Where to Eat Before the Game

To all Sounders, Mariners and Seahawks fans: Not to suggest that garlic fries and hot dogs aren’t amazing - but we thought you might like to explore a few places off the beaten path, where you can refresh your palate (without relinquishing your paycheck) before a game.

Fuji Sushi
Try the bento box with sushi at this spot in the International District. It’s fresh, generous and filling; we like it with fried shrimp. International District, 520 S Main St., 206.624.1201, fujisushiseattle.com

This bar is a local favorite for many reasons: the free baskets of peanuts, the dazzling selection of taps, decent pizza, and bartenders who still call you "sweetie" even when they're rushed by the pre-game crowds. SoDo, 1721 1st Ave. S, 206.264.2428, hoovervillebar.com

Henry’s Taiwan
If you’re in the neighborhood for something under $5, order the beef bing – a big juicy dumpling unlike any other. International District, 502 S King St., 206.624.2611.  

Sub Sand
Try the meticulously made barbecued pork banh mi, packed with extra pickled veggies. International District, 419 6th Ave S, 206.682.1267

Pho Cycle
Mentioned in our Best Restaurants issue by not one–but two—Chefs (including Tom Douglas) as a place they personally go for good, inexpensive meals. A little bit more of a hike from the stadiums, but worth it if you need warming up before a winter game. SoDo, 2414 1st Avenue South, 206.382.9256, phocyclocafe.com

Marination Mobile
On Fridays, the most heavenly gift on wheels pulls up to serve tacos, sliders and more just adjacent to SafeCo Field and its parking garage. Try the ginger miso chicken tacos. Mobile food truck, Parks at Edgar Martinez & S Occidental on Fridays, marinationmobile.com

Many of these spots were included in our 2011 Best Restaurants story.