Every season thousands of hungry football fans make the lonely pilgrimage up the CenturyLink Field stands in search of an overpriced remedy for their grumbling bellies. Stadium food has vastly improved over the years in response to the growing number of people describing themselves as “foodies” in their OkCupid profiles. And at the Clink, it's about to get even better.
With considerable hyperbole, we'll g'head and say the edible new additions for the upcoming Seahawks season are no mere step, but a giant leap stadium cuisine. The splashiest new add is Din Tai Fung, the Taiwanese soup dumpling chain that now has three Seattle locations. If the throngs of dumpling hounds flocking to the latest University Village location are an indicator, expect the stadium outposts in sections 230 and 332 to be equally as popular. It may even be worth missing a dazzling Doug Baldwin touchdown grab for (well, maybe).
But perhaps just as cool, the team also announced a partnership with Josh Henderson, food dude behind Vestal, nearby souped-up sports bar Quality Athletics and others. The chef will head up a new Stadium Street Market in section 115 that will feature four different local chefs each game bringing tastes of their respective restaurants to the stadium. A similar sounding Night Market will slide into the West Field Plaza with more of a global twist, highlighting restaurants from the International District, Pioneer Square and SoDo specifically.
Proving the marketablility of novelty mash-up foods JUST WON'T DIE, something called a “pho rito” will debut from Pho Cyclo in section 105. As the name implies, it's some type of cross between the soul-soothing noodle soup and a burrito. (Speaking of burritos, fans of the rice-and-bean gut-bombs will want to peep this cool Ballard event Saturday.) We'll reserve judgment, but color us skeptical.
Additionally, a second Tapped & Corked bar slinging local craft beer and wine will open in section 139, while and a walk-in Elysian bar will be added in section 309.
And after eating and drinking your way through the stadium's new treats, fans will be able to relieve themselves in one of the 79 new toilets added to the men's and women's restrooms on the upper level. That may be the most valuable new feature of all.