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Aug 26, 2008 12:41 PM

Georgetown Truck Stop (SEA)

I am just wondering if anyone knows the story with the Georgetown Truck Stop. I have stopped by a few times over the last couple weeks (as has a co-worker) and each time we have found it closed during normal business hours. I peeked in the windows just now and saw the cash register and espresso machine unplugged and out of place. There are some cleaning buckets on the porch, but no notes or clues as to what is going on. I am going to be really bummed if they are closed for good, as their sandwiches are a beacon of light in an otherwise deserted lunch scene around the SODO/Georgetown area. I am hoping that someone knows the answer??? Even more so, I'm hoping the answer is that they are closed for remodeling, vacation or something and forgot to leave a note. I am hopeful, but fearing for the worst...

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  1. It would be sad if the Georgetown Truck Stop was closed down
    It was a neat little place (and I'd been meaning to get down there for their breakfast burrito...)

    But I would have to TOTALLY disagree with you about the Georgetown lunch scene.
    I would LOVE to work down there are head over to the Mexican places on the other side of Boeing Field (or even into South Park) or the Last Chance Chili Shack or Pig Iron BBQ or Maruta's lunch boxes or Curry King (not great, but a heck of a value).

    Are any of the string of places on Airport Way open for lunch?
    Not everything's a hit on their menu's, but there's usually something interesting. (Smarty Pants, Jules Mae, Calamity Jane's?)

    And this doesn't even get into the SODO side of the world...

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    1. re: GreenYoshi

      Actually, I think I just heard Curry King has closed down and is being replaced by something else...

      (I could see why people wouldn't dig it, but I loved it as a little hole in the wall for a large amount of cheap, pretty good food)

      1. re: GreenYoshi

        Smarty Pants, Calamity Janes, Stellar, and Via Tribunali are the ones I know are open for lunch on the Airport Way stretch...

        1. re: GreenYoshi

          I haven't ventured too far down into the Boeing Field area or South Park as my lunch break is only 30 minutes. I know there are some great options in Georgetown proper, but as far as quick, super close places (to approx 1st Ave and Hudson), I haven't found too many. I've been wanting to try Smarty Pants, but again, time is an issue. Pig Iron is decent, but BBQ isn' t really my thing. Never heard of Maruta's. What kind of food/scene is it? Can it be had in 30 minutes or less? Any good SODO suggestions that fit the same bill?

          1. re: abstract206

            Here are some of favs down in that area.

            Maruta is the Asian grocery store down on Bailey.
            They do a variety of japanese lunch boxes with rice or sushi.
            That would be a nice quick meal.

            A couple of nice mexican places are down there too.
            Colima and Sabrositas.
            Colima can take a little while sometimes, but it's pretty good stuff.
            They use handmade tortillas for their tacos but not with their other stuff, like their mole (I suppose you could ask for a substitution)

            I personally love Last Chance Chili shack. I've only been at dinner so I don't know what it's like at lunch (crowded or not). Their chili verde over mac is great, as is their burger.

            Also, isn't the Hallava falafel guy stationed somewhere down there during lunch hours?

            (Since you say time is an issue, I'm not going to include Kauai or Skillet, which I think does Georgetown on Wednesdays, they both take FOREVER to get you food. Although, Georgetown Truck Stop was never the fastest in the world either...)

            The other places people mentioned are good too.

            Last Chance Chili Shack
            5606 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

            6932 Carleton Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

            1. re: GreenYoshi

              Thanks for the tips, I almost forgot about the falafel truck! I've never actually seen it and keep forgetting to look...will do soon. I am lucky enough to make it to Skillet every so often. I can pass off the long wait as some sort of customer service measure (I work for Grand Central, their bread vendor).

        2. Sadly, the Truck Stop is closing down for good. The owner/chef is moving to Olympia. I did hear that she was trying to sell the business, but I never heard if anything came out of that.

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          1. re: HCGirl

            Thanks for the update, but SO SAD to hear it. It would be great if someone else would take over, but James and Stephanie's friendly demeanor was a big part of the experience.

          2. UPDATE: Just drove by on my way out to lunch today. I was surprised and happy to see a note on the door this time. It says "closed for remodeling, sorry for the trouble" or something to that effect. Didn't say for how long or even that they would be re-opening, although I'm hoping that's implied. I will keep checking back now that I've seen my glimmer of hope. I'm curious to see if it's the same owners or if it has been sold to new people. I'll post my findings and hope others around the neighborhood will as well!