A hot dog and a beer or soda have always been the quintessential food and drink of baseball. Throw in some peanuts and Cracker Jack and… well, and you might think this piece is being written by some old geezer from the 1940’s. Not quite. I don’t know if 50 qualifies me for geezer status just yet, but I can still fondly remember the days of my youth when a hot dog, a soda (hey, I wasn’t always drinking age!) and a box of Cracker Jack were a big part of what I looked forward to when attending a game.
Things have sure changed, especially at T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field), where your game time food and drink options have become decidedly more gourmet. The food and beer selection at T-Mobile Park has been called some of the very best in the nation. That’s a big reputation for this seasons newcomers to live up to, but I think they can handle the challenge.
Yesterday afternoon I attended this year’s food and drink preview for the 2019 Seattle Mariners‘ Season at T-Mobile Park, courtesy of the Seattle Mariners, Centerplate and Ethan Stowell Restaurants. I’ve been attending this event for several years now, and I’m always excited to see all the fresh food and drink options they roll out for each new Mariner’s season.
This year’s featured vendors include Paseo Carribean Restaurant, Li’l Woody’s Burgers and Shakes, Fat’s Chicken & Waffles and more, including No Anchor and their new signature cocktail (inspired by the Mariners’ new partnership with T-Mobile), the Magenta Mojo. More on that later. There will also be plenty of great options at the Hit It Here Cafe (Pizza, fries, burgers, etc.) and The Natural, serving gluten-friendly, vegetarian and vegan options.
Here’s a more detailed look at some of your food options for the 2019 Mariners season:
Paseo (Edgar’s Cantina & Edgar’s Home Run Porch)
Paseo, recently voted Best Sandwich Shop in Washington, and one of the best in the nation, by Thrillist, brings their mouthwatering Caribbean flavors to the ballpark. (Don’t worry, chapulines are still on the menu).
- Caribbean Roast Sandwich – ($16) Slow roasted pork shoulder in Paseo signature marinade served with garlic aioli, caramelized onion, cilantro, pickled jalapeño and romaine lettuce on a toasted baguette;
- Smokin’ Thighs Sandwich— ($16) Roasted skin-on chicken thighs with garlic aioli, caramelized onion, cilantro, pickled jalapeño and romaine lettuce on a toasted baguette;
- Tofu Delight Sandwich – ($16) Sautéed organic tofu with garlic aioli, caramelized onion, cilantro, pickled jalapeño and romaine lettuce on a toasted baguette;
- West Caribbean Bowl – ($15) Succulent, slow-roasted pork or chicken thighs atop jasmine rice with black beans, warm salsa, cheddar cheese, sour cream, pickled jalapeño and cilantro with tortilla chips;
- Roasted corn on the cob – ($7/$18) slathered in aioli, topped with parmesan cheese, cilantro and Paseo spices;
- Sides include: black beans and rice ($8), Caribbean fries ($8) with aioli, cilantro and Paseo spices, and nachos ($13/$20) topped with cheddar-cheese sauce, sour cream, caramelized onions, cilantro and pineapple chunks.
Li’l Woody’s Burgers & Shakes (The ‘Pen)
With fresh, quality ingredients (including Painted Hills grass fed beef) in “creative and savory combinations,” Li’l Woody’s consistently rates as one of the best burgers in Seattle.
- The Big Woody—($11) 1/4 lb. flame-broiled Painted Hills beef patty, bacon, Tillamook cheddar cheese, chopped onion, diced pickle, tomato, lettuce, ketchup & mayo;
- Li’l Woody—($9) 1/4 lb. patty with Tillamook cheddar, chopped onion, diced pickle, ketchup & mayo;
- Impossible™ Veggie Burger – ($11) Impossible veggie patty, chopped onion, diced pickle, tomato, lettuce, ketchup & mayo;
- Chicken Tenders – ($12.50) with hand-cut French fries
- ’95 Slide – ($11) Sometimes called “Crack,” a savory/sweet combo of hand-cut fries with a side of Full Tilt ice cream shake for dipping.
Fat’s Chicken (The ‘Pen)
The Central District’s Fat’s Chicken & Waffles brings a taste of Southern cuisine to the ballpark.
- Five Spice Fried Chicken Thigh Sandwich – ($13.50) with garlic aioli, tomato, pickle, mixed greens and house-made pimento cheese on a toasted bun;
- Buttermilk Fried Chicken Strips – ($12.50) with fries;
- Fat’s Wings – ($11) Lemon Pepper, Buffalo style or Naked;
- Poutine – French fries topped with house-made Andouille sausage gravy and pimento cheese;
- Sides include creamy mac & cheese ($6.50), and rice ($5) topped with Andouille sausage gravy.
Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream (Section 152, Main Level and The ‘Pen)
Shug’s brings a bit of nostalgia for the old-fashioned soda parlor to T-Mobile Park with two of their colorful portable carts hand scooping Lopez Island Creamery small-batch super premium ice cream. For a special treat, try a Prosecco float ($12.50) a four-ounce scoop of Lopez Island Creamery ice cream topped with San Martino Doc Extra Dry.
