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Belltown Messenger #75 - January 2010

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Beltown Bravo Awards

SEAFOOD PAELLA satisfies at Belltownĺ─˘s Taberna del Alabardero.

Time once again to announce the winners of our annual citations for bravery in the face of adversity, also known as the Belltown Bravo Awards.

Best efforts (promotions, service, etc), tie: Taberna del Alabardero. From paella to cochinillo, Paco Pena and his crew try harder than anyone; Steelhead Diner Kevin Davis does it all, from Bristol Bay sockeye to an all-local wine list.

Best new restaurant (tie): Mistral Kitchen (Westlake), Toulouse Petit (Lower Queen Anne), Cicchetti (Eastlake)

Best bar: Tini Bigs, open literally every day for the past 13 years.

Worst opening: Ventana. Empty as a drum. (Help is on the way, however; Tamara Wilson PR is going to start putting butts into Ventana’s seats.)

Worst pizza joint: Vela. Look, we know it’s really a nightclub, not a pizzeria, but that’s what the liquor license says.

Worst name for a restaurant: Blush, where Whym (previous worst name) used to be.

Best news: Dave Meinert & Mandy Park buying the 5 Point.

Worst news: Carolin Messier and Joseba Jimenez de Jimenez getting a divorce. Will Txori survive?

Places we’ll miss: Saito.

Places we wouldn’t mind missing: Wann Izakaya, Wasabi Bistro, Kushibar, Bambino’s Pizza.

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