A La Bonne Franquette puts an underdog Seattle neighborhood on the culinary map.

South of Leschi and north of Columbia City, the Mt. Baker neighborhood is an oft-ignored bleak patch in Seattleā€™s “Technicolor Dreamquilt” dining scene. Case in point: there is a pizza joint with pies that taste like they come from a mall and a thicket of toddlers underfoot so dense you feel like drunk Bigfoot bushwhacking through them to the register.