The Seattle Mariners didn’t just spend the offseason upgrading their offense with new players like Adam Frazier, Jesse Winker, and Eugenio Suarez. They also boosted the quality and variety of food options available at their home stadium. While unique Northwest fare like Lil’ Woody’s burgers, Din Tai Fung wontons, Ivar’s clam chowder, and Salt & Straw ice cream are all still available, elevating T-Mobile Park food above what you’ll find at most ballparks, there are a good number of new, tasty options this season. (Just keep in mind that you might need to miss a few batters to wait in a long line, given the influx of fans coming out to support the team.) Here are my picks for the best new things to eat at a Mariners game in 2022.
BBQ Platters and Pulled Pork: At Holy Smoke near sections 105 and 313, hungry eaters can order combo meals with brisket ($18) or a long rib ($22) that come with mac-and-cheese, cornbread, and coleslaw. A good value at these stands is the mac-and-cheese with pulled pork ($12), or you can get it meatless for a couple dollars less. If you prefer your pulled pork with a bit of crunch, order the “Holy Moly” loaded Kettle Chips, smothered with white queso cheese and BBQ sauce and topped with citrus coleslaw and green onions. (You can also get the “Holy Moly” chips at a stand on the Terrace Club level near section 221.)
Pineapple Pizza and Meatball Subs: Ethan Stowell’s Ballard Pizza Company (section 241 and the ‘Pen) is offering a new “Staple and Fancy” slice ($10) that includes pepperoni, pineapple, and jalapeños. Also new this season is a meatball sub ($15), baked to order on an Italian roll with tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella.
Spicy Chicken Sandwiches: David Chang’s Fuku (the ‘Pen) was a late-season addition in 2021, and its spicy chicken sandwich ($13) is still one of the best things to eat at the park. The buttermilk-battered breast is served on a potato roll with habanero pepper and “Fuku butter,” a puree of pickles, butter, and garlic.
Fresh Mexican Flavors: At Edgar’s Cantina, also in the ‘Pen, new options include “Tacos del Barrio” ($13), with your choice of barbacoa chicken, green chile pork, or fried avocado (tacos are also available in section 212); a shrimp tostada ($14); and a brisket quesadilla served with pineapple salsa ($13).
Hawaiian Plate Lunches: Seattle’s well-regarded Marination is a rookie-of-the-year candidate for T-Mobile Park food this season. Its offerings near section 119 include a luau plate lunch ($15) with either huli huli chicken, kalua pork, or tofu along with rice, macaroni salad, and a Hawaiian roll; a kalua pork sandwich that’s one of the best deals at T-Mobile ($9.50); and one of the two places in the park where you can order spam musubi ($6).
Poke Bowls and Sushi: Near section 132, Just Poké serves up ahi tuna or salmon bowls ($17) with avocado, edamame, pickled ginger, and seaweed salad over sushi rice, as well as spicy tuna or California sushi rolls ($14 and $13, respectively) that can be upgraded to “Hall of Fame” style with a topping of poké for an additional $9. You can also get your spam musubi fix here ($6).
Açai Bowls and Toasts: Pure Açai (section 132 and 328) offers three different açai bowls ($14) with a variety of toppings including granola, bananas, strawberries, and nutella, as well as multi-grain toast with either avocado and cherry tomatoes, or nutella, banana, coconut, and granola ($12).
Gourmet Sit-Down Meals: One of the best-kept secrets of T-Mobile Park food is that you’re allowed to order food at a table in the Hit it Here Café, regardless of where your seat is for the game. Appealing options here include the “Hit it Here” burger, with a grass-fed beef patty topped with Tillamook cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, and burger sauce ($15.50); the “loaded mac & cheese” sandwich, with four-cheese mac, caramelized onions, and bacon on Texas toast ($18.50); and the bacon and blue chese wedge salad, including iceberg lettuce, bacon lardons, blue cheese crumbles, marinated tomatoes, pickled red onions, and ranch dressing ($13).
What are your favorite things to eat at a Mariners game? Leave a comment and let me know!
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What I Ate: Meatball sub from Ballard Pizza Company at T-Mobile Park