Bite of Seattle

This weekend’s Bite of Seattle introduces a new, recession-friendly attraction, Just a Bite!, offering smaller (two- to three-ounce) servings for $3.75. Discount vendors near the International Fountain will include Kaosamai Thai, Thrive, and MoBatta Crepes to Go. The Bite claims that a diet-conscious public demanded the svelter portions, but we suspect the economy is more of a factor. Those with fatter wallets and fuller purses can wander elsewhere to sample dishes from over 50 local restaurants (Biringer Farms, Bombay Grill, etc.), which—based on past experience—approach $10 per diner when you add a drink. ($7 is this year’s stated top price.) Beer gardens and wine tastings are part of the fun, and 150 music and comedy acts are promised on six different stages scattered around Seattle Center. Parents will be relieved to know there’s a play area with special karaoke zone. As usual, there will be a special Tom Douglas-branded area that costs a flat $10 to come in and graze from upscale eateries including Volterra and Dahlia Lounge. But $3.75 is the number for me. BRITT THORSON

Fri., July 17, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., July 18, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., July 19, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 2009

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