Best Neighborhoods: Airport Way South, Georgetown

Between South Lucile and South Hardy streets lies our city's biker chic 'hood.

By Seattle Mag February 8, 2011


This article originally appeared in the March 2011 issue of Seattle magazine.

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).


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