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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.

Get in

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.

See

  • Museum of Flight, 9404 East Marginal Way South (near Boeing Field), +1 206 764-5720, [1]. 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, [2]. Th-Sa 12PM-6PM. 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. Admission is free..

Do

  • Qwest Field, 800 Occidental Ave S, +1 206 381-7555, [3]. 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
  • Safeco Field, 1250 1st Ave S, +1 206 346-4287, [4]. Safeco Field, home to the Seattle Mariners, is one of the finest ballparks in the country. Right field bleacher seats enjoy a panoramic view of downtown and Elliott Bay, and the stadium offers anything from traditional ballbark dogs and macrobrews to fine gourmet fare and local beers. There couldn't be a better way to spend a summer evening in Seattle.

Buy

Eat

Budget

  • Dona Queen Donut & Deli, 2445 4th Ave S (Next to Arby's), +1 206 622-5127, [5]. M-Sa 4:30AM-4:30PM. 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.
  • Hallava Falafel, 5825 Airport Way S (between Homer St & Doris St), (206) 307-4769. Tu-Th 11AM-7PM, F 11AM-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.
  • Marination Mobile, (Mondays) 1701 First Ave S, (Fri) Edgar Martinez Dr S & Occidental Ave S, [6]. 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.
  • Pecos Pit BBQ, 2260 1st Ave S (Across from Starbuck's Corporate Building), +1 206 623-0629, [7]. M-F 11AM-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 1:30PM might lessen your wait. From their ordering window they offer different degrees of heat in their sauces, be forewarned: 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.
  • Skillet, Edgar Martinez Dr S and Occidental Ave S (multiple locations), [8]. Tu 11AM-2PM. Skillet makes its way around the greater Seattle area, 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 couscous and that Montreal staple poutine, fries covered in gravy and topped with cheese.
  • SODO Deli, 3228 1st Ave S. (Between Horton & Hanford), 206-467-0306, [9]. 7AM-10PM M-F, 5-9PM Sat. "A Sandwich the Size of Your Head" This Mom & Pop sandwich shop makes HUGE sandwiches to feed the hard working people who work around the Seattle waterfront. Specialties are: Italian Meat Trio (Ham, Pepperoni & Salami loaded with veggies on a Pub Roll), a Reuben, and Tim's Way Meatloaf $8-$10.
  • The Squid and Ink [10], 1128 S Albro Pl (Georgetown). Amazing all vegan, mostly wheat-free food with mock seafood theme.

Mid-Range

  • 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.
  • Hangar Cafe, 6261 13th Ave S Seattle, WA 98108, (206) 762-0204, [11]. 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, [12]. 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?
  • Pig Iron Bar-B-Q, 5602 1st Ave S. Seattle, WA 98108, (206) 768-1009, [13]. 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, [14]. 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.
  • Smarty Pants, 6017 Airport Way S. Seattle, WA 98108, (206) 762-4777, [15]. 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.
  • Stellar Pizza & Ale, 5513 Airport Way S. Seattle, WA 98108, (206) 763-1660, [16]. 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.

Splurge

  • The Corson Building, 5609 Corson Ave S Seattle, WA 98108, (206) 762-3330, [17]. Dinner Wed - Sun 6:30 PM to 10 PM, Brunch Sun 9:30 AM to 2 PM. The Corson Building is trying very hard to develop a rural setting in a very urban surrounding. This is a very Chef inspired and driven restaurant and your only opportunity for fine dining in Georgetown. Dinner is served at certain times (check website) and at communal tables. You generally get to choose between two entrees and are left to the devices of the chef for the rest of the meal which is served 'family style' on large platters and/or in bowls passed between diners. Wine pairings and flights of wine are offered for an additional cost.

Drink

  • 9 lb Hammer, 6009 Airport Way S, +1 206 762-3373, [18]. Daily 5PM-2AM. An unpretentious, laid back bar. Nobody has tapped into the Georgetown vibe more. Dimly lit and cavernous, it's a good place to hangout with friends. While it's quiet early in the week, weekends can get very busy.
  • All City Coffee Georgetown, 1205 S Vale St, +1 206 767-7146. Stop by every Saturday morning to hear DJ Tamlin spinning reggae. Free Wi-Fi.
  • Jules Maes Saloon, 5919 Airport Way S, +1 206 957-7766. Closed 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 and Grill, 5613 4th Ave S, +1 206 762-3964. A long-time Sodo institution, 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 Ave S (Across from Safeco Field), +1 206 682-3377, [19]. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-9PM. Strategically located across from Quest and Safeco fields, 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 varieties. 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.
  • The Siren Tavern, 3403 4th Ave S, +1 206 223-9167. A working-class bar that has stayed true to its roots. Jukebox, pool tables, dart boards and plenty of beer on tap. Who could ask for anything more?
  • Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave S Seattle, WA 98104, [20]. 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.

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