Best of 2008: Georgetown

Georgetown captured the attention of Seattleites like no other neighborhood this year. A handful of

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Georgetown captured the attention of Seattleites like no other neighborhood this year. A handful of bars, restaurants, shops and festivals have made it a popular destination for the first time since, well, we can’t remember that far back. Sprawled between I-5 to the east, the Duwamish to the west, with the train tracks and Boeing Field marking its northern and southern boundaries, this neighborhood, with its salty history of beer, bars and brothels, has a rebellious streak. A study in contradiction, Georgetown is a blend of serene residential streets and a loyal artistic community with trucks, motorcycles, trains and airplane noise. As old buildings are demolished and new townhouses built, its vocal denizens fight to keep the gritty charm of Georgetown intact.

                                                                                      
A bar on one side and family-friendly dining on the other, Stellar Pizza (5513 Airport Way Blvd. S; 206.763.1660) serves up signature pies in a rock ’n’ roll atmosphere. Matt Dillon (of Sitka & Spruce) creates culinary magic at The Corson Building (5609 Corson Ave. S; 206.762.3330). The unpretentious Two Tartes Bakery (5629 Airport Way S; 206.767.8012) makes a mean white chocolate raspberry scone. Quirky Calamity Jane’s (5701 Airport Way S; 206.763.3040) charges exactly $9.37 for shepherd’s pie. Housed in Georgetown’s oldest brick building, Jules Maes (5919 Airport Way S; 206.957.7766) is famous for its chicken-fried steak. Enjoy exquisite coffee while sitting at a repurposed driftwood table at All City Coffee (1205 S Vale St.; 206.767.7146), Georgetown’s central hub. Local pizza chain Via Tribunali (6005 12th Ave. S; 206.464.2880) brings a touch of Naples to the heart of Georgetown. Go big and order the Pit Boss sandwich at Smarty Pants (6017 Airport Way S; 206.762.4777), featuring both ham and bacon. Maruta Shoten (1024 S Bailey St.; 206.767.5002) is a fully stocked Asian grocery with deliciously affordable takeout at lunch. Slim’s Last Chance Chili Shack and Watering Hole (5606 First Ave. S; 206.762.7990) is home to the tasty chili cheese Kobe dog. Pig Iron BBQ (5602 First Ave. S; 206.768.1009) serves up succulent slow-cooked barbeque alongside Mason jars of sweet tea.

Spruce up your décor with a swanky something from Revival Home and Garden (5515 Airport Way S; 206.763.3886). Great Stuff Vintage Furnishing (5517 Airport Way S; 206.931.6208) carries eclectic vintage pieces for the home, like an ornate wooden column from the 1906 Lewis and Clark Exhibition. Aficionados of midcentury furniture and Americana kitsch will flip for the estate-sale finds at Fruit Cocktail Collectibles (1210 S Bailey St.; 206.6