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Welcome to our first round of #SoNorthwest Awards! Ready to start casting your votes and nominating? Here the first category: Best Outdoor Spaces. (Image: Sy Bean / Seattle Refined)

#SoNorthwest Awards: What's the Best Restaurant Outdoor Space?

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 need your help! We want you to nominate your favorite summer *fill in the blank* in five different categories we’ll be announcing every day this week. Submit your nominations in any way you’d like: email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, passenger pigeon – you name it. We’ll be logging each and every vote, and the winners will be announced the week of July 24th.

First category is where ALL of our heads are at, starting around 3 p.m. on a sunny weekday:

Best Outdoor Spaces!

What we mean by this, is where do you go when you want to grab a drink/bite AND sit outside to enjoy the weather? We're talking eateries with a phenomenal patio, deck, rooftop, etc. Summer equates to frequent happy hours and when the weather is nice, finding a lovely outdoor area to soak up the sun in is what everyone is looking for.

We like to think we know it all – but, in reality we know we don’t! So, readers! Where is the best outdoor location to take in some rays?!

Remember, it's super easy to nominate your pick. Email us (, write on our Facebook page, send us a tweet, use #SoNorthwestAwards on Instagram - heck, you can even call us at 206-404-3044 if you want!

Stay tuned all week for new categories!