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Vegan food at Safeco field

Peanuts and Cracker Jacks may both be vegan, but one cannot survive a ballgame on snacks alone.

Sure, you could bring food in (according to Safeco’s MLB site, “Food brought into the ballpark must be wrapped, bagged or inside a container. Items such as apples and oranges must be quartered.”) but you would be missing out on a quintessential piece of the American Dream: paying too much money for a one-way ticket to Diabetesville while watching a game that, frankly, runs about 5 innings too long.

Here are my suggestions of what to eat while watching the Mariners lose win (on occasion), based on all both of my visits this summer.

The Natural

The Natural is located at section 132 in the back of a small food court. The line was incredibly short (I waited longer to get condiments than I did for my dog) and reasonably priced: a smallish veggie frankfurter only put me back $4.50. They also offer vegan soup and a vegan veggie burger (both $7-ish, I think), and have a couple of vegan and non-vegan gluten-free options (including gluten-free beer).

Blazing Bagels

I walk over to Safeco sometimes during the work week for a toasted everything bagel with tofu spread, tomatoes, lettuce and capers from Blazing Bagels, and their bagel sandwiches are absolutely worth the walk. It’s technically not in the stadium, being on 1st ave S at street level, but is directly adjacent to the entrance and open on game days, so it’s an easy pre-, post- or during game stop.

Ricenroll

Safeco is probably the only ballpark in America where you can get sushi, mainly because Ichiroll sounds much better than Matsuzakaroll or the Takahashiroll. Actually, I don’t anything about the sushi presence in other stadiums, but thank your vegan stars that you can get overpriced fake Japanese food in Seattle’s. Ricenroll is in the same food court area (section 132) as The Natural, and has a few options. I wanted the tofu noodles, but they were out at that particular game, so I settled on 8 pieces of cucumber avocado sushi (at a rate of $1.13/piece). $4 edamame is another possibility.

Note: the box is not completely sealed, so don’t pour your soy sauce into it unless you want a lapful of the stuff.

I also saw someone walking around with chips and guac, and there are always the garlic fries, which are super-tasty/addictive and quite handy if you happen to be at the game on a bad date or seated next to a vampire. Mmm… garlic fries.

And don’t forget the beer.

Tags: baseball, Seattle

4 Responses to “Vegan food at Safeco field”

  1. August 15th, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Taylor says:

    What?! I’ve been to Safeco a bajillion times and I didn’t know about The Natural! Thanks so much for this post! Not that I don’t enjoy surviving on a diet of beer and garlic fries, but a burger would be amazing. Are there secret vegan places at Quest as well that I don’t know about? Because I usually starve my way through Sounders games until I can get some vegan street meat outside the stadium.

  2. August 16th, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Helen says:

    The Natural is totally a hidden gem! I missed it my first trip there, even though I was looking for it (though I didn’t know where exactly — I just knew it was somewhere in Safeco). I’m wondering the same about Quest (though I’m ashamed to admit that I still haven’t been to a Sounders game) — I think I’d be much more inclined to wander about looking for food during a baseball game than a soccer game, since soccer games are action-packed and baseball can get a bit slooooow.

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