4:22 PM yesterday
commented on Plans For a West Seattle Whole Foods Have Been Indefinitely Delayed
It's true that WS already has Met Market, which is a great store. But isn't just about West Seattle. This would have been the first Whole Foods south of downtown. It's closer to I-5/99 than Met Market and undoubtedly folks from Beacon Hill, MT Baker, Seward Park, Georgetown, Burien, etc. would have also used it too.
PCC, Met Market, and Whole Foods all overlap each other, but they are not exactly the same in terms of what they carry. Can I get by without Whole Foods? Yes. Would I have gone to Whole Food in WS a lot? Probably not. But it would have been a nice option to have, since I do go to the WS Trader Joe's a lot.
commented on What Does It Take to Be Seattle's Best Banh Mi?
The BBQ pork Banh Mi at Saigon Deli is indeed great and also a great value. But I think the Tofu Banh Mi at Baguette Box may be the best Banh Mi I've had in Seattle.
Like the Pho at Ba Bar, it's definitely not the cheapest, and I found that off-putting at first. But ultimately, I had to acknowledge that sometimes you get what you pay for. I love meat, but that tofu Banh Mi is simply a little bit better than every other Bahn Mi I've had over the last 25 years of eating them.
That being said, Saigon Deli is closer to me, it's cheaper, and it's damn good. So I go there regularly with pleasure.
commented on To the Tourists Who Hate Visiting Seattle: You’re Doing It Wrong
@2: Absolute bunk. People are not icy here. Apparently, you've never spent much time in a place like Boston. In my 25 years here, I've always been surprised at how friendly people are here.
Any tourist who can't spend 20 minutes looking at the Stranger or reading a little bit on Yelp, isn't a very adventurous tourist. The first thing I do when I'm contemplating visiting a new city is ask myself "where is the Capitol Hill" of this city. Every city doesn't have a neighborhood quite like that. Some have more than one. Some have that sort of stuff spread across the town. But usually, asking that question is enough to get you out of the purely tourist area and into something more interesting.
If you're staying downtown in Seattle, you're going to find Belltown and Capitol Hill with no problem. At this point, Ballard is well-publicized as a nightlife destination. Georgetown is perhaps a bit more obscure.
That said, even in the downtown core, you could have a good time at night. It wouldn't be my first choice, but if I'd never been here before it could still be fun,
commented on Seattle Population Hits 700,000 Today, But Our Transportation System Isn’t Ready
@4: Link apparently functioned, but at present, it doesn't go enough places to significantly help mitigate a problem like the one that happened yesterday. So I think Charles's characterization makes sense. Imagine how much less of an issue the accident would have been yesterday if East Link and North Link were already finished.
My GF could have ridden Link back from Redmond to Beacon Hill in under an hour. Instead, she left work at 5pm and didn't get home until almost 7:30pm. I don't think this was uncommon yesterday. It took my brother over 30 min to drive from the Neumo's to the top of Beacon Hill last night. I've never seen the top of Beacon Hill more grid-locked. Side streets were grid-locked.
It's a good think we got more rail coming on-line, because if we didn't, then by 2027, at our current rate of growth, yesterday's commute would likely be the norm, not an anomaly.
That's why we have to keep pushing to expand things even further and faster.