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A Neighborhood Guide to White Center

White Center is a neighborhood brimming with character and amazing locales all around. Whether it's a world class burger you're after, solid Mexican street food or a good old fashioned lap around the roller rink, White Center is full of spots to spend a weekend afternoon.

Read on for our six favorite hangs in the hood.

Southgate Roller Rink
Roll through the doors and prepare to be transported through time - and space if you're not very good on your feet. This super throwback affair is resplendent with a 21+ carpeted bar in the back, arcade games and a glowing disco ball that is sure to provide the perfect backdrop to a weekend you won't soon forget. Come through on the second Wednesday of every month for skate-a-raoke, which is exactly what it sounds like - an action-packed marriage of two of the greatest things in life. $10 gets you through the door from 8:30p -12:30a to sing and skate your heart out.

Taqueria La Fondita #2
This stationary food truck purveys some of the finest carnitas in all the land. About as authentic (whatever that even means today) as it comes in this part of the world, the menu here is expansive and will keep you coming back for more. The best part? If you're vegetarian, they have tons of solid options. Cheap and super fast, you literally can't ask more of a taco truck.

Full Tilt
Full Tilt's original location in beautiful scenic White Center features a jam-packed arcade and a strong selection of unique flavors that will be sure to deliver on the summer time vibes. Spring for the ube (a wonderfully purple and sweet root) if you're looking to try something a little different and new. The flavors here rotate periodically, so drop in to try your hand at something new.

Dubsea Coffee
This hip and sun-drenched cafe off 8th Avenue is the perfect spot for a morning pick-me-up or small treat. Decked out with local art and an indelibly modern vibe, Dubsea serves Stumptown beans, which makes for cardamom latte that will knock your socks off.

Zippy's Giant Burgers
Zippy's doesn't mess around when it comes to burgers. Full of knickknacks and tchotchkes galore, this whimsical fast-food spot is the stuff of a burger-lovers dream. Put in your order and if you're lucky, you might even nab a spot next to the adorable burger and french fry mural at this popular neighborhood spot. Bonus points go to this spot for having the greatest of all time arcade games: Ms. Pacman and Burger Time.

Salvadorean Bakery and Restaurant
Do yourself a favor and order yourself a pupusa or three when you come through this no frills mom and pop bakery. The national dish of El Salvador, pupusas are essentially a cornmeal tortilla filled with meat, cheese, beans or whatever else your heart desires. Other items not to be missed at this beloved bakery: the tamales, caramel flan and Salvadorean cookies and sweet bread.


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