Rebecca Hale has seen fans bring anything and everything edible into Safeco Field.
“At the gates on game days, you’ll see folks with pizza boxes, bags of peanuts, QFC grocery bags, I’ve even seen three guys carry in a 6-foot sub through the turnstiles,” said Hale, director of public information for the Seattle Mariners.
It’s not a widely publicized policy, presumably because stadiums are in the business of making money, but yes, you can BYOG (bring your own grub) to Safeco.
With a few exceptions, of course.
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Skip all bottled or canned beverages (except baby bottles with formula or a medically necessary item) and be sure to quarter all oranges and apples, a preemptive safety measure presumably so that Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick doesn’t “accidentally” get lobbed by an edible-turned-projectile.
Safeco’s proximity to two of the city’s neatest eating neighborhoods — Pioneer Square and the International District — make BYOG not only easy, but an adventurous foodie field trip worth an extra hour before the game.
Those pocket neighborhoods hold everything from fancy deli sandwiches to dollar dim sum, vegetarian pizza by the slice and the Northwest’s neatest food court.
Did I mention the two breweries steps away from Safeco with great suds and eats?
More than a handful
Delicatus is in Seattle’s Pioneer Square.Sue Kidd firstname.lastname@example.org
PIONEER SQUARE SANDWICHES
Good for: Afternoon games only.
Note: Most of these delis close around 3 p.m. and have limited weekend hours.
Parking: Paid street parking.
Distance: Less than a mile away, about a 15-18 minute walk from Safeco.
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Find: Five great destinations for sandwiches made with cured, artisanal and house-roasted meats.
Ratta Tat tat
A pastrami sub with slaw from Tat’s Delicatessen.Sue Kidd email@example.com
The pastrami, turkey and roast beef are roasted and smoked in-house at this fast-service counter deli with a Philly twist. Get the Tat’strami ($9.75, 8-inch), a “colestrami” masterpiece built on a French roll with a sturdy pile of sliced pastrami carrying a pronounced smoky bite, topped with a funky slaw, melted Swiss and a slather of Russian dressing. Plenty of tables, short waits, menu of 30 hot subs, Philly steaks and hoagies ($8-$13).159 Yesler Way, Seattle; 206-264-8287; tatsdeli.com.
All the usual deli suspects are represented here, but don’t miss the East Coast Representin’ ($10.75), brisket pastrami, sliced thin and stacked on toasted caraway rye with sour pickled red onions, melted Swiss and way-too-overpowering Dijon (order it light). Several tables, long waits, menu of 30 hot and cold sandwiches ($10-$12.50). Don’t bother with the $3.25 upcharge salad; stick with chips. 103 First Ave. S., Seattle; 206-623-3780; delicatusseattle.com.
Rain Shadow Meats
You’ll wait longer than you want for house-cured meats and sandwiches that come with a warning label of a 10-minute wait. Get the Pigfall ($12), fatty-edged pork belly, crisped and stacked on crunchy grilled sourdough with chunky mushrooms, carrot spread and balsamic-splashed arugula. Plenty of tables, long waits, menu of a dozen sandwiches ($11-$14). 404 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; 206-467-4854; rainshadowmeats.com.
Worth the wait
A muffo sandwich from Seattle’s Salumi is like a cousin of a muffaletta.Sue Kidd firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded by celebrity chef Mario Batali’s father, Armandino, this charcuterie and sandwich deli has fetched long lines since its 1999 opening. Order the muffo ($10.95), the kissing cousin to a muffaletta, made with peppercorn flecked salami and spicy soppressata, generously overlapped and slick with on oily olive tapenade soaked overnight into the ciabatta roll. Few tables, long waits, short menu of six sandwiches ($9.45-$12.50), meat by the pound. 309 Third Ave S., Seattle; 206-621-8772; salumicuredmeats.com.
You’ll have to look off the street for this joint with the nickname “Latin Hideaway.” Dominican favorites on the menu. Absolutely order the Cuban Dip ($10.75), a Latin masterpiece with the one-two punch of sliced ham and slow roasted pork shoulder, with assertive yellow mustard, gooey melted Swiss and zippy pickled jalapenos. Beefy jus on the side. Half dozen tables, seven sandwiches ($5-$10.75). 100 Prefontaine Place, Seattle; 206-682-2175; manusbodega.com.
MANY CHOICES, ONE PLACE
Cooler than cool
Patrons enjoy having a meal at Uwajimaya food court in SeattleLui Kit Wong email@example.com
Uwajimaya Food Court
600 Fifth Ave. S., Seattle; 206-624-6248; uwajimaya.com. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays.
Good for: Afternoon or evening games.
Parking: On-site parking garage with one hour validation with $7.50 purchase or two hours for $15.
Distance: .8 miles from Safeco, about a 17-minute walk.
Find: It’s the state’s coolest food court. Glide into the parking garage underneath the Japanese grocery emporium and take the elevator to the stores and restaurants.
Traverse the giant grocery store full of Asian ingredients, or head to the food court where 10 restaurants serve Hawaiian, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and Chinese. There’s plenty of seating.
At Shilla Korean, the satellite restaurant of the nearby Korean mother ship, get Korean standards, such as bibimbap, kimchi fried rice, soondubu or bulgogi ($7.99-$8.49) if dining in. If not, stick with a Korean sandwich. I liked bulgogi beef on a French roll with mayo ($5.99).
Find mix-and-match noodles, meats and sauces at Noodle Zen. Pick from yakisoba, spinach soba or udon, then add meat and your preferred sauce ($6.99-$8.99).
