Remember when garlic fries became the “must have” item when going to Safeco Field? That is so 2008. Today, the trend is grasshoppers. But that’s not all of the new tasty treats you’ll find at the ballpark. Read on to find out what’s “new” for the 2017 season.
photo: Jennica Kreger
Grasshoppers and Tacos and Margaritas. Oh My!
Yes, everyone is talking about grasshoppers (aka Oaxacan Chapulines) now being served at both Edgar’s Cantina and Edgar’s Taco and while some people claim to love the little critters, others admit that they only tried them on a whim. “I tried the grasshoppers for the novelty of it mostly,” says Jennica Kreger.“ At Edgar’s Cantina, Kreger saw people order and share them with anybody who wanted to try one. And according to Kreger, “They mostly just tasted like what they used to season them (chili lime salt), but the texture was hard to get past.” Kreger’s boyfriend, Ryan, compared the texture to a sunflower seed—crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Still, Poquitos won’t be going away anytime soon, so give ’em a try (and tell us what you thought in the Comments below!). Other menu favorites include the chicken, beef and pork street tacos served in a three-pack with handmade corn tortillas, Wagyu carne asada with fries, seasonal margaritas and beer.
A Slice of Life
For pizza lovers, Ethan Stowell’s pizza joint, Ballard Pizza Co., is serving up pizza by the slice on a New York-style thin crust. The options include cheese and pepperoni, of course, ham and pineapple, Salsiccia (which is a mix of Italian sausage, fennel and fennel pollen) and Funghi (a mix of mushrooms and thyme). It is said that Stowell allows the dough to “age” four days ahead of time, which must be the secret to his delish crust. Here, you’ll also find both Caesar salad and chicken Caesar salad on the menu.
photo: Mark L. via Yelp
This Chicken is Dyn-O-Mite
Ethan Stowell’s other food choice, Dynamite Chicken, takes a few recipes from his Bramling Cross restaurant including the shop’s namesake—buttermilk-marinated fried chicken. Other menu items include Seattle Wings (fried oysters with Frank’s RedHot sauce), hot wings with honey-chili sauce (which might go well with those grasshoppers), Dirty Tots (spicy tater tots) and pickle fries.
Great State Burger
More traditional ballpark food can be found in Josh Henderson’s stand. The classic American burger, made with organically raised beef, is a burger connoisseur’s dream. Burgers come in a single or double patty and with or without cheese. The veggie burger, another fan favorite, is made with organic grains, seasonal vegetables and is deep-fried. The stand also sells crinkle cut French fries and organic milkshakes in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla varieties. Can you say, home run?
photo: Kristina Moy
Taking a cue from the ballparks of China, this place offers classic Chinese combination plates like beef and broccoli, General Tso’s chicken, Kung Pao chicken, Mongolian beef and sweet and sour pork as well as classic standbys like fried rice, hot and sour soup, bubble tea and giant Mariner’s-themed fortune cookies. Psst… Find Uptown China in Section 133 on the Main Level.
photo: Jennifer L. via Yelp
Frozen Rope Sandwich Company
Almost as unique as the grasshopper goodies are these frozen made-to-order ice cream sandwiches where you play the chef. Start with your choice of a pair of Hope’s Gourmet Cookies or two slabs of thick brownies. Add Snoqualmie Valley or Lopez Island Creamery ice cream (which is carefully sandwiched between the two) and complete your masterpiece by rolling it in your choice of mini M&Ms, Fruity Pebbles, nuts or chocolate sprinkles. Wash is all down with a Stubborn Soda Root Beer float or for mom and dad, a Stubborn Soda (alcoholic) Hard Root Beer float. Psst! Find the Frozen Rope Sandwich Company in Section 132 on the Main Level.
photo: Ron M. via Yelp
Rita’s Italian Ice
Rita’s offers a variety of icy treats and beverages including freshly-made frozen ices, frozen custard served in a sugar or waffle cone, sundaes, Gelati (which is a mixture of Italian ice and frozen custard) Misto shakes (the same as Gelati only mixed up) and frozen custard cookies sandwiches. Psst! Rita’s has five locations around Safeco Field, so you’re bound to find one in a section nearest you.
photo: Julie V. via Yelp
Good to Know
Fletchers has returned as the “official hot dog of the Seattle Mariners.” Those old enough to remember the Kingdome will remember these all-beef hot dogs.
The official coffee provided at Safeco Field is not Starbucks or Tully’s. It’s Caffe Vita, now serving up cold brew.
This year, even the peanuts received an upgrade. CB Nuts offers small batches of slow-roasted in-the-shell peanuts and other snack treats. Check ’em out when you’re there!
For a complete list of food choices and their locations, visit Safeco Field’s website.
1250 1st Ave S,
Seattle, Wa 98134
Have you tried these new menu options at Safeco Field? Which one did you like the best? Tell us in the Comments below!
— Jeffrey Totey