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Safeco Field Eats Have Taste That’s Outta the Ballpark



Little Leaguers can score major league treats at Safeco this summer.

PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON

 

If you’re looking for more than just peanuts and Cracker Jacks, bring the family to Safeco Field for a sporting and culinary treat. In 2010 the Mariners organization brought Seattle chef and restaurateur Ethan Stowell on board to revitalize their food scene, and Safeco Field quickly became an esteemed food destination, serving locally inspired, restaurant-quality food. Stowell, who calls the ballpark a “45,000-seat restaurant,” said the main focus was to start bringing in more locally sourced, natural ingredients, and to start cooking more products in-house. 

“If you’re a parent like I am,” he says, “and you want to treat your kids, you want to know what you’re getting. You want to know what’s in the food.” 

This is now the reality at Safeco Field, where you can find Rainier Ranch grass-fed burgers with Tillamook cheese, po’ boys made with Taylor Farms oysters, and food from many other local, high-quality producers. 

PHOTO COURTESY OF ETHAN STOWELL

Beecher's Jack cheese with bacon and tomato.

Stowell says that Big League Burger is his family’s favorite food destination at the ballpark, where his two young sons enjoy the burgers and fries (always with extra ketchup). Even better, Big League Burger is located just past the Kid Zone, so your little ballplayers can run out their wiggles and get a real seventh-inning stretch. Another crowd pleaser is Holy Smoke BBQ, with an awesome, grass-fed brisket sandwich served with whiskey-cola BBQ sauce on a sweet potato bun.The Way Back Crab Shack is also a big hit for parents, where they can enjoy a craft beer alongside a stellar Dungeness crab and housemade lemon aioli sandwich. 

For some lighter fare, head to The Natural for an expansive selection of homemade vegetarian and gluten-free options, including salads, sandwiches and Field Roast veggie dogs. To get the most bang for your baseball buck, head to the stadium early and check out The Pen, which opens 2½ hours before the first pitch. Here your kids can enjoy a bacon-wrapped hot dog and watch the players warm up with one of the best views in the park. 

So take your family out to the ballgame this summer. And come hungry. 

Safeco Field, 1250 1st Ave. S, safecofield.com 

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