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Our next match-up unfolds atop two of the city's most notorious hills, as the Queen Anne/Magnolia supergroup tries to outplay Capitol Hill. Don't forget to


Snackdown! Queen Anne/Magnolia vs. Capitol Hill

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Our next match-up unfolds atop two of the city's most notorious hills, as the Queen Anne/Magnolia supergroup tries to outplay Capitol Hill. Don't forget to file your vote by Thursday at 11:59 p.m.

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Queen Anne and Magnolia may as well be East and West Berlin in the '70s, for all the impenetrability of Interbay; the two neighborhoods are adjacent only on paper. Yet there are plenty of reasons to brave the arduous crossing, in either direction.

The center of the Magnolia dining world since 1990 is cozy Szmania's, old-school German cuisine (it works magic with potatoes); or you can relish the Sound-side views that probably are what drew you to Magnolia in the first place at Palisade in the Elliott Bay Marina. Sitting atop Queen Anne Hill, as if to crown it, is Ethan Stowell's How to Cook a Wolf, a small, sleek wooden box that feels home-sized, as if your friends with the cool apartment have invited you for dinner for super-sophisticated comfort food.

For the inverse experience--silly food in a laboratory setting--visit Menchie's, with its frozen-yogurt dispensers built into the walls and dozens of little bins of add-ins; mad scientists just pile anything they want into a cup and pay by weight. Chocolopolis, down the street, is like Willy Wonka opened a branch of Tiffany's, with exotic bars and bonbons from around the world displayed like jewels--when a wrapper says "70%," are they talking cocoa content or carats?

Lower Queen Anne, among the dozens of eateries just steps from Seattle Center, boasts Toulouse, which was hip in utero and still draws waiting lines of diners even for weekday breakfast; the ageless, adorably grungy Mecca, which could be an exhibit in the Smithsonian: "The American Diner, 1930-60"; and no fewer than three popular Thai restaurants, Phuket, Racha, and Tup Tim Thai, about as far apart from one another as first, second, and third base are. As for Interbay itself, it may seem an unlikely candidate for condofication, though if anything could anchor this industrial neighborhood's attempt at a boho makeover, it's the new cathedral-like Whole Foods Market.

And Ma'Chell Duma LaVassar likes what she finds 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'sis 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."

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