Today the Weekly released their annual best-of list, and a lot of great Central District spots made the list:
Rahwa Habte, who cooks and organizes most of the restaurant’s events, notes that “there aren’t places in the Central District that have live shows. So we wanted something that’s accessible, where people can walk in and see people that look like them doing art, and hopefully that inspires them.”
Best Music Venue That Isn’t One goes to 20/20 Cycles:
There, amid walls adorned with bike parts and hanging wheels, you can catch up-and-coming bands as well as local institutions like Karl Blau and the Dead Science. Snarky wannabe fashion plates are all but nonexistent here. Best of all, it’s OK (well, if you’re sneaky about it) to bring in your own booze, thereby saving yourself the five bucks you’d otherwise spend on a watered-down whiskey-ginger.
Best Red Velvet Cake goes to Bella Dolce in Madison Valley:
“Magenta cakes are all over this town, but Bella Dolce’s red velvet cake—really good as a cupcake, fantastic if you can commit to a 6-inch ($25) or a 9-inch ($35) cake—is one of the best, with a moist crumb, a cream-cheese frosting that’s not overpoweringly cheesy, a hint of Dutch-process cocoa, and a color most likely a combination of FD&C 40 and FD&C 3.”
Best Place for a High-Heeled Date goes to The Harvest Vine, in Madison Valley:
A nibblet of perfectly tender calamari or a snifter of foie gras will whet your appetite for rich fare like suckling pig or braised venison, while simple dishes will surprise you with their nuanced delicacy. Sautéed with golden raisins, pine nuts, and cream sherry, the longstanding spinach dish offers a near-perfect blend of herbal flavor punctuated by nutty richness.
Best Hidden Gem off Lake Washington Blvd goes to Leschi Mart:
Venture inside this unprepossessing, multi-generation, family-owned market along Lake Washington, and you’ll find a fantastic meat counter and one of the best wine selections in town
Best Viewpoint You’ve Never Heard Of goes to the new Mt. Baker Ridge Viewpoint Park:
A community-led project opened up the space down the street from the cafe and turned it into Mt. Baker Ridge Viewpoint Park. Finished a few months ago, it’s a serene little spot, with a steel-mesh deck inviting visitors to gaze at the newly landscaped ridge below, the neighborhoods that stretch beyond, and Seattle’s famous vista beyond that.
Best Late Night Illegal Drinking Hang-Out Spot for High-Schoolers goes to Leschi Park
Beautiful and completely hidden from busy Lake Washington Boulevard, Leschi Park is and has been for some time the preferred rendezvous spot for the underage partier.