REVIEW: Marination Station

26 Apr

One of the most hotly anticipated restaurant to open in Seattle actually stems from a food truck. The Marination Mobile truck (“Big Blue” to fans) was voted America’s Best Food Truck by Good Morning America. The truck combines both Hawaiian and Korean flavors in the form of tacos, quesadillas and sliders, among others. It notifies customers by Twitter where it will park on a given day. Since its founding in 2009, business has taken off with lines of hungry lunch customers often stretching around the block.

Business was so good, in fact, that the truck was no longer enough. Owners Kamala and Roz opted to take their mobile business to a brick and mortar establishment. The result is Marination Station, which opened last week above QFC on Broadway in Capitol Hill.

The resulting space is cozy, with little seating. I ventured in before the lunch hour rush, but can only imagine what the space feels like when dozens of hungry people stream inside. Menus are on paper, allowing for easy passing between hungry customers while waiting in line. Perhaps the coolest part of the whole place are the two refrigerators in the space where people wait, which feature compliments of Marination Mobile from fans on Twitter and Facebook. Talk about 21st century communication!

For lunch, I opted for a kimchi quesadilla. Lots of kimchi, kalua pork, cilantro and other goodness. Served warm and absolutely delicious. My vote is you should all go to Marination Station as soon as possible. I didn’t even mention the fact that 50 Cent was the featured music while I waited for my food.

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