Welcome to West Seattle. You may have noticed the cranes. Unlike other parts of the city, however, our boom of spanking new apartments hasn’t cost us much history. Here mixed-use developments take over abandoned car dealerships. Plenty of the old hood is still around to love – like the Masonic Temple off Fauntleroy, whose surrounding block is in development but will apparently forge on smack dab in the middle of the new Whole Foods. Perhaps it’s the rapid population growth that’s pushed us Westie’s into 1st place during KEXP’s annual Hood-to-Hood challenge or maybe West Settlers put some of their rapidly skyrocketing home equity towards the win. Regardless, there are many things to see, hear and do in this year’s winning Hood… oh and SUCK IT Ballard!
As our losing fellow Westsiders can attest, If you’re doing KEXP’s Hood-to-Hood right it is an all day affair. Odds are you’ve come to West Seattle to hit Alki in the summer or Easy Street on Record Store Day but maybe you’ve never spent 12 hours rolling between “the Junctions”. Here’s your all day cheat sheet to all the good times between Admiral and Morgan.
10am-Grab a cup of Joe at Easy Street Records and begin the day browsing. Normally I’d recommend you also grab a plate of Cha-Cha Chorizo or a Dolly Parton Stack of Hotcakes, but the odds of getting a table at this already busy breakfast spot won’t be great during Hood-to-Hood.
11am– The daily line out the door at Bakery Nouveau should have dissipated by now, so if you chose to forgo breakfast, go ahead and stock up on fine french pastries- like twice baked chocolate and almond croissants- that costs a dollar less per item in most cases than the Capitol Hill Location.
12pm– California Ave has two great used bookstores (Pegasus Books and Merryweather Books) within steps of each other. In the same row of shops, you’ll find the Discovery Thrift Shop, one of the city’s best. The volunteer staff of classy old broads who run this place carefully curate and care for the clothes sold here (your items never have that “vintage” smell). They have a large selection of plus size items and I’ve come across vintage Dior and Pucci in this place.
1pm– If you’re ready for lunch the Macaroni & Cheese at West 5 is award winning and Azuma Sushi features many lunch time Bento Boxes and specials. West Seattle Beauty Happy Hour is on. Get your nails done did, while waiting for the next band to play.
2pm– If you’ve brought the kids to enjoy some outdoor music, odds are they might be getting antsy. If you continue down Alaska towards the residential side of the street you’ll come to Ercolini Playground. A small neighbor playspace where the community provides toys and your kids can run their ya-yas out. Once you’re back in the Junction reward them with a trip to Curious Kidstuff which is well stocked with fun and educational toys of all price ranges.
3pm– Treat the kids and yourself to Husky Deli, some of the city’s best Ice Cream. It’s creamy, comes in too many flavors to list and is of the “so hard you can bite it” variety. If you’re with the grown-ups, Congrats! Happy Hour is upon us! Before you commence with the booze, hit up the Twilight Gallery for both visual and wearable art.
4pm-Oh Yeah! Food and “dranks” just got super cheap West of the water. There are giant slices, apps and drinks to be had at Talarico’s Pizza all for under $6 till 6pm. Matatdor has your Mexi-cravings covered with a $5 food menu. Shadowlands West has extensive HH deals that range from $.3.50(Corned Beef Croquettes) $4.50(Braised Pork Lettuce Boats, grilled cheese sandwiches) to $7.50 (steak frites, dry rubbed pork ribs).
5pm– The best-kept secret in West Seattle is sustainable sushi joint Mashiko’s almost one hour, Happy Hour where fave menu items like the Treasure Island Roll and their Jasmine Brew get discounted for 55 minutes a day.
6pm-9pm – With the day portion of Hood-to-Hood done, evening festivities are going down.KEXP DJs will be spinning all over the hood till live music takes over at select West Side venues.
DJ Darek Mazzone – Ma Kai Marination
DJ Don Slack – Beveridge Place Pub
DJ Evie – Mission Latin Bar & Restaurant
DJ Larry Rose – Outwest Bar
DJ Mike Ramos – West 5
DJ Morgan – Feedback Lounge
DJ Quilty 3000 – Prost!
DJ Sean Morrow – Shadowland
DJ Shannon – Corner Pocket
9pm-On-KEXP Hood to Hood Live Music Showcase #1
Feedback Lounge is a Rock & Roll themed bar in the Morgan Junction. Think the Hard Rock Cafe if it was actually “Hard Rockin”. This showcase is 21, hosted by Kevin Cole and features Grace Love and the True Loves, Bread and Butter, KEXP’s own DJ Morgan
KEXP Hood to Hood Live Music Showcase #2
All I should have to tell you about West Seattle Best Live music venue, the Skylark Cafe is that the bathroom doors feature Joe Strummer or Suzi Quarto as your gender choice-Nuff Said. This showcase is 21 and over, hosted by Troy Nelson and features: SISTERS, Fauna Shade and Bod.