Oh yes, the Old Ball Game. Vegan Seattle Mariners fans rejoice! Your summer can now be filled with big ball parks, bright grass, and (actually edible) vegan food!
Since the new field opened, it has always had a “health” food stand call “The Natural” (har har) hidden behind some other food counters on the main concourse (near section 133). You can get gluten free goodies, a veggie dog, juice and the like there. But everyone who wanted really good food had to buy Field Roast sausage hot dogs from the street vendors outside or hope to be satisfied with peanuts and fries during those 4+ hour games.
Now Safeco field has partnered with Field Roast, our locally made vegan grain “meat” company, to offer up not just plain ol’ vegan wieners (they have those too), but vegan burgers and a rotation of special vegan hot dogs at “The All American Vegetarian“. There at two locations, one connected to The Natural and one on the 3rd level near section 329.
The Field Roast Frankfurter specials will include: The Seattle Chili Cheez Dog, The Bombay (curried chana dal , chutney, coconut sauce and fried curry leaves!), and The Ichiban.
During my recent trip I was happy they were serving the Ichiban special. It’s #1! A hotdog homage to our players hailing from Japan, it is covered in sweet grilled onions, carrots, daikon radish, nori, and drizzled with a little vegan mayo. I am huge fan of sweet Asian pickled things and seaweed, so I knew it would be just the kind of crazy combination that I’d adore. And I was right. Yum! But I can’t wait to try the chili cheez dog too.
Oh, and of course I am dying to try the vegan burger. I really haven’t found a standard vegan burger in our town that I actually like. They are either dried up Boca Patty’s or mushy bean patties. I heard from someone I trust (Dawn over at VeganMoxie.com) that the burger texture is really good. I can’t wait!
So sports fans: Next time you are hankering for some of America’s past time, I hope you find your way to the All American Vegetarian at Safeco for a creative or a familiar vegan hot dog. Tell me what you think. Oh, and if you want CentryLink Field to upgrade their abysmal cruelty-free food selection, just drop them a line.