Seattleite Foodie: Former Mariners Pitcher, Garrett Olson Shares His Picks

Photo: Seattle Mariners, Garrett Olson

Baseball fans will definitely miss former Seattle Mariners pitcher, Garrett Olson, but before he took off to Pittsburgh, he dished out a few of his all time favorite Seattle foodie hotspots. In fact, Garrett found it hard to limit himself when we asked him for just three recommendations!

Photo: Seattle Mariners, Garrett Olson

THE CURVEBALL: Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge

Olson recommends Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge in lower Queen Anne as an all-around great place to eat. “They have an amazing carne asada,” says Olson. This  steak dish from Peso’s is now a famous and original classic. “While you wait for this delicious dish, they serve great chips and salsa … [you can also order] their jalapeno poppers.” The chevre-stuffed jalapeno poppers are wrapped with Hempler’s smoky bacon for a rich, spicy appetizer.

To wash it all down? “I’m not normally a hard-alcohol sipper, but [Peso’s] has a super Anejo tequila that is really good,” he said. According to Olson, the restaurant has a great ambiance, good music and a fun, young crowd that makes it a hit place after a game or practice with the Mariners.

BASES LOADED: Serious Pie

Tom Douglas makes Garrett Olson’s list as a fun date night suggestion with Serious Pie. “They have six phenomenal different kinds of pizza,” says Olson, recommending the sweet fennel sausage pizza with roasted peppers and provolone, or the pizza with penn cove clam, house pancetta, and lemon thyme. “The cannoli is pretty solid for dessert,” Olson adds. They don’t take reservations, and because the place is normally busy, Olson suggests getting there early to avoid waiting too long for a table.

GRAND SLAM: Canlis

Not surprisingly, this pro-baseball pitcher recommends Canlis as his favorite dinner eatery. From the view of Lake Union, to the service, the food and wine, “Everything is amazing,” Olson said, praising Canlis’ black truffle gnocci or muscovy duck as an entree. He suggests allowing the sommelier to select the most complementary glass of wine for each dish, and because Canlis has more tahn 2,500 selections, the sommelier may be the best option for beverage selection prowess!