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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Wayward Vegan Cafe

    Wayward Vegan Cafe

    Wayward, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, isn't just a vegan cafe, it's one of Seattle's only collectively run restaurants. Your cook may have a pierced septum, and your waitress may be heavily tattooed, but the food they prepare and... More on Wayward Vegan Cafe »

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Bars & Clubs

  • Pimienta Bistro & Bar

    Pimienta Bistro & Bar

    Chef Blanca Rodriguez, a veteran of Nordstrom department store kitchens, has transcended the strip mall setting of Pimienta Bistro with her artful, Latin-accented food. The menu is mostly what was once called Continental, but the delicious dishes... More on Pimienta Bistro & Bar »

  • Bathtub Gin

    Bathtub Gin

    Bathtub Gin is Belltown's version of the Seattle speakeasy. And one nice thing about the city's current trend of tucked-away bars is that every speakeasy does things a little differently. At Bathtub, you don't have to ring any doorbells or get on... More on Bathtub Gin »

  • Dante's

    Dante's

    Those people who claim the University of Washington lacks a consistently great bar within walking distance of campus-and there are many-have never been to Dante's. A self-proclaimed "U-District Tradition since 1966," the bar's air hockey, pinball... More on Dante's »

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Music Venues

  • High Dive

    High Dive

    In the former Suite G space-about as centrally Fremont as you can get-High Dive's vibe is more backyard Americana than bike-riding activist, but that's more or less the way the neighborhood is going these days anyway. Serving hand-rubbed,... More on High Dive »

  • 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 »

  • 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

  • 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 »

  • Harvard Exit

    Harvard Exit

    Located in a sleepy, tree-shrouded corner of Capitol Hill just off Broadway, the Harvard Exit was originally built as Woman's Century Club in 1925. It was converted to an art-house cinema in 1968 and acquired by Landmark in 1979. The venue has... More on Harvard Exit »

  • 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 »

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Food Trucks

  • Athena's

    Athena's

    Owner Nick Parisi's family been in the food industry since the '80s, first serving up fried calzones at fairs, then Greek fare when they decided they wanted to sell healthier food, and their gyros live up to the goddess after which they're named.... More on Athena's »

  • Tony's Market

    Tony's Market

    With the rise of neighborhood farmers markets and the increased savvy of grocery-store produce departments, the fruit stand is a disappearing relic. But despite its dinosaur status business is booming at Tony's market. The staff behind the... More on Tony's Market »

  • Fusion on the Run

    Fusion on the Run

    Fusion on the Run founder Cassandra Seaman, with her surfer-Hawaiian-Portlandia roots, has managed to create a beast cuisine that's best coined as "Hawaiiamesicorean." This beast makes the sweet flavors of Hawaiian fare play nice with the herbs... More on Fusion on the Run »

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Coffee Shops

  • Fuel Coffee

    Fuel Coffee

    This scrappy little Capitol Hill coffee shop's patrons are as loyal as the atmosphere is laid-back. Fuel represents the middle ground in Seattle coffee culture: It's a place for folks who are neither Stumptown nor Starbucks, aficionado or layman.... More on Fuel Coffee »

  • 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 »

  • Starbucks

    Starbucks

    Since its founding by a trio of aspiring coffee roasters in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has grown to become the largest coffeehouse in the world, with upwards of 20,000 locations in Seattle and around the world. Named for the chief mate on the... More on Starbucks »

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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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