Fall for Columbia City, Washington

In Seattle's Rainier Valley, a neighborhood enjoys its rapid rise from dumpy to desirable

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Columbia City is 4½ miles southeast of downtown Seattle. Its main commercial artery is Rainier Ave. S. between S. Alaska and S. Hudson Streets.


Columbia City Cinema A funky old Masonic temple gets a 21st-century facelift: a 30-foot-wide screen showing first-run films with digital surround sound. INFO: $8; 4816 Rainier Ave. S.; 206/721-3156.

Columbia City Farmers Market October is your last chance for heirloom apples and wild mushrooms, pasture-raised meats, and artisanal baked goods. INFO: 3-7 Wed through Oct 31; 4801 Rainier Ave. S.; 206/547-2278.


Geraldine's Counter A mod-meets-Americana diner with comfort-food fixings. INFO: $$; closed Mon; 4872 Rainier Ave. S.; 206/723-2080.

Roy's BBQ Don't let the skinny digs and slim menu fool you. Flavor bursts from these smoky sandwiches. Pulled pork and beef brisket are our faves. INFO: $; closed Sun; 4903½ Rainier Ave. S.; 206/723-7697.

Columbia City Bakery Some of the best baked goods in the city in a cheerful orange-and-mint-green shop. INFO: Closed Mon; 4865 Rainier Ave. S.; 206/723-6023.




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