Marination Mobile has served its extraordinarily popular tacos and sliders across Seattle, but this summer will mark the first time the concept will have a permanent waterfront presence.
A year after establishing a storefront in Capitol Hill, Marination is readying to take over the concession at Seacrest Boathouse in a move that struck everyone but loyal partisans of former vendor Alki Crab and Fish as downright brilliant. Settling on the water's edge allows Marination's laid-back, Hawaiian-Korean cuisine to reach its natural beachy conclusion.
But for eaters who don't have the luxury of a West Seattle lunch, there's a hint of surf in Marination's menu items no matter where they're served. And while there aren't any duds in the bunch, my orders usually start with kalbi tacos, a discussion-ending exposition of what garlic, soy and a grill can do for beef. The meat's tender, the slaw's crisp, the mayo-based sauce is tangy and the corn tortillas enveloping them are always warm. Patrons of Marination Station have discovered it pairs perfectly with beer; here's betting Seacrest Park visitors discover the tacos go equally well with a view.