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Best of 2009, #11) Place
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The best place. A coffee shop? A pub? A retreat center? A cubicle? A nook?

No brainer: Bedlam Coffee! I had seen the sign a few days previous to my first official visit (I think I was drunk and then I promptly forgot about the fact that it existed until Kellianne and I saw it again on our walk home from dinner somewhere). But from that first visit, I recognized the place for what it is: a neighborhood shop run by creative neighborhood-loving guys. Warm, welcoming, always changing, delicious coffee and toast, etc.

They're involved in making our little corner of Belltown better. They support local businesses, they cover you when you don't have enough cash, they show art, they have free wifi, they're 2 blocks from my house, and more and more there always seems to be a few people that I know just hanging out or working from there.

Weird that I chose a coffee shop as my favorite place of 2009. If it were a bar, I'd choose Bathtub Gin, a few blocks away, of course. If it were a restaurant... hmm... probably Tavolata. I guess I'm really into my little 3 block radius this year, which isn't too surprising. Go Belltown!