Tuesday, May 10, 2011


So I’d been hearing a lot about Marination Mobile since I moved back to Seattle last summer. It’s one of the city’s premier food trucks; their Hawaiian-Korean tacos even won them national recognition as “America’s Best Food Truck” from a Good Morning America competition last year. Their truck has a weekly schedule, setting up shop in a different part of the city each day of the week, yet I've never seemed to be in the right place at the right time.

So I was quite happy to learn they were opening Marination Station, a new brick & mortar location (which just opened a few weeks ago) along the Pike/Pine corridor on Capitol Hill.

The space is small, about 8 counter seats that look out the windows and a bit of room to line up, place orders, and wait. We got there just before the lunch rush, but 5 or 6 people were already scattered across the counter seats eating. Some seats freed up while we were waiting in line and seats seemed to open up pretty steadily while we were there (they have a few seats outside, but the weather was still too cold, grey, and breezy at 11:40am). The place was packed by the time we left though, with close to 20 people either eating, waiting in line, or waiting for their order to come up.

Kalua Pork Slider – tender, sweet/spicy shredded pork, topped with slaw
on a Hawaiian sweet roll.

Tacos (Kalbi Beef Shortrib, Pork Bulgogi, Miso Ginger Chicken) – in two corn tortillas and topped with slaw. Served with limes and thin-sliced pickled jalapenos.

All of the meats were remarkably tender and moist and with good flavor. I thought overall things leaned more towards the sweeter Hawaiian side rather than the Korean spiciness, but everything was quite tasty. They have bottles of rooster sauce (sriracha) for those looking for extra kick, but I decided to just stick with the pickled jalapenos. Their signature slaw, which happened to be garnishing my entire order, is less southern BBQ sidedish and more like a lighter version of ‘do chua,’ the pickled daikon and carrots you find on Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches. I love slaw but I may love do chua even more so I was more than happy to have the slaw everywhere. The four items came in under $10 and was plenty of food.

I’ll definitely be making some future visits to Marination to try some other menu items like the SPAM sliders and the kimchi fried rice with fried egg. They serve beer too (no beer at the truck apparently), so when the weather warms up this place will be perfect for summer.

Marination Station
SW corner of Pike & Broadway (above QFC)
Seattle, WA

- Jordan
supermouthhappy Web Developer