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Our first quarterfinal match pits the whole of Southeast Seattle against the smaller-but-mighty International District. The polls are open now through Thursday at 11:59 p.m.,

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Snackdown! Southeast Seattle vs. International District

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Our first quarterfinal match pits the whole of Southeast Seattle against the smaller-but-mighty International District. The polls are open now through Thursday at 11:59 p.m., so get voting.

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The Play-In: Northeast Super Region vs. Southeast Super Region

Southeasterner Nina Shapiro is fond of her home district.

What can't you find in the Southeast Super Region? In a city that pays lip service to diversity, but in many neighborhoods has precious little of it, this area's got almost everything.

Almost, because the one thing it lacks is super high-end places. Who needs them? Not when you can go to Columbia City's La Medusa, a place that executes its Sicilian menu with items like duck breast, farro and risotto croquettes. Hungry for more humble Italian fare? The Southeast region's got an astounding array of superb pizza places--Georgetown's Stellar Pizza and Via Tribunali, Mt. Baker's Flying Squirrel and Mioposto, Beacon Hill's Bar del Corso, Columbia City's Tutta Bella, Rainier Beach's Pizzeria Pulcinella.

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Columbia City offers great diner fare (Geraldine's in Columbia City), elegant Thai food (the Spice Room) and a Caribbean joint that serves up yams and plantains (Island Soul). Columbia City Bakery's bread is justly sought after by restaurants around the city.

Want Ethiopian food? There's Meskel in the Central District. Indian? Try Travelers Thali House on Beacon Hill. Dim Sum? The Rainier Valley's Jumbo Seafood Restaurant & Lounge easily matches more celebrated places in the International District. And Vietnamese? There are too many holes in the wall to name, and one of the delights of this region is discovering them yourself.

And Tiffany Ran likes 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.

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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.

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