I’m a huge fan of the food at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. It’s got to be the only stadium in the country where you can score Thai curry, clam chowder, and an order of edamame along with the typical popcorn, peanuts and Cracker Jack. I’ll go to an M’s game at the Safe just so I can order an Ichiroll, the spicy tuna creation named for the single-named star of the team (Ichiro) or to dive into seared salmon drizzled in a sun-dried tomato beurre blanc at the Hit It Here Café. But with the recent arrival of Seattle’s premier mobile kitchen, I’m well fed before I even pass through the turnstile.
Skillet Street Food is now parked on the home plate side of Safeco Field a couple of hours before home games, serving an abbreviated version of its ‘round town menu. This kitschy kitchen located in an Airstream Trailer offers a winning lineup of sandwiches: pulled pork, fried chicken and a creation not-so-humbly called "The Burger."
Said burger is made with grass-fed beef from Painted Hills, a ranch in Eastern Washington that doesn’t use hormones or antibiotics. The thick hunk of ground chuck gets some competition from the all-star, house-made condiment, Bacon Jam. It’s the kind of sticky/salty/just a bit sweet accompaniment that makes you think as you’re savoring it: “Man, if they bottled this stuff, they could make a million bucks.” (Well, they have. It’s for sale online. Though, they’re not yet millionaires.)
Hand-cut fries are included in the price, which hovers in the $10 range. (They do not fuss at you when you ask to split one sandwich, which I did. This was, after all, an appetizer. Because I had to hit my favorite stands inside, too.) Get those fries poutinized, topped with an herbed gravy and cheese curds. When you request poutine, the guys taking orders will call to the kitchen, "Give me a side of poo!” Mmmm. Just the thing to get you all set up to sit for nine innings of play.
About the author: Former Seattle Post-Intelligencer restaurant reviewer is now working in kitchens around the Northwest and is writing a book about her journey from critic to cook. She blogs at LeslieKellyWhiningandDining.blogspot.com.