The Results Are in and the 2010 Best of SE Seattle Winners Are…

Welcome to the third annual Best of Southeast Seattle Reader’s Choice Awards – the definitive list of who to know, where to eat and what to do in one of America’s most diverse zip codes. Big thanks to the hundreds of readers who took the time to vote their local faves!

Who To Know:

Best Artist: Anna Sher

Best Bus Driver: Anyone who drives the 7

Best Chef: Garrett Brown, Verve Bistro & Wine Bar (Columbia City)

Best Childcare Provider: Teddy Bear Cottage

Best Community Activist: (three-way tie) Gregory Davis, Mariana Quarnstrom, Mona Lee

Best Dentist: Dr. Lin, Seward Park Family Dental (Seward Park)

Best Doctor: Heather Chorley, midwife

Best Dog Walker: Randy Wade, Pet Pals

Best Massage Therapist: (two-way tie) Marnie Valenta, Margaret Lawrence

Best Pet Sitter: Randy Wade, Pet Pals

Best Police Officer: Officer Cookie Bouldin

Best Real Estate Agent: Fionnuala O’Sullivan

Best Teacher: Gina Wickstead, Aki Kurose Middle (Brighton)

Best Principal: Chris Morningstar, Graham Hill Elementary (Seward Park)

Where To Eat:

Best Breakfast: Geraldine’s Counter (Columbia City)

Best Lunch: Roy’s BBQ (Closed; formerly Columbia City)

Best Cheap Eats: Tacos El Asadero (Mt. Baker)

Best Date-Night Restaurant: La Medusa (Columbia City)

Best Take-Out Deli: PCC (Seward Park)

Best African Food: Afrikando Afrikando (Closed; formerly Hillman City)

Best Barbecue: Jones BBQ (Columbia City)

Best Caribbean Food: Island Soul (Columbia City)

Best Filipino Food: Kawali Grill (Hillman City)

Best Halal Food: Mawadda Cafe (Brighton)

Best Italian Food: Vince’s (Rainier Beach)

Best Mexican Food: Huarachitos (MLK)

Best Middle Eastern Food: Mawadda Cafe (Brighton)

Best Pho: Thien Phat (Mt. Baker)

Best Pizza: Flying Squirrel (Seward Park)

Best Taco Truck: Tacos El Asadero (Mt. Baker)

Best Teriyaki: Toshio’s Teriyaki (North Rainier)

Best Thai Food: Spice Room (Columbia City)

Best Vietnamese Food: Thien Phat (Mt. Baker)

Where To Go:

Best Bookstore: Bookworm Exchange (Columbia City)

Best Coffee Shop: Empire Espresso (Columbia City)

Best Computer Help: SP Computer Services (Columbia City)

Best Dog Park: Genesee (Genesee)

Best Dry Cleaner: Seward Park Cleaners (Seward Park)

Best Grocery Store: PCC (Seward Park)

Best Gym: Rainier Health & Fitness (Othello)

Best Happy Hour: Lottie’s Lounge (Columbia City)

Best Hardware Store: Stewart Lumber (North Rainier)

Best Library: Columbia City (Columbia City)

Best Nail Salon: Lily Nails (Genesee)

Best Playground: Seward Park (Seward Park)

Best P-Patch: Bradner Gardens (Mt. Baker)

Best Public Art: Columbia City Shovel (Columbia City)

Best Preschool: Rainier Valley Co-Op (Beacon Hill)

Best Auto Shop: Lioe’s Automotive (Beacon Hill)

Best Thing in Southeast Seattle That’s Not Included Here: Diversity

Find 2009 winners here and 2008 winners here.

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7 Comments on "The Results Are in and the 2010 Best of SE Seattle Winners Are…"

4 years 10 months ago

Listen, Spice Room, Ima let you finnish…but Thai Recipe has some of the best Thai food of ALL TIME!!

Tony Peguero
4 years 10 months ago

Check you out Brotha! Making things work for the community and yourself also. I love your principles. Keep up the great work. Just to hear it from me, I have had the best experience ever from you regarding my home computer. I recommend you to anyone needing assistance.


4 years 10 months ago

A big Thank You to all of you who voted and to all of you we have had the pleasure of providing computer services that are customer-focused. We are in the business of being there when your computer or networking needs arise. A special Thank You to all of the residents and businesses in Rainier Valley for your “family-friendly” support.
– “Stop, Shop and Play…..Local” – SP Computer Services

Gina Wickstead
4 years 11 months ago

This was such a fantastic surprise, especially since I teach with so many wonderful and diligent teachers, backed by a hard working and amazing administration. Thank you to those who voted and to The Rainer Valley Post for recognizing teachers. I really appreciate your confidence and support.

4 years 11 months ago

20.Best African Food: Afrikando Afrikando

This restaurant is no more.

Detective (Officer) Cookie Bouldin
4 years 11 months ago

What a wonderful surprise to see my name amoung quite a few of my favorites. I want to take the time to say thank you to all the people who voted for me as their favorite police officer / detective. I enjoy my job, but most of all I really enjoy the people I come into contact with. I give my heart to our community and youth, they all are very special and must be given the opportunity to shine. This article in the Rainier Valley Post has made my day. Thank you so much.
Detective “Cookie”

Mark B
4 years 11 months ago

Nice, I see quite a few of my favorites on here.