Head to the deli counter for quick-service steam table wok dishes ($6.25-$8.95) or vertically roasted duck, pork and chicken. Combo barbecue plates with rice are $7.49-$9.49.
Find loco moco, kalua pork and other Hawaiian favorites ($6.75-$8.50) at Aloha Plates. Steam table Thai ($8.22-$8.77) will be an under 15-minute meal at Thai Place. Vietnamese pho and sandwiches ($3.75-$7.95) are also fast at Saigon Bistro.
For desserts, try the crepes at Unicone Crepes ($4.79-$6.39), cream puffs at Beard Papa’s ($2.65 each), and pastries at Yummy Bakery ($2-$3.75 and up).
INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT TAKE-OUT
Good for: Afternoon or evening games.
Parking: Paid street parking.
Distance: .9 mile-1 mile from Safeco, about a 17-20-minute walk.
Find: Along Fifth through Seventh Avenues South, between South Jackson and Weller, for quick and cheap takeout.
Dim Sum King
Dim sum is dished up as fast as you can shout your order to the staffer manning oversized steamers brimming with bargain buns and take-out dumplings. Get the plump shrimp dumplings (60 cents each), ginger-laced pork-filled siu mai (60 cents), cottony soft barbecue pork buns (70 cents) or buttery baked green onion buns (70 cents). Half dozen tables, pay at the counter, closes at 6 p.m. 617 S. Jackson St., Seattle; 206-682-2823, dimsumkingseattle.com.
Thai Curry Simple
Find daily specials and Thai standards at this fast-service weekday-only haunt with unapologetically spicy stir fries and curries, with a choice of brown or white rice. Get the chicken with green curry ($7.95), a soupy tangle of chicken breast, eggplant and tongue-stinging curry sauce, or the pad kee mao ($8.95), chewy rice noodles and vegetables with a spicy-sweet sauce. Nine tables, pay at the counter, closes at 3 p.m. 406 Fifth Ave. S., Seattle; 206-327-4838, thaicurrysimple.com.
Yummy House Bakery
Serve yourself from bins filled with sweet or savory pastries, all priced around $2 or less. Get the yeasty pork buns ($1.60-$1.75), plus sweet egg custard buns ($1.45). Few tables, pay at the counter. 522 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle; 206-340-8838, yummyhousebakery.com.
Tough to choose
Customer can get chinese pastries at Yummy house Bakery in the Uwajimaya food court in SeattleLui Kit Wong firstname.lastname@example.org
King’s Barbecue House
This cash-only barbecue counter serves roasted and barbecued pork, duck and chicken. A big container of steamed rice, a ladle of soy sauce drippings and about a pound of barbecue pork will set you back $7.40. One table, pay at the counter, closes at 6:30 p.m. 518 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle; 206-622-2828.
This vegetarian pizza joint sells pizza by the slice until 9 p.m., making it an ideal stop before an evening game. It might look like pepperoni, but that’s field roast on the delicious cheese slice with a zippy tomato sauce. Around $3.25 a slice. Also whole pies ($15-$22.50). 672 S. King St., Seattle; 206-682-4161, worldpizza.tumblr.com.
A TALE OF TWO BREWERIES
Good for: Afternoon or evening games.
Parking: Pyramid Seattle Alehouse has a validated parking lot (but not during events). Paid street parking for Elysian Fields.
Note: Both these restaurants are seated, with table service, so expect a longer experience.
Distance: Pyramid is 250 feet from Safeco; Elysian Fields is about a half mile, adjacent to CenturyLink Field.
Find: Two of Seattle’s most established breweries are within walking range of Safeco Field. If forced to pick one over the other, stick with the closest, Pyramid Seattle Alehouse.
Pyramid Seattle Alehouse
A menu of meat-heavy pub fare is built for Pyramid brews, but several menu items also are made with the restaurant’s beer.
Don’t miss fish and chips ($14), with a puffy-crunchy Hefeweizen-fortified tempura batter, slaw and well-seasoned fries.
Bangers and mash ($15) came with a trio of spicy links — andouille chicken, a spicy cheese and smoked brat — over waxy red potato mashers with kraut and onions. Boozy barbecue sauce and a sweetened whole grain mustard sauce on the side.
Beer samplers are five for $10; be sure to check out the list of Brewmaster Handles.
The menu lists appetizers ($8-$14), entree salads and soup ($5-$14), pizzas ($14), 12 burgers and sandwiches ($11-$14) and a few entrees ($12-$18).
Touring the oversize brewery operation was as easy as asking if I could do a self-guided tour.
Open daily at 11 a.m. 1201 First Ave. S., Seattle; 206-682-3377, pyramidbrew.com/alehouses/seattle.
Raise a pint, or two
Find Elysian Fields, a brewery and restaurant, near Seattle’s Safeco Field.Sue Kidd email@example.com
It’s a hipster scene here — complete with bearded lumberjack-looking servers — in this sprawling building with tall ceilings, wooden beams and lots of funky artwork.
Go basic on food here. Stick with the half-pound burger ($15), with double layers of leaf iceberg and tomatoes and a swipe of plucky burger sauce. Battered, well seasoned fries on the side.
Check the beer sheet for weekly specials. They also serve cocktails. The menu lists a dozen starters ($4-$13); 14 sandwiches, pastas and entrees at lunch ($10-$16), with heartier entrees at dinner ($16-$20). Open weekdays at 11, weekends at 11:30 a.m. 542 First Ave. S., Seattle; 206-382-4498, elysianbrewing.com/elysian-fields.