Georgetown in an up-and-coming neighborhood located just a couple miles south of downtown Seattle. The neighborhood has always been heavily industrial, housing the old Rainier Brewery and numerous brick warehouses, plus a handful of taverns and pubs, but recently the food scene there has really begun to take off. Airport Way, between Corson Ave and S. Bailey St has become quite trendy. If you’re in Seattle looking for things to do, check it out!
We had an opportunity to check out the restaurants and pubs of Georgetown recently on a walking tour put together by the Georgetown Merchants Association called Georgetown Bites. Twenty-seven of the area’s merchants offered plates of their best bites for participants to try, while strolling the neighborhood on a sunny Saturday afternoon. We did our best to make it to all of them, but of course we would have burst at the seams if we had.
The thing I like the most about Georgetown is that it’s still accessible. There’s easy parking, it’s never too crowded and there are so many choices all within a few blocks. It would be perfect for an afternoon pub crawl or progressive dinner.
Here are some highlights of Georgetown’s food scene.
The Georgetown Bites ticket booth was set up in the parking lot of what is called the Georgetown Trailer Park, where a couple of merchants have set up shops in trailers and they’ve made a little destination out of it. You can find homemade items like clothing and crafts, plus a food truck or two.
Flying Squirrel Pizza
They were serving a single-topping individual sized pizza and a beer. This was my first time at Flying Squirrel and it won’t be my last. The pizza was exceptional. Great chewy-yet-crispy crust, high-quality cheese and toppings – one of the better pizza I’ve had in Seattle. They had a limited selection of beers on tap – Manny’s, of course, a Ninkasi and a few other local brews – but we were all happy with the choices.
Brass Tacks is always reliable for a good plate of food and craft cocktails — and they had LIVE music too. They were serving pork fries with apple butter and I was definitely not expecting the plate of deliciousness that was set before us. It was basically pork fingers – deep fried sticks of pork – with a sweet and chunky apple butter to dip them in.
Fonda La Catrina
I’m always on the look out for good Mexican food in Seattle. Fonda La Catrina is a good find. The dining room was packed with people eating from the regular menu instead of the “Georgetown Bites” menu, which is always a good sign. If people love it enough to pack in on a nice Saturday afternoon, there must be something good here. The bit was three tacos al pastor or tostada de ceviche. We had the tacos and thought they were very good. The meat was cooked on a rotisserie and was crisp and juicy. Loved the Salsa Verde.
I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t drool over Fran’s delicious dark-chocolate salted caramels. They are simply the best piece of caramel you will ever put in your mouth. Fran’s has a great location in a newly remodeled brick warehouse on Airport Way. It’s a large space with room for a large party, a viewing platform that allows you to see the activity on the production floor, and a couple of intriguing staircases that seem to go nowhere. They were handing out samples, as usual, along with a box of salted caramels.
Machine House Brewery
Talk about specialty beers, Machine House takes the prize for most-unique flavors. They have many more (usual) beers on tap, but for the event they were pouring three cask-style beers that contained ingredients sourced from other Georgetown purveyors – one with Fran’s cocoa nibs, one with Fonte coffee and one with Jack’s BBQ smoked orange peel. While I wouldn’t drink them regularly, they were all well-balanced, flavorful and very popular with the crowds.
Counterbalance Brewing Company
This new brewery on the Seattle beer scene is located a little further into Georgetown than the others, so we got in a nice walk. The taproom is located in back of the homebrew store we frequent and we’ve been told that if you shop at Sound Homebrew, you’ll receive 10% off at Counterbalance with your receipt, and vice versa. Nice perk! They have a taster tray of all their beers, in 5 oz glasses, and I can easily say I liked them all, especially the blonde ale and dark ale.
These are just a few of the places to eat and drink in Georgetown. There are dozens more to try out. But don’t wait for another Georgetown Bites event to take advantage of all there is to offer. You could easily put together your own food tour in Georgetown any day of the week.