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What to Eat and Drink While Cheering on the Sounders in the MLS Cup Final

Get takeout early and calm those nerves with comfort food

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The Sounders are going for their third MLS Cup title and second in a row.
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This is huge. After a heartstopping comeback against Minnesota United FC launched them into the MLS Cup Final, the Sounders will take on the Columbus Crew Saturday in Ohio for all the marbles. The game starts at 5:30 p.m. local time (airing on FOX), which means there’s plenty of time to plan out a strong gameday spread. Since raucous hangouts at sports bars are just not an option during the pandemic, here are some options to fuel up while watching stressful soccer at home.

All places offer takeout, some have delivery, and a couple of spots have limited outdoor seating, with services noted. This should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on local coronavirus cases, please visit the official King County’s COVID page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Beardslee Public House

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Bothell’s popular brewpub — which had a concession at the Field Formerly Known As CenturyLink — is known for well-crafted dishes and extensive selection of beer. It’s currently offering a take-home “tailgate kit,” with Buffalo wings, tater tots, jumbo pretzels, and chili. There are also bottled cocktails and crowlers to go.

Don Lucho's Restaurant & Pisco Bar

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In honor of Sounders star Raúl Ruidíaz and his home country, Maple Leaf’s Peruvian restaurant is worth checking out. To-go sandwiches great for snacking (or a full meal) include lomo saltado and a satisfying chicharron variety topped with yams, sarza criolla and rocoto or aji amarillo sauce. There’s also limited patio dining.

The Atlantic Crossing

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Pre-pandemic, Roosevelt’s official Sounders bar would be rowdy for regular season games, and even now it has some outdoor seating with TVs tuned in. But it has also adjusted to the takeout world, with its menu of pub grub (including an Impossible burger breakfast sandwich) and brunch cocktail kits to go.

Watson's Counter

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Ballard’s Korean brunch destination is owned by an official Sounders Alliance member (basically, a superfan who bought season tickets). It also has some seriously solid pre-game food, particularly the barbecue plate, with roasted pork, samjang, and various kimchi, or one of the excellent Benedicts.

Byen Bakeri

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Gustav Svensson scored the winning goal against Minnesota in the Western Conference Final, so it may be good to carry that karma over to the final with some Swedish specialties from this delightful bakery. Among the options are a kladdkaka (Swedish gooey cake) and a turkey sandwich on Swedish rye bread served with lingonberry jam and cardamom mayo.

Premier Meat Pies

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This stand located at Pier 54 serves up classic British pies, such as shepherd’s pie and an Irish stew pie made with Guiness (of course). Though it’s all about the Premier League branding, rather than Major League Soccer, soccer fans will no doubt appreciate the sporty vibe.

The Barbeque Pit

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This longtime favorite serves up wonderfully smoky ribs and hot links with real kick from owner Edward “Pookey” Whitfield. All the dishes are worth trying out, and go great with pregame beers.

Swagg ‘N’ Wagon

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There are lots of options for great chicken wings across the city, but West Seattleites may want to check out this food truck that serves up some fantastically seasoned versions, with just the right amount of kick. Those who want a little extra oomph can order the spicy Swagg sauce, available now in bottles. The waffle fries are legit, too.

Rookies Sports Bar and Grill

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Columbia City’s reliable jock spot serves solid bar bites (such as the Irish nachos, topped with beer cheese and shredded corned beef) and stiff drinks. The tacos are usually hit, as are the jalapeños stuffed with goat cheese, and there is some limited outdoor seating on the sidewalk with the TVs in full view.

Georgetown Brewing Co

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Those looking to stock up the fridge with growlers and six-packs likely won’t go wrong with one of Seattle’s all-time favorite breweries. Available at the taproom are its usual lineup of Point Break-inspired brews (Johnny Utah pale ale, Bodhizafa IPA), along with some seasonal offerings, like the Pirate Captain dark lager and the crushable December IPA.

Beardslee Public House

Bothell’s popular brewpub — which had a concession at the Field Formerly Known As CenturyLink — is known for well-crafted dishes and extensive selection of beer. It’s currently offering a take-home “tailgate kit,” with Buffalo wings, tater tots, jumbo pretzels, and chili. There are also bottled cocktails and crowlers to go.

Don Lucho's Restaurant & Pisco Bar

In honor of Sounders star Raúl Ruidíaz and his home country, Maple Leaf’s Peruvian restaurant is worth checking out. To-go sandwiches great for snacking (or a full meal) include lomo saltado and a satisfying chicharron variety topped with yams, sarza criolla and rocoto or aji amarillo sauce. There’s also limited patio dining.

The Atlantic Crossing

Pre-pandemic, Roosevelt’s official Sounders bar would be rowdy for regular season games, and even now it has some outdoor seating with TVs tuned in. But it has also adjusted to the takeout world, with its menu of pub grub (including an Impossible burger breakfast sandwich) and brunch cocktail kits to go.

Watson's Counter

Ballard’s Korean brunch destination is owned by an official Sounders Alliance member (basically, a superfan who bought season tickets). It also has some seriously solid pre-game food, particularly the barbecue plate, with roasted pork, samjang, and various kimchi, or one of the excellent Benedicts.

Byen Bakeri

Gustav Svensson scored the winning goal against Minnesota in the Western Conference Final, so it may be good to carry that karma over to the final with some Swedish specialties from this delightful bakery. Among the options are a kladdkaka (Swedish gooey cake) and a turkey sandwich on Swedish rye bread served with lingonberry jam and cardamom mayo.

Premier Meat Pies

This stand located at Pier 54 serves up classic British pies, such as shepherd’s pie and an Irish stew pie made with Guiness (of course). Though it’s all about the Premier League branding, rather than Major League Soccer, soccer fans will no doubt appreciate the sporty vibe.

The Barbeque Pit

This longtime favorite serves up wonderfully smoky ribs and hot links with real kick from owner Edward “Pookey” Whitfield. All the dishes are worth trying out, and go great with pregame beers.

Swagg ‘N’ Wagon

There are lots of options for great chicken wings across the city, but West Seattleites may want to check out this food truck that serves up some fantastically seasoned versions, with just the right amount of kick. Those who want a little extra oomph can order the spicy Swagg sauce, available now in bottles. The waffle fries are legit, too.

Rookies Sports Bar and Grill

Columbia City’s reliable jock spot serves solid bar bites (such as the Irish nachos, topped with beer cheese and shredded corned beef) and stiff drinks. The tacos are usually hit, as are the jalapeños stuffed with goat cheese, and there is some limited outdoor seating on the sidewalk with the TVs in full view.

Georgetown Brewing Co

Those looking to stock up the fridge with growlers and six-packs likely won’t go wrong with one of Seattle’s all-time favorite breweries. Available at the taproom are its usual lineup of Point Break-inspired brews (Johnny Utah pale ale, Bodhizafa IPA), along with some seasonal offerings, like the Pirate Captain dark lager and the crushable December IPA.

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