The notion of ballpark food in Seattle has shifted from dirty water hot dogs and chocolate malts at Mariners’ games at the Kingdome, to the arrival of the Ichi-Roll and garlic fries in the early-aughts; and now today, where the Mariners, and their hospitality partner Centerplate, envision Safeco Field as a 47,000 seat restaurant. With the new menu items at-bat for this season, diners at Safeco Field will be at the forefront of stadium eats. The M’s and Centerplate call it, ‘elevated ballpark food’.
The Seattle Mariners, Centerplate, and local chef Ethan Stowell, hosted a happy hour last week to preview the new food and drink concepts at Safeco Field. This has been a spring tradition the last few years as Safeco Field, Centerplate, and Chef Stowell introduced the new menu items for the season with the goal to raise the food bar at a Mariners ballgame. It all started with The ‘Pen; the sprawling area in centerfield with updated food programs featuring burgers and crepes from chef Stowell, Apizza from Bill Pustauri of New Haven pizza fame, and even more beer taps. Last year was the introduction of Edgar’s Cantina in left field. Named in honor of the M’s slugger, Edgar Martinez, it featured cocktails made with Edgar’s Mezcal, with a cocktail menu designed by Anu Apte of Rob Roy, and a take on ‘Northwest Mex’ food.
This year’s new menu items are sure to satisfy whatever craving you may have during the game, from first pitch to the seventh inning stretch or when Fernando Rodney closes the door as the Mariners’ Legolas (h/t to Lookout Landing for the note about the nickname). Here are some highlights:
The ‘Pen –The fans and revelers in this social scene will have more food to look forward to. Dirty Tots will be a must; tater tots with Carlton Farms pork belly, Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar, and Bay Valley pickled peppers. Which should pair perfectly with beer. There is also a new food concept in The ‘Pen; Swingin’ Wings. Three different styles of wings with a bbq sauce and two with hot sauce from Ballard’s Bonache Hot Sauce; a Classic sauced wing or the Honey Serrano wing.
Beer – A cool stat from the Centerplate folks; about 70% of the draft handles at Safeco Field are craft beers. The roster of local breweries at Safeco Field is deep. For this season, there will be cask-conditioned ales on the main concourse behind home plate at Section 129 and the Northwest Beer Bar near the Mariners Hall of Fame at Section 134. Exciting for the beer aficionado is the introduction of Firkin Fridays in The ‘Pen; happy hour prices for beer in the firkin flow until the tap runs dry. Beer and baseball; goes together like a Cano-Miller double play flip.
Sound Seafood and The Sound Bar – At the club level, just off the left field fair pole, sits Sound Seafood and The Sound Bar; two updates from Centerplate that feature local seafood, chowder, cocktails, and beers from local distilleries and breweries. The Dungeness Crab Roll will be a crowd pleaser. As will the beer battered fish & chips made with Manny’s Pale Ale. The cocktails were designed by Rob Roy’s Anu Apte, much like the mezcal-based drinks in Edgar’s Cantina.