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New Name, New Food: T-Mobile Park debuts fresh menu for upcoming Mariners season

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No matter how the M's do this season, if you attend a game you'll sure be eating well! Paseo Caribbean, Li'l Woody's and Fat's Chicken are all newly coming to the stadium for the 2019 season, and Centerplate will be continuing their partnership with Chef Ethan Stowell. Updates to the menu include Paseo sandwiches, fish roe fries (?), Grand Salami Sandwich as a tribute to Dave Niehaus, gluten-free and vegan items, and even Met Market's 'The Cookie'. (Image: Sunita Martini / Seattle Refined)

It's a lineup loaded with heavy hitters.

The Mariners are celebrating the debut of T-Mobile Park with some serious local flavor.

"One of the things that's great about Seattle is we've got really highly educated diners. They know what good quality is, so that makes our job a lot easier," said celebrated chef and restaurateur Ethan Stowell. "We try to keep things simple but use really high quality ingredients and go from there."

Stowell consults with the Mariners on the food and beverage options at the ballpark.

"Every year we're working on new things. This year what I'm excited about is I got a bunch of my chef friends in to design burgers for the Hit it Here Cafe," Stowell told us.

The rotating menu includes contributions for Lark's John Sundstrom, Maria Hines of Tilth, Mitch Mayers of Sawyer and Canlis' Brady Williams. And the Hit it Here Cafe is now home to some more adventurous options like KuKu fries, french fries topped with togarashi, red tobiko, chili sauce, horseradish crema and chives.

Celebrated sandwich shop Paseo will be serving up Caribbean roast sandwiches and roasted corn in Edgar's Cantina. And down in The 'Pen two more local favorites, Fat's Chicken and Li'l Woody's.

"We use all-natural grass fed Painted Hills beef from Oregon, the buns are from Tacoma...we use Tillamook cheddar, so everything is as local and fresh as possible," said Marcus Lalario, owner of Li'l Woody's.

Of course, the Big Woody burger is a hit, and so is the '95 Slide, a sweet-salty mashup.

"Basically it's just fries you dip in a [Full Tilt Ice Cream] milkshake," Lalario explained. "It's something I came up with as a kid being broke. You've got $2, you're at Wendy's, you get a frosty and fries. That's how it happened."

If you're craving a treat, Metropolitan Market's "Cookie" is available at Frozen Rope near section 132. Shug's Soda Fountain & Ice Cream is setting up shop in section 152 and The 'Pen. They're serving up prosecco floats and cold brew affogato along with hand-scooped ice cream from Lopez Island Creamery.

"We have to bring something that will encourage people to try something new and some classics to keep the whole family happy," said Colleen Wilkie, co-owner of Shug's.

That's really the best way to describe the entire food lineup at T-Mobile Park. It's focused on local flavors and there's most definitely something for everybody.

Put simply, it's a grandslam.

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