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  • Shawarma King

    Shawarma King

    Meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie is called by any number of names: Donair kebab, gyros, Tarna if you're in Armenia. But on The Ave, it's shawarma at Shawarma King. The small, but lavishly decorated dining room -- all done up in lipstick red,... More on Shawarma King »

  • URBAN Enoteca

    URBAN Enoteca

    Deep in the industrial guts of the southern reach of Sodo, this gorgeously rehabbed warehouse is part mega-tasting room, part special-event space, with a tasty restaurant on the side. The sweet-potato doughnut with maple glaze and tart cranberry... More on URBAN Enoteca »

  • Mamma Melina Ristorante

    Mamma Melina Ristorante

    After moving from its charming digs on Roosevelt, Mamma's sons re-imagined this iconic restaurant, giving it a sleek, stylish update. The food is still good, even if the prices have been bumped up to special occasion range. Actually, the pasta --... More on Mamma Melina Ristorante »

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Bars & Clubs

  • Volume

    Volume

    Located in Pioneer Square, this club has a vibe similar to that of its neighbors Trinity and Aura. Low, white leather couches on raised platforms are reserved for VIPs, and the DJ's play mixes of Top 40 hits. A request on Volume's Facebook page... More on Volume »

  • Conor Byrne

    Conor Byrne

    Narrow bars like the Conor Byrne Pub remind me of train cars. I love walking through the door and having the entire scene stretch out before me. The elaborate bar made of dark wood, the big brick wall, the tiny little stage in the corner, the... More on Conor Byrne »

  • The Cuff

    The Cuff

    Many gay clubs on Capitol Hill have been infiltrated by heterosexuals in recent years, but The Cuff remains the neighborhood's biggest "bear" bar. Standout features include an S&M sex shop onsite, an enormous dancefloor, and a painting of a lion... More on The Cuff »

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Music Venues

  • Tractor Tavern

    Tractor Tavern

    In today’s high-tech world, branding means everything. Ironically, one of the most reliable and identifiable music venues in town regularly hosts bands that draw their influence from the pre-computer age. For those with a hankerin’ for some... More on Tractor Tavern »

  • Neumos

    Neumos

    Neumos on Capitol Hill is one of Seattle's hippest music venues, and unfortunately, the people who work there know it. They've got a talented booking staff with excellent, eclectic taste, but if you feel the cold shoulder, just brush it off and... More on Neumos »

  • Noc Noc

    Noc Noc

    Noc Noc is a hidden gem in a downtown block of Second Avenue. Past the dull, green awning is a lavish, brick, Gothic-inspired interior with high ceilings and a large stone demon overlooking the bar. Noc Noc not only features standard bar... More on Noc Noc »

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Movie Theaters

  • Lincoln Square

    Lincoln Square

    With stadium seating and a skybridge over to Bellevue Square (i.e., free parking), Bellevue’s cushy Lincoln Square boasts 15 screens and one big IMAX theater. It's the biggest multiplex on the Eastside, and there are plenty of places nearby to... More on Lincoln Square »

  • Pacific Place

    Pacific Place

    The multiplex is located at the fourth level of downtown's Pacific Place mall, famed for its cheap, ample parking in the garage below. Beer and wine are available in the lobby. Most titles are projected in digital, and the number of trailers... More on Pacific Place »

  • Crest

    Crest

    The $3 bargain shows at Shoreline’s Crest Cinema are widely celebrated--and attended--by many budget-minded, Seattle-based cinephiles. Most titles among Its wide mix of programming, featuring everything from Hollywood favorites to independent... More on Crest »

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Food Trucks

  • Here and There Grill

    Here and There Grill

    Julie Malcolm opened Here & There Grill three years ago, when Seattle's food truck scene just began to roll out. Her collection of 500 cookbooks feeds ideas for her revolving menu, and she repeats most menu items every few months, bringing back... More on Here and There Grill »

  • Cheese Wizards

    Cheese Wizards

    At Cheese Wizards, avid sci-fi fans Bo Saxbe and his little brother Tom aren't just strictly relying on cheese to be their focal point. This truck offers a variety of sandwiches with a little bit of sci-fi and fantasy thrown into the mix. The... More on Cheese Wizards »

  • Charlie's Buns 'N Stuff

    Charlie's Buns 'N Stuff

    Don't forget to try the buffalo chicken cheese balls, spicy, gooey two-inch-in-diameter globs that seems like they'd be best paired with drinking a six pack and watching people play some competitive game on TV. These fried balls pack pieces of... More on Charlie's Buns 'N Stuff »

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Coffee Shops

  • Caffe Ladro

    Caffe Ladro

    Ladro has achieved small-chain status, whatever you may think of that. People love their espresso-made from excellent, fairly traded organic Tony's Coffee beans-and desserts, such as berry pies and a superlative carrot cake, are all baked at... More on Caffe Ladro »

  • Bauhaus Books & Coffee

    Bauhaus Books & Coffee

    This place is just like your favorite pair of jeans. You might be tempted to try on a new pair -- or a new barista -- but you'll always slip back to your old friends because it's all about comfort. Bauhaus is the quintessential coffee spot,... More on Bauhaus Books & Coffee »

  • Firehouse Coffee

    Firehouse Coffee

    There's a kids' play gym next door (Gymboree) which can be handy or noisy, depending on your need or mood. But it's a cozy coffeehouse atmosphere, with reliable sandwiches and tasty pastries. More on Firehouse Coffee »

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    • Stalked by a shape-shifting, DNA-infiltrating alien on their Antarctic base, Kurt Russell and company dissolve into mutual suspicion and distrust. The beast could be inside any of them, so you have to shoot your pal—or incinerate him with a flamethrower—without hesitation to save your own skin. John Carpenter’s 1982 The Thing is a reverse guys-on-a-mission flick, where unit cohesion falters and leader turns against crew. It’s morning in America, and utter darkness at the South Pole. The 1951 original came during the Cold War, when sci-fi... More on Egyptian »

    • Mel Brooks' inspired 1974 spoof is probably his best movie, affectionately rooted in the James Whale originals (particularly Bride of Frankenstein) yet knowingly updated with innuendo and vaudeville. Gene Wilder stars as the reluctant mad scientist who's determined not to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. The great Madeline Kahn plays his fiancée, destined to end up with quite another man (er, monster, played by Peter Boyle). Marty Feldman is the goggle-eyed hunchback. Wilder and Brooks are both credited with the script, which includes... More on Egyptian »

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