Best Neighborhoods: Airport Way South, Georgetown

Between South Lucile and South Hardy streets lies our city's biker chic 'hood.
Shannon O'Leary  |   March 2011   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
Georgetown Triangle Seattle

PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE: Arty singles and employed beatniks

Sometimes the aircraft bound for Sea-Tac Airport and Boeing Field fly so low over Georgetown it seems you could reach out and tickle their bellies. If this isn’t stimulating enough, there are plenty of ground-bound attractions in this SoHo-style neighborhood, from the gracious Corson Building on its northern border to the funky Hangar Cafe, tucked slightly out of the way in a southern corner. In between are the Second Saturday Art Attack walk and a haven of diverting shops, restaurants and services.

Don't Miss:

1. Kirk Albert Vintage Furnishings
Stumped on where to nab a steel nautical locker or 9-foot-tall ICBM tips to dress up your dwelling? Not anymore. 5517 Airport Way S; 206.762.3899;

2. Stellar Pizza, Ale & Cocktails
Kid-friendly pizzeria (with half-pie option) stocked with pinball and a photo booth. 5513 Airport Way S; 206.763.1660;

3. Georgetown Arts and Cultural Center
Treat yourself to arresting exhibits and affordable workshops in an attitude-free atmosphere. 5511½ Airport Way S; 206.851.1538;

4. Susan Wheeler Home
Eye-candy furnishings and kitschy vintage signs abound. 5515 Airport Way S; 360.402.5080;

5. The Corson Building
Matt Dillon’s gracious, bucolic gourmet restaurant draws foodies from far and wide. 5609 Corson Ave. S; 206.762.3330;

6. Two Tartes Café & Catering
Delish scones, mammoth cookies and mouthwatering box lunches. 5629 Airport Way S; 206.767.8012;

7. Calamity Jane’s
Down-home offerings include shepherd’s pie, plus nightly specials. 5701 Airport Way S; 206.763.3040;

8. Full Throttle Bottles
Exhaustive list of foreign and domestic beers and wine, plus ciders, meads, handcrafted sodas and frequent tastings. 5909 Airport Way S; 206.763.2079;

9. A Dog’s Dream Natural Pet Supply
Fido will dig the natural food, and humans the doggie-washing facilities and the informed staff. 5913 Airport Way S; 206.763.1546;

jules mae georgetown10. Jules Maes Saloon & Eatery
(pictured left) It’s almost required that the lusty lamb burgers and tasty tater-tots, slicked with cheese, bacon and salsa, be washed down with a cold draft. 5919 Airport Way S; 206.957.7766;

11. Georgetown Trailer Park Mall
Come Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., when vintage campers full of groovy goods are on parade. 947 Doris St.;

12. The Mix
Cave-dark bar, a booth-lined setting for live music, art exhibits and Atari. 6006 12th Ave. S; 206.767.0280;

13. 9 LB Hammer
Free pool and peanuts, plenty of brews on tap. What more do you want? 6009 Airport Way S; 206.762.3373;

14. Smarty Pants
Looking for a good sandwich and a brewski? You found ’em! 6017 Airport Way S; 206.762.4777;
15. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Comics and graphic novels galore—and a Damage Room with deeply discounted goods—share space with vinyl great Georgetown Records. 1201 S Vale St.; 206.658.0110;

16. All City Coffee
Quality caffeine with pastry chasers. 1205 S Vale St.; 206.767.7146;

Maruta Georgetown17. Maruta Shoten Grocery
It’s a bento box and sushi-to-go bonanza, including daily discounted sushi ($2 California rolls) after 5 p.m. 1024 S Bailey St.; 206.767.5002;

18. Helle Skin Sanctuary and Salon
Danielle DeCanti created Helle as a haven from the stuffy, overwrought spa scene. Prepay for any six services and receive the seventh free. 6253 13th Ave. S; 206.767.0803;

19. Hangar Café
Justin Taft serves up breakfast and lunch in a cozy, arty space (and the local art is for sale). 6261 13th Ave. S; 206.762.0204;

New to the ’hood: The Mexican restaurant/caterer Fonda la Catrina (5905 Airport Way S; is scheduled to open this year, as is new restaurant American Pie (5631 Airport Way S).