When you head to Safeco Field this year to watch the Seattle Mariners I sure hope you come hungry and thirsty, because the Mariners, Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Centerplate and several local restaurants and breweries have teamed up to make your dining experience for the 2018 season something to remember.
At yesterday’s preview event, I had the opportunity to sample many of the new food and drink offerings you’ll find waiting for you at the ball park this season. You’ll have to come try them all for yourself, perhaps at the home opener next Thursday, March 29th as you cheer on the Mariners against the Cleveland Indians.
As I entered Safeco Field for the preview, representatives from each of the featured restaurants were all busy preparing their tables, making sure everything was just right. I grabbed some pictures before everyone started to dig in and then grabbed a seat for the opening remarks from Mariners representative Rebecca Hale, Chef Ethan Stowell and others. You can find that video, which I live-casted, HERE on my Facebook page.
The featured restaurants this year at Safeco include:
- Din Tai Fung (Intentional Wok, Section 132, Main Level)
- Jack’s BBQ (The ‘Pen)
- Dynamite Chicken (The ‘Pen)
- On Deck Donuts (Near Frozen Rope Ice Cream Sandwiches, Section 132, Main Level)
- Sultan of Sandwiches (Near Section 105, Main Level)
- Sound Seafood (Club Level, Section 249)
I started off by sampling the Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Dynamite Chicken ($12). The chicken was crispy outside, tender inside and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and Ethan Stowell’s own spicy sauce, which gave it a nice kick without too much heat.
Next I sampled a few items from Jack’s BBQ. I know them well and have visited them on Airport Way South many times. Their Brisket Sandwich ($13) was quite tasty. It’s made with Jack’s brisket, smoked for 12 hours over hardwood, on a brioche bun with your choice of Jack’s signature mild or spicy sauce.
Other options available from Jack’s included their Cheddar-Jalapeño Beef Smoked Sausage ($12) served on a Pioneer Bakery Bun with or without Jack’s brisket chili and cheese and, a unique Cheddar-Jalapeño Hush Dog ($8), which is basically a gourmet corn dog, but made with buttermilk Hush Puppy batter instead of corn meal. You can also get the Buttermilk Hush Puppies themselves ($7) or a tasty Frito Pie ($8) made with Jack’s smoked brisket and topped with cheese and sour cream.
Not enough BBQ for you? No problem. In addition to the offerings from Jack’s BBQ you’ll also have the option to visit Holy Smoke BBQ and try their Longbone Beef Ribs ($18.50). These are Holy Smoke’s own house-smoked longbone beef ribs, served on a bed of coleslaw with a mild or spicy sauce. My beef rib sample was amazing tender with just the right amount of smoke.
When people first heard that Din Tai Fung was coming to Safeco this year, the first question everyone asked was, “What about the soup dumplings?” Well, I’m sorry to have to be the one to break it to you but Din Tai Fung’s ball park offerings will not include their famous soup dumplings. If you know how labor-intensive they are to make, you’ll understand why they did not want to commit to providing them on a stadium-wide scale.
However, you will find some delicious offerings from Din Tai Fung, including a Spicy Wonton ($15) made with tender pork and bok choy and topped with a spicy sauce, as well as a traditional, steamed Veggie Bun ($9) (bok choy, tofu, mushrooms & vermicelli noodle) or Pork Bun ($9).
If you’re a sandwich fan, then Sultan of Sandwiches has you covered. They’re offering three classic sandwiches: a Meatball Sandwich ($13) with pork meatballs, house-made marinara, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese on a baguette, a Cubano Sandwich ($13) made with pulled pork, house-made mojito sauce, ham and Swiss, and a Reuben Sandwich ($13) with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, 1000 island dressing and stone ground mustard on a rye baguette. I’m a big Reuben fan and Sultan’s Reuben really hit the spot. The meatball sandwich was also on point, but I didn’t have a chance to try the Cubano.
If you’re still in a sandwich mood but none of Sultan’s offerings are up your alley, then how about the stuffed Lobster Roll ($20) from Sound Seafood? Made with tender lobster claw meat, a garlic celery aioli, seasoned with celery seed and served on a King’s Hawaiian sweet roll, it was delicious. They certainly didn’t skimp on the lobster.
If your’e in the mood for something a bit more on the sweet side, then you’ll want to drop by On Deck Donuts. There (for $8) you’ll find house-made mini donuts and jumbo donut bites with your selection of dipping sauces and toppings like caramel, maple syrup, chocolate sauce, sweet bacon bits, frosting, powdered syrup and more. Bring on the sugar high!
If you’re on a special diet, then there’s something for you too including a gluten free sandwich from Sultan of Sandwiches (made on a Manini’s Gluten Free Hoagie Roll) on Gluten Free Night, a Grilled Vegetable Sandwich for Vegan Night and Mac N Cheese Balls for Sriracha night.
All of that food will make you thirsty. Thankfully, you’ve got lots of great drink options at the Safe this year too including several local craft beers (list below), batch cocktails (BSB Manhattan, Bloody Mary, Zac Margarita), keg wine from Chateau St. Michelle, coffee from Cafe Vita and Bubble Tea with tapioca pearls from Juma Ventures (Club Level, Section 214).
Featured breweries at Safeco this year include:
So this year, when you come out to watch the Mariners play, don’t grab dinner and drinks before heading to the stadium. Have dinner and drinks at the stadium. With so many options, everyone is sure to find something they’ll enjoy. See you at the Safe.
Click HERE to view details of the Centerplate 2018 Safeco Field Beer, Wine & Spirits initiatives, including where you can find barrel-aged and cask-conditioned ales, draft and canned beers, wines and cocktails.
Click HERE to view details of the Safeco Field Value Beer locations. Priced at $5 or $6 for a 12 oz can and includes choices like: Busch Light ($5), Elysian Super Fuzz ($6), Miller High Life ($5) and Georgetown Brewing’s Bodhizafa ($6).
Click HERE to view the rest of the photos from this event – including the ‘official’ photos from the Seattle Mariners and Centerplate. I think you’ll be able to tell which are theirs and which are mine.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.