In a classic Pacific Northwest battle, this year's Neighborhood Snackdown finals forced voters to choose between the mountains and the sea. Would they rather ascend Capitol Hill or ferry across the Sound in pursuit of a great meal? By a convincing margin, they opted for the latter.
The "Island Entry" - as we conveniently abbreviated the combined 'hoods of Bainbridge, Vashon and Kitsap Peninsula - toppled Capitol Hill in the first Snackdown featuring neighborhoods beyond Seattle proper. In their march to the finals, the islands handily eliminated cities associated with the region's best Korean and Mexican restaurants: They glided past Shoreline, Lynnwood and Edmonds before knocking off Burien, Tukwila, Seatac, Federal Way and Des Moines.
On the city side of the bracket, Capitol Hill had an equally impressive run, defeating such heavy hitters as Ballard and the International District. But the 'hood was no match for the island alliance, which claimed 55 percent of the thousands and thousands of votes cast.
Now that the Snackdown's produced a winner, our event team will get cracking on planning a victory party. Of course, they'll first have to determine which island gets hosting honors. That means this is your last chance to share an opinion on Snackdown matters: Let us know in the comments section where you think the celebration belongs. We're especially looking for specific venue suggestions.
And, of course, thanks to all the neighborhoods for playing. We'll see you back on the bracket in 2013.