This time of year I am positively obsessed with year end lists! Here is Kim's Favorites and Not-so-much Favorites for 2009 in the Tacoma-South Sound (Gritty style):
Favorite restaurant: Asado (always delivers)
Favorite Grocery Store: U.P. Fred Meyer, Trader Joes, Met Market at Proctor
Favorite Friendly stores: Posh Home, Envy, Trader Joes, Met Market at Proctor, Teaching Toys
Favorite Coffee Shop: Forza (West Side locations)
Favorite Health Food: Trader Joes in University Place
Favorite Women's Boutique: Jasminka (R.I.P.)
Favorite Pet Store: Wags, Pets 'n' Pals
Favorite Vet: Chambers Creek Vet, Lakewood
Favorite Fast Food: Taco Del Mar, Taco Time
Favorite Bars: Asado, Pacific Grill
Favorite Hairdresser: Aura Mae, Azarra Hair and Wine
Favorite Pub Grub: Harmon Brewery
Favorite Local Beer: Point Defiance IPA (at Harmon)
Favorite Parks: Point Defiance, Wright (urban parks at their best)
Favorite Streets: Pacific Avenue, 26th and Proctor, All of 6th Ave.
Favorite Museums: Museum of Glass, Tacoma
Favorite place to look at water: Chambers Bay, Ruston Way, the Purdy bridge
Favorite Downtown Views: The "glass" showcase bridge over the train tracks that connect from the Museum of Glass to Union Station
Favorite people watching place: La Fondita restaurant, window seats, on Proctor on Farmer's Market Saturday
Favorite Comeback Kid Restaurant: Maxwell's Speakeasy (you've been redeemed and I love you again).
Favorite Sunday drive: Key Pen Hwy to Longbranch
Okay, my pen's dipped in poison ink now. Here comes the Worsts.
Worst Restaurant: Primo Grill. I am still mad at you. A certain manager was very mean. I am not forgetting this.
Worst Streets: Old Town, your cobblestone streets are quaint looking, but they STINK. Bumpy, broken, narrow, and HELL on ice. Tacoma, you gotta fix these are we are going to break our cars!
Worst Stores: Big huge mega chains and Costco (can't stand Costco--it's overwhelming and harried).
Worst Season: November through January. It's all about the weather folks. My S.A.D. kicks in.
Worst part of downtown Tacoma: No freakin' grocery stores in the heart of downtown. Not cool for all the folks that live there that have to drive forever to get to one.
Worst Place for Litter: My own flippin' main street near my home in U.P. Pick up your trash and stop chucking stuff out of the window neighborhood! And clean up your dog doo!
Worst Place to get stuck in traffic: All entrances to Hwy 16 and I-5, S. 38th St. by the mall, Bridgeport Way, Pacific Avenue, and 56th St.
Worst feature at the local Farmer's markets: Folks that make balloon animals. Sorry, but these are a waste of money, last too short of a time and is a choking hazard for the littlest children.
Worst Local Event: The Puyallup Fair. I am a fair hater--too expensive for what you get and too crowded. Go ahead readers and feel free to rake me over the coals for that one--I expect it (and I won't change).
Worst Sad Looking place: Spots on South Tacoma Way. Seems, sad, worn-out gray, too much concrete, cheap signs, and boring stuff. I'll be curious to see how the S. Tacoma farmer's market coming this spring will perk the place up.
Worst Place to park: anywhere around TG and St. Joe's.
Worst and scariest hill: the twisty, can't see around the corner hill of about 49th and Ferdinand down to Ruston Way.
Worst hill for your car: 30th (a nightmare for your brakes)
Worst speed trap: 56th and Cedar, anywhere in Fircrest, select spots in Lakewood.
I am very certain that readers/bloggers, you have your own lists, can concur (or better disagree!) with mine, and can think of even more categories.
Tag, you guys are it! Let's hear it.