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Fauntleroy / Arbor Heights

Essentials
Fauntleroy Way, the street from which this area gets its name, is basically the "Gateway to Vashon," with its direct route to the ferry terminal through quaint, garden-lush, old neighborhoods bordering Lincoln Park. Arbor Heights and communities east of Fauntleroy, including White Center, reflect populations struggling to keep afloat as well as young families who can't afford to live closer to the water or in one of Seattle's pricier, more central neighborhoods.

Sundries/Entertainment
Not much nightlife around these parts, but when you're done shopping at Westwood Town Center, Mother Nature can show you a spectacular time at Lincoln Park. A labyrinth of easy trails lead to a saltwater community pool and wild beaches. Just up from the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal at the park's south entrance, See more.

>Endolyne Joe's offers a divine, ever-changing menu. Salvadorean Bakery is beyond delicious and 88 Restaurant offers fat bahn mi and fragrant pho. If you really need a beer, dive right in with the colorful locals at The Tug Inn.




         



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Posted By:  Ingrid Mattson
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Roxbury Lanes
Seattle bowlers face a serious crisis: Leilani Lanes closed recently after 44 years in business, Sunset Bowl closed this year after 51 years in business, and new, hip (read: needlessly expensive) places are filling the void, like Garage Bowling on Capitol Hill. What's a character-seeking, cheap bowling enthusiast to do? My recommendation: Roxbury Lanes. Tucked away in White Center, virtually next door to the West Seattle Planned Parenthood, Roxbury Lanes has a casino, there's rarely a wait for a lane even on weekends, and parking is plentiful. An oddity that I truly appreciate after several pitchers of beer is the "Asian & American Food Restaurant." I also enjoy the pony ride, video arcade, pull tabs, and lane bumpers to ensure I always hit at least one pin. Not gonna lie--I'm not exactly a skilled bowler despite what the guests at my last several birthdays here say.




Posted By:  Ingrid Mattson
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Endolyne Joe's
I want to like this place. The food is pretty good, they have a rotating menu in addition to the standard, and I like that it's located near the West Seattle Ferry (pickings are slim in this area). But of the half dozen times I've been here, the service has sucked. It's not that they forget orders or get them wrong--I get that sometimes waitstaff gets busy and overwhelmed. Instead, it's like my table severely inconveniences the waitstaff by ordering food. I realize it's lame of me to ruin their evening by paying them to bring me food, but really! I've regularly been enticed by the incredible sounding desserts and been more than willing to rack up my bill with extra cocktails, but when no one comes to your table for a full 30 minutes after you've eaten and then just drops off the check, it's kind of hard to see any reason to continue giving this place a try.



Posted By:  Ingrid Mattson
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Zippy's Giant Burgers
Secret sauce, American cheese, and iceberg lettuce have never been much of a draw for me, but with lines out the door and friends regularly stopping by to extol the virtues of this place, I had to give Zippy's a try. I don't think mayonnaise is special, nor is it much of a secret. But somehow when a restaurant writes the word "sauce" behind those adjectives and mixes in relish or mustard, it achieves a more hallowed place on the condiment list. Zippy's mayonnaise derivative is of the secret sauce variety, slathered all over their burgers and soaking into the bun, and it's pretty mind-blowing. If you're not into the traditional burger thing, try the No. 11 with mama lil's spicy goat horn peppers, smoky chipotle mayo, iceberg lettuce, and a blend of jack and smoked cheese. The black bean burgers are also phenomenal... perhaps it's that whole made-from-scratch thing. Skip the onion rings--they're mushy and disappointing--but definitely order the fries and wash them down with one of thirty-two kinds of soda.



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Tug Inn
I don't know who Uncle Hal is, but he sure knows how to gussy up a joint. Throw down some shag carpeting, piece it together with duct tape, add a leg lamp and some sagging flea market furniture--this old gal cleans up good. Mini pitchers of PBR (that's Pabst Blue Ribbon to all you non-hipsters) and pull tabs give the Tug that extra somethin' somethin'. Good old American sports dominate from a flat screen TV that's most definitely worth more than the bar itself. PBR is already cheap enough, but if you're a card carrying AARP member, you can enjoy fifty cent beers every Wednesday during Senior Happy Hour. Who doesn't like to see Grandpa half in the bag? This place is just like a dive bar died and went to heaven.



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Full Tilt Ice Cream
I love finding cool things no one else knows about. Did you know there's an ice cream parlor arcade, smack in the middle of White Center? And I mean smack in the middle, next to "Evolucion," the hot hot hot latino dance club. Bright green walls, a line of pinball and old school Atari and NES games (including Dig Dug and Mortal Kombat 2), and some of the best ice cream in the city. They make it all themselves, even crazy flavors like mexican chocolate, mango chili, and birthday cake (with real pieces of birthday cake and frosting smushed in). They also make paletas, ice cream on a stick the old fashioned mexican way. And the topper? They'll cook up your waffle cone on the spot, they have a little waffle iron and everything. Bands every friday night, punk rock of course.



Posted By:  Sara Dow
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Bird On A Wire Espresso
In a city that's swimming in coffee shops, Arbor Heights is like the desert. There's a Starbucks in Westwood Village, but no true Seattleite would buy anything from Howard Schulz after what he did to the Sonics. Bird on a Wire is a godsend. It is a tiny little place---as you stand in line you almost fall in the laps of the people at the next table---but they pull a mean espresso. They serve "Raven's Brew," a small batch roasted coffee that comes out of Alaska, have an assortment of pastries, and will ice anything you like. But what really sets them apart is the neighborliness of it all. After you go once, they'll remember you. Hell, it's so small even the people at the next table will remember you.



Posted By:  Ingrid Mattson
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McLendon Hardware
McLendon's is the hardware store of yore: if you're in the market for hard-to-find plumbing or electrical parts or need a good referral to someone who can fix whatever's going wrong in your house, the folks at McLendon's are at the ready. They really know their stuff. Don't know about you, but lately when I've gone to my local big box hardware store/home improvement warehouse, I can't find what I need and--even more agonizing--I can't find anyone who can help me or has any idea what I'm talking about. Go into McLendon's with no idea how to fix your [fill in the blank with any mind-numbing house problem], and they'll give you free useful advice. Plus, despite the local, hometown feel of the place, you're not paying a ton extra to feel like you're doing the progressive, Seattle-y thing.



Posted By:  Ingrid Mattson
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Sea Mart
Seamart is a sketchy freakshow. When I first moved to the neighborhood, the place weirded me out and I declined to give it a try. But when you need beer at the drop of a hat and the nearest grocery store is three miles away, you really open up to things you never thought you'd try. Putting off Seamart was one of the great mistakes of my life. It has all the standards you'd expect from a funky corner store (giant cans of Budweiser and Natural Ice, 40s of Schlitz), but they also carry an exceptional selection of Belgian brews, IPAs, heretofore unknown local selections, and other exotic fare. What's more, you can make your own six pack mix and get 10 percent off that self-made creation. Not the place to go if you need grocery staples like flour or sugar, but if you're in the market for beer, Swisher Sweets, or lotto tickets, don't make the same mistake I made putting off the instant gratification that is Seamart.




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