#sEATtle: How is the grub at Safeco Field?

April 10, 2017

I like to eat. A lot. Food is bae. Therefore, I figured I would post reviews of the places I go to give you a little insight and maybe some ideas on where you might want to nom with your friends or special someones. Plus, it gives me an excuse to pig out on Seattle's best eats and not feel bad about it, because work!

Before we start, though, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am NOT a professional food nerd, nor do I want to be. I don't know the intricacies of French cooking. Heck, I don't even know how to spell "intricacies." It also means that if you ask me what the best burger is, I'll probably say Lil Woody's before I suggest any kind of "gourmet" burger, unless that gourmet burger has an egg on it. Then gourmet burger wins (any burger with an egg on it wins really.) Also, my idea of a fancy pizza is anything with more than two toppings. Basically what I'm getting at is consider these restaurant reviews for the common man/woman.

Got it? Good, let's roll!

Safeco Field

1250 1st Avenue South

Baseball season is upon us again, which means it's time for peanuts and cracker jacks and garlic fries and fried rice and sushi and... wait, what?  Ballpark food is having a moment right now and getting more elaborate than ever. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. I headed to Safeco last week to see how their new menu additions stacked up.

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CB's Nuts - What's more American than eating a big bag of peanuts during a baseball game?  Probably riding around in a monster truck with a bald eagle airbrushed on the hood while blasting Skynard, but I digress. CB's will have their own roaster at the park to roast these bad boys fresh to order! You want Deez Nuts!!  (sorry, I couldn't resist)

GREAT STATE - Traditional, delicious, I'm ordering this for lunch today. Important note - they press their burgers so the patties get a good char on the outside. 

UPTOWN CHINA - Being so close to the International District, it's only natural that Safeco would add some Asian food to the mix.  Buy me some peanuts and egg rolls....YES PLEASE! 

RITA'S ITALIAN ICE - This is an East Coast thing and I'm glad we are adopting it.  My grandpa used to make me Italian sodas and ice when I was a kid so if you see me getting emotional at the park while sucking one of these down, just know it's either a brain freeze or me reminiscing about the dude who got me into baseball to begin with.

POQUITOS - Capitol Hill gets represented in the new menu with some noms from Poquitos.  If they're reading this, PLEASE offer chips and guacamole in one of those plastic batting helmets! 

POQUITOS OAXACAN CHAPULINES - Fun trick to play on your friends. Go to the ballpark and proclaim, "for every runner left on base today I will eat a grasshopper!"  Then get a bowl of these little guys and, if the start of the season is any indication, prepare to down at least 15 of them. Gross? In theory, but they are actually really good, and will be the food of the future in post-Apocalyptic America (probably 3 years or less.)

Baseball is a great sport, but let's be honest, it can get pretty boring. That's why going somewhere that has a great ballpark experience is so important. Safeco has that nailed!  Get brain freezes between innings eating Italian ice, crush tacos while waiting in line to purchase that sweet M's hat you've been eyeing, scare off would be dates with your garlic fry breath in the Tinder but in real life, The Pen! Who cares if the Mariners win or lose, as long as you leave with good food in your belly! 

Go here if...You like the smell of grass and peanuts. 

Don't go here if...You can't appreciate a well-placed bunt and good food.

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