Hit It Here Café
- Ballard Pizza – ($11 cheese – $12 others) Personal sized pizzas from Chef Ethan Stowell: Arugula & Guanciale; Staple & Fancy (with pecorino, mozzarella, Zoe’s pepperoni, jalapeños and pineapple); Zoe’s Pepperoni; Cheese (with mozzarella and pecorino).
- KuKu Fries – ($10) French fries topped with togarashie Japanese seasoning, red tobiko (flying fish roe), chili sauce, horseradish crema and chives.
- Crowd Cow Hempler’s Bacon Burger – ($18) 8oz Crowd Cow beef patty with sweet and spicy Hempler’s bacon, Tillamook cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and special sauce.
- Crowd Cow Spicy Burger – ($18) 8oz Crowd Cow beef patty with habanero cheese, Mama Lil’s peppers, lettuce, tomato, onion and special sauce.
- Chef Inspired Burger – ($18) 8oz Crowd Cow beef patty – rotating menu.
- Beyond™ Burger – ($16) Beyond™ Meat plant-based patty with lettuce, tomato, onion and Just Mayo (vegan).
Sultan of Sandwich (Section 105)
Grand Salami Sandwich – ($13.50) Tribute to beloved Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus. ½ lb. of local salami, smoked provolone cheese and grainy mustard on a marbled rye baguette. My, Oh My!
Gluten-friendly, vegetarian and vegan menu items. New offerings include:
- Beyond™ Meat gluten-free, vegan Italian sausage ($8.50) (both sweet and spicy);
- Avocado toast ($11) with fresh scooped avocado on Franz Bakery organic high-protein, gluten-free bread and choice of up to two toppings;
- Build Your Own Salad (3 toppings $10, five toppings $12) with fresh, local, organic ingredients;
- Fresh organic fruit ($7).
Frozen Rope (Section 132)
Metropolitan Market “Cookie” – ($7) The classic recipe has been perfected with two kinds of Belgian chocolate, toasted walnuts and a sprinkle of fleur de sel.
I was already a big fan of Paseo before attending this event and, I’m pleased to report that their offerings at T-Mobile Park are just as tasty as those you’d find when visiting them at their regular locations. I can never resist Paseo’s Caribbean Roast Sandwich and their Roasted Corn, slathered in aioli and topped with Parmesan cheese, cilantro and Paseo spices, was delicious.
Burgers are a big theme at T-Mobile Park this year and there were several offerings to choose from including Crowd Cow Burgers: Using what they call “Hyper locally sourced” beef, Beyond™ Burger: Using a Beyond™ Meat plant-based patty and, of course, Li’l Woody’s. The Chef Inspired Burger, which you can find at the Hit It Here Cafe, serves as the foundation for a rotating menu of original, gourmet burgers from some of Seattle’s top chefs including Ethan Stowell, Maria Hines, John Sundstrom, Brady Williams and Mitch Mayers.
I sampled the Big Woody burger (8oz flame broiled Painted Hills grass fed beef patty), the Chef Inspired Burger (Chef Stowell’s version with Calabrian chili aioli, Beecher’s dulcet cheese, grilled onions and Hempler’s bacon) and the Beyond™ Burger. All of them were pretty tasty, but each caters to slightly different tastes.
The Big Woody had a slightly thinner patty, but a good bun to meat to bacon to veggies ratio. It’s been a local Seattle favorite for years. The Chef Inspired Burger was a bit more substantial, with a thicker and richer tasting meat patty (thanks to Crowd Cow sourced beef), a thicker bun and the added bonus of Hempler’s bacon. The Beyond™ Burger was fine, but I’ve honestly never been a big fan. It’s a great option to have for those who like to stick to a vegetarian or vegan diet, but I still prefer the real thing.
Other fan food favorites returning for the 2019 season include:
Din Tai Fung (Section 132) – Vegetable and pork wonton soup, vegetable and pork wonton with spicy sauce, chicken-fried rice, spare ribs, steamed traditional bao buns filled with pork, or a vegetarian option with bok choy, tofu, mushrooms and vermicelli noodles.
On Deck Donuts (Near Frozen Rope Ice Cream Sandwiches, Section 132, Main Level) — Housemade mini donuts with your choice of toppings and dipping sauces including maple syrup and bacon, caramel sauce, powdered sugar or frosting.
Ballard Pizza Co. (The ‘Pen) – Chef Ethan Stowell’s pizza by the slice including cheese; pepperoni; Funghi (seasonal fresh mushrooms and thyme); ham & pineapple; Salsiccia (Italian sausage, fennel, fennel pollen) on dough that is aged four days to develop the perfect New York-style thin crust that’s crispy and foldable at the same time.
