small island country to the Northwest. A few steps down, Fuji Bakery adds European flair to the corner of King Street and 6th, where late night dining options are a stone's throw away.
At 1 a.m., restaurants like Hong Kong Bistro, Purple Dot Café, and Honey Court Seafood, which provide the wide gamut of late night eats from the therapeutic soup noodles to claypot rice and lobster. Local watering holes, Maekawa and Fort St. George, keep up the late-night dining standard, offering drink-friendly food that surpasses the usual pizza and burgers.
Those willing to go deep will be rewarded with the ultimate weekend brunch, the duck noodles and offal congee at Huong Binh. By day, Saigon Deli's Vietnamese sandwiches do not skimp on the duck liver mousse. Maneki, possibly the oldest Japanese restaurant in the country, keeps tradition going strong. Though, it's clear that the restaurants in the ID do not have a problem with that at all.
And Ma'Chell Duma LaVassar's heart is in Capitol Hill.
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."