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[PRIME] So you're coming to Seattle? A local's take on the best of the Emerald City
I swore I would be more social this PAX, meet more people, be more helpful, reach out more, etc. I think a good way to do it is to provide my insight as to the city I call home. I see lists here and there on the forum here, but they seem to be compiled largely from outsiders. That's fine, and a lot of what I see is good stuff, but it's missing that intimate knowledge of the area.
Who I am: Extreme foodie, thrill seeker, globetrotting 1st world hobo, all around generally nerdy type with just enough cool points to stay above the Creepy/Awesome scale. Longtime resident of PAX's fair homebase. Oh, and I really, really hate hipsters, hippies, hip checkers, hipless women, and rampaging hippos.
What I -hope- to provide: A comprehensive list of not only what to eat, but what to do while you're here when you aren't geeking it up. I'll try to tell you not only the best places to eat, but what made them so famous in the first place. I'll give you the typical touristy things to hit while here, but also try to take you off the beaten path a little bit to see some of the hidden gems that make this area so charming to those of us who live here. I'll not recommend anything I've not eaten nor send you someplace I've never been just because I've heard it was cool. I think I've lived here long enough to where I can say I have a pretty good finger on the pulse of the region.
Also keep in mind that not everything I'll recommend is walkable from a downtown hotel. I'll assume most of you will have transportation of some sort. Why? Because you can rent a car in this city for between 9 and 13 dollars a day, and the hotels in the outlying areas a whole 10-15 minutes from the convention center cost half as much as the hotels downtown. It just makes economic sense, not to mention you can actually drive from a hotel outside of downtown to the convention center faster than you can walk from many downtown hotels to the convention center - at least on a holiday weekend such as Labor Day.
First up in my Tour Guide Series: the Top 5 eats by genre. It's not a full list yet, just what I've had a few minutes to work on here and there while listening to the jet engine that is my datacenter in the background. I'll try to continually add to it, and if anyone has suggestions as to how they'd like to see it better formatted, I'm all ears.