Sodo originally "South of the Dome", referring to the now-demolished Kingdome; to keep some sense in the name, it is sometimes explained now as "South of Downtown". Georgetown picks up from Sodo somewhere around Spokane street and extends South to Boeing Field It's easy to brush these neighborhoods as just the industrial parts of town with only the Costco on 4th Ave being a destination, but these are districts not without their own sense of style. Amid the warehouses and ubiquitous fast food joints there are some great restaurants, coffee houses and funky taverns. There is even a world class museum.
There are many entry points into Sodo and Georgetown. Taking the Michigan/Corson exit off of I-5 will take you right into the heart of the Georgetown.
Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way South (near Boeing Field), ☎ +1 206 764-5720, . The name tells you right away whether you personally will find this interesting; at minimum, it will get you inside on a rainy day. The collection includes 131 aircraft and spacecraft ranging from wood and fabric crates to the SR-71 and, parked right in the front parking lot, a sleek Concorde. Don't bonk the landing gear with your car door!Adults $14.00, youths (5-17) $7.50, children (4 and under) free. Lower rates are available for groups over 10, see website for more details. Admission is free the first Thursday evening of every month from 5PM until 9PM.
Western Bridge, 3412 4th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134, ☎ (206) 838-7444, . While it may seem a odd location for a modern art gallery, amid the light industrial and retail sprawl the makes up the bulk of Sodo and a stone's throw away from Qwest and Safeco fields, perhaps it isn't after all. They make great use of warehouse they came to occupy, never changing anything to take away from the fact it is a warehouse. They host museum quality exhibits and, especially for this neighborhood, a unique, cultural outing.
Hallava Falafel, 5825 Airport Way S Seattle, WA 98108 (between Homer St & Doris St), ☎ (206) 307-4769. Tue-Thu. 11 AM - 7 PM Fr 11AM to 10PM. From a small, even by cantina truck standards, school bus yellow van Hallava serves up some helluva good falafel as well as shwarma, for those who want to get their carnivore on.
Stellar Pizza & Ale, 5513 Airport Way S. Seattle, WA 98108, ☎ (206) 763-1660, . Mon 11AM-11PM, Tues-Fri 11am-midnight, Sat 3PM-midnight & Sunday 3PM-11PM. A hip, fun and boisterous pizza joint that produces some seriously good pies. Don't overlook the appetizers, the Hummus Platter is particularly good. They have some decent sandwiches and salads, too. Has a full bar with several beers on tap and a reasonable wine list.
Chelan Cafe, 3527 Chelan Ave SW Seattle, WA 98106, ☎ (206) 932-7383. Famous for their rib-sticking breakfasts, The Chelan is your basic family diner with legions of fans. Their Eggs Benedict is very popular and they have great pancakes, too.
Smarty Pants, 6017 Airport Way S. Seattle, WA 98108, ☎ (206) 762-4777, . Mon-Thurs 11AM-2AM, Fri-Sat 10AM-2AM & Sun 10AM-3PM. While their slogan Beer, Booze and Grub just about says it all, it's the sandwiches that are the main attraction. From a list of fifteen there are many choices to tempt you. The Rueben is very good, indeed and their grilled cheese is a solid rendition on a classic. They are quick to make substitutions for vegetarians. Full Bar and brunch on Fri, Sat & Sun.
Pig Iron Bar-B-Q, 5602 1st Ave S. Seattle, WA 98108, ☎ (206) 768-1009, . Tu-Fr 11AM-8PM, Sat 12PM-8PM. A busy lunch spot on weekdays. The Pig offers up some great 'Que', the brisket is especially good, with your choice of sauce on the side. Don't overlook the sides including jalapeno/spinach casserole and cornbread stuffing, as well as the more traditional slaw, potato salad and some seriously good beans. Full bar.
Slim's Last Chance Chili Shack & Watering Hole, 5606 1st Ave S Seattle, WA 98108, ☎ (206) 762-7900, . Mo - Fr 11AM to 2AM, Sat noon to 2 AM. Slim's has cultivated a roadhouse decor and feel. Featured on an episode of Guy Fieri's Diner's, Drive-ins and Dives on Food Network. Chili is the star attraction and they offer several varieties; Texas Red, Brisket and Bean, Chili Verde and Turkey White Bean. Just as with their counterparts at the Pig Iron next door, don't ignore the sides (jalapeno mac & cheese, white cheddar grits, oh my!). They also feature live music. 21 and older only.
Skillet, Edgar Martinez Dr S & Occidental Ave S, . Tu 11AM - 2PM. Skillet makes its way around the greater Seattle area (check website for locations), but on Tuesdays it blesses Sodo with its lunch offerings. Call it roach coach chic, these are not you typical cantina truck offerings; fennel roasted pork sammy, grilled chicken with lemon zested cous cous and that Montreal staple poutine, fries covered in gravy and topped with cheese.
