For eight years Greg Nickels ruled over Seattle before being jilted by

For eight years Greg Nickels ruled over Seattle before being jilted by his public and replaced by Mike McGinn four years ago. This year, for the first time in 12 years, Nickels is sitting out the mayoral race, most likely smelling the roses and enjoying the splendor of Seattle. Right? He may no longer be the mayor, but as his bests indicate, this is still Nickels’ city.

Best Politician: Jay Inslee

Let’s give the guy a chance.

Best Neighborhood: Admiral District

Walk to shops, restaurants, movie theaters, library, schools, and the best beach in the city.

Best Park: Magnuson Park

Something happened a few years ago: Magnuson evolved from a former naval air station to a great urban park.

Best Sounder: Osvaldo Alonso

The heart and soul of our futbol team is called the “honey badger.”

Best Museum: MOHAI

A spectacular reuse of the old Naval Reserve Armory, creating a uniquely Seattle space.

Best Theater Company: Arts West

How does a neighborhood theater survive the Great Recession?

Best Breakfast: The Chelan Cafe

The best chicken-fried steak this side of the Mason-Dixon line.

Best Pizza: Pizzeria 22

New York and Chicago have their signature pies; in Seattle. it’s authentic Neapolitan pizza.

Best Sushi: Azuma Sushi

A friendly, family-owned outpost in the Alaska Junction district of West Seattle.

Best Thai Restaurant: Buddha Ruksa

The crispy garlic chicken is known as “crack chicken” in our house. Addicting!

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