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Postby roninmedia » Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:44 pm

10 great places to relish fine stadium fare

"Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks" goes the line from baseball anthem Take Me Out to the Ball Game. But nowadays, the menu at the ol' ballpark goes way beyond that: fish tacos, pierogies — even sushi. With baseball season scheduled to start this weekend, Kevin Reichard, founder of ballparkdigest.com, directs Ron Schoolmeester for USA TODAY to the best places for food fare and all the fixins' at stadiums nationwide.

AT&T Park
San Francisco


Reichard calls AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, a "foodie's delight." But he especially recommends Gilroy Garlic Fries and the Cha Cha Bowl. "Gilroy (Calif.) proclaims itself the garlic capital of the world, and that garlic is used to smother a plateful of fries." The Cha Cha Bowl, served at Orlando's BBQ on the centerfield promenade level, features blackened chicken, pineapple salsa, rice and beans. "We could steer you to another half-dozen notable food items at AT&T Park — Ghirardelli hot-fudge sundaes, a 40-clove garlic chicken sandwich from the Stinking Rose, ahi tuna sandwiches, portobello-mushroom burgers, anything at the Say Hey! Willie Mays Sausage stands, brisket sandwiches — and you'd come away impressed," Reichard says.

Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, Mo.


"Barbecue is an increasingly common item at ballparks, and the best that we've run across is the Gates BBQ served at Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Royals," Reichard says. "Try one of the beef, turkey or pork sandwiches; go for the side of BBQ beans and wash it down with a locally brewed Boulevard beer."

Dodger Stadium
Los Angeles


Lastly, that staple of any ballpark — the hot dog. It's tough to pick the best, Reichard concedes, but a particularly notable frank is the foot-long Dodger Dog, specially formulated by Farmer John for the Los Angeles Dodgers and found at most Dodger Stadium concession stands. "Eat one with relish and mustard. They were good enough for Cary Grant, they're good enough for you." The Fenway Frank served at the home of the Boston Red Sox is not to be missed, he says. They're still boiled and served on the split-top New England-style buns.

Petco Park
San Diego


The fish tacos at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, come from renowned local chain Rubio's. "Top them off with fresh handmade guacamole and salsa. They're served in only three La Comida stands, so they can be a little difficult to locate — but they're worth the work," Reichard says.

Safeco Field
Seattle


Sushi may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you head for a ballpark concession stand, but the Japanese delicacy has become more popular at stadiums nationwide and is not the novelty it once was, Reichard says. He's especially high on the sushi at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. "A dedicated stand serves all manner of sushi rolls, including the Ichi-roll (a spicy tuna roll), named for star Ichiro Suzuki." Beyond sushi, Safeco also features a wide variety of other highly regarded offerings that include Ivar Dogs (fried fish served on a hot-dog bun, slathered with tartar sauce) from Ivar's Acres of Clams, as well as what Reichard calls "the best burgers in the majors" — the Kidd Valley burgers from the locally acclaimed chain of hamburger joints.

PNC Park
Pittsburgh


"Heart attack on a bun" is how Reichard describes the steak sandwich served at the Primanti Brothers stand at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. "Featuring steak, coleslaw, cheese and french fries, it's designed as a total meal in a single sandwich." Perfect with a locally brewed Iron City beer.

Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia


Similarly guaranteed to clog your arteries: the Schmitter, sold at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. "Yes, you could opt for a cheesesteak from Geno's Steaks or Tony Luke's at the ballpark, but why bother when you can have a cheesesteak on steroids?" Reichard asks. Indeed, the Schmitter has it all: fried salami, steak, three slices of cheese, fried onions, tomatoes and a special sauce.

Jacobs Field
Cleveland


Buy me some peanuts and pierogies? Only in Cleveland. Pierogies are potato- and cheese-filled dumplings of Eastern European origin — and worth a trip to the concession stand at Jacobs Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. "In a ballpark that sometimes resembles more a food court than a sporting facility, pierogies are the most notable items in the Jacobs Field food lineup," Reichard says.

Coors Field
Denver


OK, this one may be a little hard to swallow, but Rocky Mountain oysters are the food item to search out at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. Oysters not in the traditional sense, mind you. Hereabouts, they're calf testicles, cut in half and deep-fried. "They're not as horrid as you might think — a little lighter and less dense than most fans would anticipate," Reichard says. We'll take his word for it.

Miller Park
Milwaukee


Sausage of all sorts rule at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. "You could opt for mustard as a condiment, but do as the locals do: Slather that sausage in Secret Stadium Sauce," Reichard suggests. "We're not quite sure what it's made from — it tastes like a mix of clam juice and sweetened tomato sauce — but it's best served warm. Wash it down with a Miller High Life or one of the uniformly great microbrews from Wisconsin's own New Glarus Brewing Co."
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Postby Art Vandelay » Fri Mar 30, 2007 4:46 pm

The guy is absolutely right about Pac Bell. Great food there. Good beer, too.
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Postby ramble2 » Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:14 pm

Miller Park serves New Glarus beer!?! That's outstanding!
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Postby seniorpaul » Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:32 pm

Ahh Miller Park. Not only do they have fine beers, but the security guards are extra gentel when escorting you out. :-)
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Postby shmolex » Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:32 pm

Art Vandelay wrote:The guy is absolutely right about Pac Bell. Great food there. Good beer, too.


defenitely. The calamari behind the center field bleachers is amazing.
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:48 pm

mm.... Calf testicles.
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Postby Art Vandelay » Fri Mar 30, 2007 6:56 pm

eftda wrote:
shmolex wrote:
Art Vandelay wrote:The guy is absolutely right about Pac Bell. Great food there. Good beer, too.


defenitely. The calamari behind the center field bleachers is amazing.



I'll have to try that sometime. I usually end up buying my lunch/dinner at the safeway across the street.


That's usually what I do as well. I've found the cheapest way to get an amount of food that will actually fill you up at a game is to get a clam chowder bread bowl. The last time I was there they ran $5.50 or $6.50, and if you eat the bread after the soup's gone, it's a hearty meal.
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Postby Jiu » Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:20 pm

I nominate the Roger's Centre in Toronto for the ballpark with the worst food. Absolutely terrible and overpriced.

I'm so jealous of all the great sounding items at those other parks (except for the calf testicles). :-P
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Postby bdrotoronto » Fri Mar 30, 2007 11:30 pm

Jiu wrote:I nominate the Roger's Centre in Toronto for the ballpark with the worst food. Absolutely terrible and overpriced.

Yes, you are correct. :,-(

I've been to several other ballparks around the major leagues, and the concessions at each and every one of them put the Skydome to shame. I thought San Francisco and Baltimore were especially good. I'm surprised Camden Yards isn't listed here.
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