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Ray's Boathouse (Image courtesy of Ray's)

The Best Restaurant Outdoor Space winner is...

Welcome to our first iteration of the #SoNorthwest Awards! Even though we are literally in the business of everything PNW-related, it doesn’t mean we can come close to knowing all our beautiful region has to offer. In fact, so many of our stories focus on things we’ve learned from YOU, our viewers and readers! You are our muse, you have your finger on the pulse of this city – and we just listen. So, we asked for your help in nominating your favorite summer *fill in the blank* in five different categories. And boy, did you deliver! We got tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram, emails, and even a phone call! And while there were dozens of nominees, there could only be one winner.

This week we will be announcing the winners for our summer edition of the #SoNorthwest Awards. First up - the winner for the Best Restaurant Outdoor Space is...

Ray's Boathouse & Cafe!

Ray's Boathouse is a Seattle staple, and sits on the shores of Shilshole Bay. Not only is the food fantastic, but the outdoor patio is truly a gem, boasting beautiful views of the bay, passing boats, kayakers, SUP'ers...the list goes on and on! Although Ray's humble beginnings can be traced back to 1945 when Ray Lichtenberger opened a coffeehouse, Ray's has since become both a fine dining and causal eatery with unbeatable views. It's no surprise that Ray's takes the cake for the Best Restaurant Outdoor Space!

Thanks for sending in your votes! We couldn't make these awards happen with all of you. Stay tuned for tomorrow's category: Best Summer Cocktail!

For more history on Ray's Boathouse visit their website.