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Edgar's Cantina
Edgar's Cantina
Photo: A. Garland

New concessions are all the rage at Safeco Field this season, and Seattle Weekly's Hanna Raskin finds out for herself which food items hit it out of the park in a surprisingly baseball pun-free review:

What Edgar's provides mostly is a great vantage point from which to watch the game, especially if you luck into a segment of the raised counter facing the field. For fans who get hungry, though, there are a number of excellent new food options this year, both within Edgar's and without.

Spoiler Alert: her favorite item was the lengua tacos.

The admirably juicy carne asada tacos at Edgar's are very, very good. But for spot-on beefy flavor, the best choice is the tacos made with tongue, an offbeat ingredient which seems unlikely to impress in a ballpark setting.

Don't even get her started on the vegan chili cheese dog from Field Roast.

The Stranger's Bethany Jean Clement checks out the new Thaiku on Phinney, which is the opposite of the old Thaiku in Ballard, so do not expect the same:

The menu has changed...but fans who miss their American-Thai-restaurant favorites should take a deep breath and read the note that says off-menu requests are a-okay. Your servers, too, will probably go out of their way to remind you that if you want your damned tom ka gai or fried rice, you may have it (without cursing you).

What is still intact is the bar—still called Fu Kun Wu— but now with more tiny. They also have several of the same dishes, like pad thai ($12), but "it's golden with tamarind instead of orange with ketchup," because the menu in general is more authentic:

Overall, Mai Thaiku has jettisoned things-smothered-in-coconut-milk in favor of more interesting, more delicious Thai food, the kind from street markets and from the northern region of Isan, which is closely related to Laos.

· In the Ballpark [Seattle Weekly]
· Freak Out! [The Stranger]
· All Week in Reviews [~ESEA~]
· Look Inside Edgar's Cantina at Safeco Field [~ESEA~]

Mai Thaiku

6705 Greenwood Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98103 206-706-7807 Visit Website