Listen — a million seagulls can’t be wrong.
The latest taste treat at Seattle’s Safeco Field? It’s toasted grasshoppers in lime sauce. According to legend, seagulls saved the Mormons in Utah by gobbling up a swarm of locusts that threatened crops in 1848. So I’d watch the sky and cover my bowl if buying these at Seattle’s waterside ballpark — $4 per serving at the concession stand behind home plate.
“They are a one-of-a-kind snack that the fans will really love — either on a taco or on their own,” said Steve Dominguez, Centerplate general manager at Safeco Field. “It’s a testament to our relationship with the Mariners to be bold and creative with bringing in new local partners that really embody the Seattle culinary scene.”
That’s an exaggeration. There are a couple of places in Seattle that serve bugs, but it’s not like all of the restaurants there are sticking butterfly nets out their kitchen windows waiting for appetizers to fly by.
Poquitos, an upscale Mexican restaurant, serve chapulines (grasshoppers), a dish popular in Mexico that tastes like flour. The best is Nue on Capitol Hill, which has water bugs. They’re about four inches long, winged, and you need to suck the meat from their abdomens. Mmmm.
Grasshoppers, like many insects, are filled with protein. They are advertised on the Poquitos menu as “gluten free.”
Probably a lot healthier than their nachos.
What bugs could fans in other ballparks eat? Here are some suggestions: