On Opening Night, got there early and marched straight to the Pen to check out the new, higher end eateries, before they were overwhelmed by the crowds. Cash register hadn't yet been unlocked at the Mexican torta place, so I went to Ethan Stowell's stand and ordered a burger. The bad part was that it was pre-made--they had several standing under heat lamps. So mine was warm, not hot, and the meat somewhat dry. I assume that as they get used to the ebbs and flows of Safeco,they'll figure out a way to fix that. Other than that, I thought the burger was excellent--6.5 oz of grass fed beef that actually tasted the way beef is supposed to. Good bun, thin slices of red onion, a larg'ish slice of tomato and butter lettuce--very fresh looking butter lettuce--not the same ol' iceberg, and several pickle slices. You can add your own mustard and/or catsup. All for $8.50, roughly a $1 more than the Kidd Valley also @Safeco. It was worth the extra dollar. I enjoyed it, and I don't eat burgers that much. The area where these new food stands are has been spiffed up a lot--much better lighting, so less like you're in a cave--and they've removed the wire fence overlooking the bullpens. So take your burger to whichever bullpen you want to see and watch the action! They also sold frites and hot dogs. Will have to try them sometime.
At the torta place they told me they cannot vary the ingredients of the sandwich. It does not contain any queso, but it does have sour cream. I explained I'm dairy intolerant and one of the servers said they would see if they could help me out, but since the cash register was stilled locked, I will have to try again and see if I can get a torta without sour cream. Ethan Stowell also has French crepes place with both sweet and savory crepes and there's a new pizza place.
All in all, this is a huge step upward for the food scene @Safeco. Patronize these folks--it's tough to make a go of it at the ballpark, particularly the way the M's seem to be playing so far this year. This particular area opens half an hour before any of the other gates @ Safeco, meaning 2.5 hours before game time, so this is one way that you can see M's batting practice.
1250 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134