Way Back Crab Shack (Section 187) Chef Ethan Stowell’s toasted Dungeness Crab sandwich, crab fries, Old Bay fries and clam chowder pairs with the rotating selection of draft beers including local and craft brews.
Now that we’ve taken a look at the food, let’s dive right into the beverages. First up, of course, is the new Magenta Mojo ($12.50 – or $15.50 with lighted ice cubes), inspired by the Mariners’ new partnership with T-Mobile. The Magenta Mojo gets its vibrant magenta color from hibiscus extract (which also imparts a tartness without citrus juice) and Peychaud’s Bitters, which are lightly sweet with a hint of cherry, clove and nutmeg (from an original 18th Century recipe brought from the Caribbean to Louisiana by Creole people). It’s on-trend with its lighter, not too sweet, low alcohol by volume (8% ABV) profile – which also means it’s the first time you’ll be able to carry a hard liquor cocktail back to your seat.
The Magenta Mojo is available exclusively at T-Mobile Park in The ‘Pen, Terrace Club lounges and Lookout Landing. Made with vodka, Lillet Rose, Pmplemousse Liqueur, Peychaud’s Bitters and hibiscus extract, the Magenta Mojo comes in a stadium cup filled with ice. I would urge you to order the $12.50 version and pass on the $15.50 version. I’m not sure I like the idea of a fake, plastic battery-lit ice cube hanging out in my drink and I’d hate to see any of them wind up in the trash. Save a few bucks and help save the environment.
Locally sourced craft beer is, of course, back again for the 2019 season and you’ll find several different options available at many different locations around the stadium.
Barrel Aged Ale: Cask Ale Station, Section 129, Main Level
Rotating taps of small-batch barrel-aged ales from participating Northwest brewers. 12 oz. pours for $10.
Cask-Conditioned Ales: Cask Ale Station, Section 129, Main Level
Continuing the popular Cask Beer program from 2014 and adding Barrel Aged ales at Section 129, this year’s beers include the following local breweries: Diamond Knot Brewery – Mukilteo, WA Sumerian Brewing- Woodinville, WA Reuben’s – Seattle, WA Machine House Brewing – Seattle, WA
Hop Valley: Main Level, Section 150
A selection of Hop Valley Brewing’s award-winning beer is available in the neon green shipping container at The King’s Corner (near Section 150 on the Main Level).
Draft beer at T-Mobile Park comes in 16 oz. and 24 oz. sizes. Joining the lineup this year are St. Archer Hazy IPA, St. Archer Mexican Lager, Mac & Jack Resolution IPA, Mac & Jack Porter, Mac & Jack Serengeti Wheat, Elysian Dragonstooth Stout, Double Mountain Vaporizer, Big Sky Moose Drool, Chuckanut Kolsch, Explicit Carina Peach Sour, Aslan Dawn Patrol.
Canned Beer T-Mobile Park features a wide selection of local and national favorites. These beers are sold at various locations throughout the ballpark by roaming hawkers, at concession stands, and Good Hops Beer locations. New selections for 2019 include Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water, Pike Kilt Lifter, 21st Amendment Blood Orange, Reuben’s Hazalicious IPA, 10 Barrel Out of Office Pilsner, Saint Archer Blonde, Silver City Supafly IPA, Dru Bru Pacific Crest Pale.
$5 and $6 12 oz. Cans:
T-Mobile Park’s popular $5 special price for 12 oz. domestic cans continues with Miller High Life, Busch Light, Bale Breaker Top Cutter IPA and Reuben’s Crikey IPA cans at Good Hops Beer, Sultan of Suds, Big Cheese, Mac & Cheese, On Deck Donuts, Club Level Carvery and Hit it Here Café.
Featured breweries this season at T-Mobile Park include:
- Miller-Coors-Golden, CO
- Blue Moon-Denver, CO
- St. Archer-San Diego, CA
- Hop Valley-Springfield, OR
- Mac & Jack-Redmond, WA
- Manny’s-Seattle, WA
- Lagunitas-Seattle, WA
- Fremont-Seattle, WA
- Kona-Kailua Kona, HI
- Elysian-Seattle, WA
- 10 Barrel-Bend, OR
- Alaskan-Juneau, AK
- Rueben’s-Seattle, WA
- Double Mountain-Hood River, OR
- Stone-Escondido, CA
- Big Sky-Missoula, MT
- Diamond Knot-Mukilteo, WA
- Breakside-Portland, OR
- Balebreaker-Yakima, WA
- Black Raven-Redmond, WA
- Sumerian-Woodinville, WA
- Pike Place-Seattle, WA
For the full list of beers available both canned and on draft this season at T-Mobile park and what you can expect to pay for each, be sure to download the 2019 T-Mobile Park Beer Lineup spreadsheet HERE.
The Mariners already have the best record in baseball this year. 😉 Let’s hope they can keep that trend going as the season moves forward. Your first opportunity to sample all of this season’s new food and drink offerings at T-Moble Park will be at the home opener against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, March 28th. To see the rest of my photos from this event, please click HERE.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.