Georgetown is where to go if you want to feel like the grunge movement never ended. You’ll find industrial dive bars, lots of graffiti, and maybe even the occasional tumbleweed. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Especially because there are a ton of great spots to grab a meal or a drink here while feeling just a little bit punk - even though you might be wearing Sperrys and jeans that someone else ripped on purpose in a factory.
All your friends are going to try to bully you into doing your Georgetown taco-eating at Fonda La Catrina, but be strong - that’s not where you want to go. Tu Cantinas is a hole-in-the-wall taqueria that you might not have ever never heard of, and it has the best Mexican food in the neighborhood by far. Come here for margaritas and incredible $3 tacos with thick tortillas made fresh to order.
Star Brass Lounge is a low-key dive bar with solid, inexpensive bar food. Packed with locals and serving excellent local beer, it’s one of the best spots in Georgetown to spend a few hours. The double-tavern burger is great, the homemade pretzel platter with beer cheese, apples, grapes, and a crispy-grilled brat is a solid deal at $10, and we could tear through the fried cod bites like popcorn at the movies. Come with friends for drinks and dinner before a night out.
Sisters and Brothers knows their sh*t when it comes to Nashville-style hot chicken. Sit at the table that doubles as a Ms. Pac Man machine, get some Southern-inspired side dishes (like the smoked gouda mac and cheese with bacon), and keep in mind that just like in Nashville, the spice levels here are slightly skewed. As in, the “mild” will absolutely clear out your sinuses.
You might not expect to find one of the most romantic spots in Seattle under a highway near some train tracks and a baseball diamond, but that’s exactly where the Corson Building is. This restaurant in an early-20th-century home has everything you could possibly want for celebrating a relationship milestone: candles, a garden veranda with string lights, excellent service, a fancy American menu that changes daily, and a Sunday tasting menu. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but they also host weddings here.
Once you get past the slightly disconcerting wall mural featuring part-satanic, part-whimsical characters like a demonic cat wearing a rugby sweater, eating dinner at Ciudad is actually very pleasant. Come with a few friends and share marinated and charcoal-grilled meats, as well as flatbreads, mezze, and five-spice mojitos.
Bar Ciudad is right next to Ciudad, and it’s a great spot for rotisserie chicken and some hibiscus margarita slushies or draught palomas by candlelight. On a weeknight it’s typically not very crowded at all - you may find yourself the only one there at 8pm. In total contrast to their usually relaxed atmosphere, though, on some summer Sundays they host a very rowdy day drinking party called “Day Shift” on their massive patio.
It’s hard to find, it’s not much on the inside, and there’s a good chance you’ll trip up the front step like we did, but the little shack on the side of the road known as Calozzi’s Cheesesteaks will take care of any craving you might have to visit Philadelphia. Their cheesesteaks are made with pencil-shaving-thin slices of beef piled so high that you’ll have to dust some off in order to fit the sub in your mouth, and while the meat can be on the dry side, the flavor is great. Always add fried onions, and get the cheese whiz as long as you’re wearing clothes you’d normally paint in.
The Woods is a warehouse-style taproom connected to Two Beers Brewing Company. It’s a great place to play darts, foosball, hand shuffleboard, and billiards - and as a plus, the staff is super friendly. It also doubles as the tasting room for the Seattle Cider Company, so you can drink varietals here that you won’t find in the back of the refrigerator case at QFC. Spend a few hours at The Woods with your friends and their dogs, and try some beer mac and cheese or a burger from Bread & Circuses (the popular food truck has a brick-and-mortar location in-house).
You already knew that you could find Ellenos Greek Yogurt at Pike Place Market and literally any QFC or Safeway, but now you know they have a brick-and-mortar shop in Georgetown, too. The difference is that this place scoops their yogurt like it’s ice cream. They also offer toppings as varied as mango puree (our favorite), caramel, lemon curd, and mocha.
Your best bet for a sit-down Italian meal in Georgetown is going to be Via Tribunali. It’s a great pick if, for instance, you want to celebrate your birthday dinner in a space that feels like a cathedral - and the charred Neapolitan pizzas here won’t disappoint anyone in your group. Get the D.O.C. margherita and add the piccante salame.
Lowercase Brewing is a cozy little neighborhood spot for beer, board games, Wednesday night trivia, and snacks like charcuterie boards and free popcorn. Inside, it looks like a cross between a college dorm common room and the lobby lounge of a high-rise meant for millenials - which means there’s a nice long wooden bar, benches topped with decorative pillows, and plenty of tables for playing jenga. The staff is friendly and the space is versatile, so it would be a great spot to hold a meeting for your book club.