Pecos Pit BBQ, 2260 1st Ave S Seattle, WA 98134 (Across from Starbuck's Corporate Building), ☎ (206) 623-0629, . Mo - Fr 11AM to 3PM. Brave the long lines for one of the best pulled pork sandwiches in town. This is a very popular Sodo lunch spot for local workers, so going after 1:30 PM might lessen your wait. From their ordering window they offer different degrees of heat in their sauces, be forwarned; their hot is hot! 'Spike it' if you want a sausage link with your sandwich. Know what you want before it's your turn, so you don't hold up the rest of the line. Make sure that you get a fork and plenty of napkins, you're going to need them.
Dona Queen Donut & Deli, 2445 4th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134 (Next to Arby's), ☎ (206) 622-5127, . Mo - Sa 4:30 AM to 4:30 PM. This quiet, unassuming mom and pop place, quite simply has the best doughnuts in town. While Krispy Kreme and Top Pot get all the hype, Dona Queen consistently produces a great selection of raised and cake doughnuts; the maple bars are fantastic! And as if that weren't enough, they offer a full array of breakfast and lunch items as well as Korean specialities.
Marination Mobile, Mon;1701 First Ave. South Seattle, WA Fri;Edgar Martinez Dr S & Occidental Ave S Seattle, WA, . Mon/ Fri 11am – 2pm. Yet another cantina truck, with a cuisine all their own; a cross between Korean and Hawaiian(Kalbi Beef, Spicy Pork, Miso Ginger chicken and Kimchi) mostly served in a corn tortilla for excellent portability. Oh, and of course, Spam is represented on the menu! Marination Mobile is new to the scene having started operations in July '09, but have been posting their trials and tribulations since early spring. The also suggest that you follow them on Twitter for updates.
Hangar Cafe, 6261 13th Ave S Seattle, WA 98108, ☎ (206) 762-0204, . Mon-Fri. 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Sat/Sun 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. A former residence across from Boeing Field has been transformed into a tiny restaurant specializing in Brunch. They are famous for their crepes and their Bloody Marys, although their small menu has a good variety of other breakfast and lunch items to choose from.
Hudson, 5000 E Marginal Way S Seattle, WA 98134, ☎ (206) 767-4777, . Mo - Fr 7 AM to 10 PM, Sat 8 AM to 10 PM & Sun 8 AM to 3PM. A new restaurant from the owners of Smarty Pants. Hudson is a contemporary America restaurant with a heavily Southern influence; Pulled Pork omelette, Spicy shrimp and grits. Has a full bar and some good happy hour specials, $1 cans of PBR, anyone?
Jules Maes Saloon, 5919 Airport Way S. Seattle, WA 98108, ☎ (206) 957-7766. Closed on Sunday. Fans of tater tots unite! Jules Mae is a happening bar in Georgetown and a popular venue for live music on weekends. Their food is a couple notches above standard bar fare.
Marco Polo Bar & Grill, 5613 4th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98108, ☎ (206) 762-3964. A long-time Sodo institution, The Marco Polo embodies all that you expect from a working class bar, a variety of good, cold beer served in chilled glasses, stiff, reasonably priced mixed drinks and some cheap, fried food to sop up all that booze. Their pressure fried chicken is the stuff of local legend.
Pyramid Alehouse, 1201 First Avenue South Seattle, WA 98134 (Across from Safeco Field), ☎ (206) 682-3377, . Mo - Th 11AM to 10PM, Fr/Sa 11AM to 11PM & Su 11AM to 9PM. Strategically located across from Quest and Safeco fields, Pyramid Alehouse is very popular indeed, especially on game nights. They specialize in their own microbrews, although, at this point they are a pretty big brewery. They offer the classics, with their excellent Hefeweizen and IPA as well as some rotating seasonal varities. Food is your typical pub grub; burgers, sandwiches and fried food. They do offer a selection of salads and other light fare to round out the menu. 21 and older only.
9 lb Hammer, 6009 Airport Way S Seattle, WA 98108, ☎ (206) 762-3373, . Mon-Sun. 5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.. An unpretentious. laid back bar. Nobody has tapped into the Georgetown vibe more than the 9 lb Hammer. Dimly lit and cavernous, it's a good place to hangout with friends. While it's quiet early in the week, Friday & Saturday can get very busy.
The Siren Tavern, 3403 4th Ave S Seattle, WA 98134, ☎ (206) 223-9167. A working-class bar that has stayed true to its roots. Juke Box, pool tables, dart boards and plenty of beer on tap. Who could ask for anything more?
Qwest Field, 800 Occidental Ave S Seattle, WA 98134, ☎ (206) 381-7555, . Home to Seattle's beloved Seahawks and Sounders, Qwest Field is an impresive open air sports arena with great views beyond the goal posts.
Safeco Field, 1250 1st Ave S Seattle, WA 98134, ☎ (206) 346-4287, . The 'Safe' hosts the Seattle Mariners home stands and is a beautiful ballpark. Stretch your legs and walk around, there's a lot to see. Marvel at the engineering of the retractable roof or check out the wide variety of food available from vendors.
Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave S Seattle, WA 98104, . Sister venue to the origional Showbox across from Pike Place Market, Showbox SoDo offers a variety of live music acts, check website for upcoming events. There is also food, of the burger and pizza variety and drinks available from the lounge.