7 MLB Ballparks With Gourmet Food: What’s on the Menu?
Hot dogs and beer, peanuts and Cracker Jack. The classic ballpark foods have a certain understated simplicity. But if you’re settling in for a nine-inning game, sometimes a sausage on a bun just isn’t going to cut it, unless you’re ordering the Broomstick, a two-foot-long, one-pound monstrosity available at Texas Rangers games.
To satisfy the appetite of hungry fans, baseball stadiums around the country have beefed up their food offerings in recent years. Often that means over-the-top, indulgent snacks, like the deep-fried nachos on a stick at Milwaukee’s Miller Park or the four-pound Fan vs. Food burger available at Tampa Bay Rays games.
If you prefer to choose your food based on how it tastes rather than how much it weighs, you might feel that you’ll just need to resign yourself to eating before or after the game. Fortunately, an increasing number of ballparks are offering food that will satisfy the more discerning palate. From ceviche in Miami to grass-fed burgers in Denver, here are some of the tastiest foods you can get at seven American baseball stadiums.
1. Marlins Park
If you want your baseball snacks with a little Latin flavor, Miami’s Marlins Park is the place to go. Ceviche, empanadas, arepas, tamales, and cachitos are all on the menu at Taste of Miami, along with a salmon minuta sandwich, conch fritters, and a Cuban sandwich.
Food vendors caters to other tastes as well. Kosher Korner serves up items a hot pastrami sandwich and knish, and Gluten Free has hot dogs, nachos, beer that even those with celiac disease can enjoy. If you need something sweet, there’s a gelato stand as well as freshly squeezed juices and smoothies at Diamond Juice.
2. AT&T Park
San Francisco is a foodie town, so it’s no surprise that the Giants home offers a range of tasty dining options. The Crazy Crab’z Sandwich – Dungeness crab and tomato on sourdough – is a signature item at the park. NPR declared it “spectacular stadium food.” There’s also a sushi bar as well as the Farmer’s Market Cart, where you’ll find items like Gruyere grilled cheese and local wine.
If you’re really passionate about locally grown food, you’ll want to dine at either Hearth Table or Garden Table, two bistros where much of the food is made using produce grown in the park’s edible garden. It doesn’t get more San Francisco than that.
3. Petco Park
The team may be lackluster, but the dining options at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, may make up for it. Whether you are craving ahi poke tacos (The Patio in Left Field), shrimp avocado salad (Anthony’s Fish Grotto), or truffle popcorn (Club 19), non-hot-dog eaters are sure to find something to sink their teeth into here, at Eater’s roundup of park concessions shows.
For casual dining with a local flavor, the park is also home to outposts of several San Diego restaurant institutions, including Hodad’s, a burger joint that’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, CNN, the Travel Channel, and Lucha Libre Taco Shop. And in Miami, there’s also a stand that serves gluten-free versions of hot dogs, burgers, and pretzels.
4. Target Field
Whether you are craving a Minnesota classic like fried walleye or have a hankering for Indian cuisine, you can find it at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. Rick Nelson, food critic for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, recommends the Korean fried chicken sandwich at Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen, calling it a “don’t miss food experience.”
Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel, in turn suggests that baseball fans chow down on the 60/40 burgers (60% beef and 40% bacon) at Red Cow and then wash down their meal with a local beer from Surly Brewing or Lift Bridge Brewing.
5. Turner Field
Food & Wine named the burger at Atlanta gastropub Holeman & Finch Public House one of the best in America. You could head to the restaurant in the Buckhead neighborhood to try it yourself, or you could just grab one at a Braves game. The burgers are available at three locations in Atlanta’s Turner Field.
If you’re craving something a little bit sweet to balance out your burger, try Frozen Pints craft beer ice cream. Single-serve treats are available in flavors like Milk Chocolate Stout and Honey IPA.
6. Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Baltimore is known for crab, and many food stands at Camden Yards incorporate the shellfish into their menu items. Orioles fans can nosh on Chesapeake fries (waffle fries topped with crab dip) at the Flying Dog Grill, a crab mac-n-cheese dog at the Esskay Gourmet hot dog stand, a jumbo crab pretzel, or just plain old crab cakes.
For those not in the mood for seafood, there are options aplenty. Former All-Star Boog Powell dishes up barbecue at his food stand (and signs autographs), the Chipper serves up kettle chips with toppings like bacon and pulled pork, and Ole Mole offers soft tacos stuffed with fillings like barbacoa and pulled chicken, Eater reports.
7. Coors Field
Yes, you can get Rocky Mountain oysters (deep-fried bull testicles) at Coors Field, but they’re hardly the only item on the menu in the Mile-High City ballpark. Colorado Rockies fans know to head to the Rooftop, where they can chow down on grass-fed burgers at CHUBurger and sip a variety of craft beers like Dale’s Pale Ale, Ranger IPA, and Odell 90 Shilling, plus all the usual suspects from Coors.
For a slightly more formal dining experience, make a reservation at the Mountain Ranch Club, where chefs cook up dishes made with vegetables and herbs from an on-site garden.
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