Ballpark Bites: Favorite Food Finds at the Baseball Game
It's opening day for Major League Baseball. Don't strike out with your food choices at the baseball game. We tracked down some of the best bites at ballparks from coast to coast, including creative and classic finds you could eat, along with the great options you should eat.
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You could eat: Sure, there are solid, well-battered fish tacos at this Downtown San Diego stadium – and they’re great.
You should eat: The best food for a summer evening at the park is a perfectly greasy California-style burger. Hodad’s, a favorite of Guy Fieri, has an outpost here in a converted trailer by the outfield. A cheeseburger will get you a puffy sesame-seed-topped bun with a well-griddled patty, a slick of cheddar, shredded iceberg, dill pickles and onion. It’s perfect to pair with the park's unrivaled list of microbrews from Stone, Ballast Point, Mission and beyond.
You could eat: The stadium serves LA-approved healthy acai bowls, as well as the cleverly named Buffalo-style Angel Wings.
You should eat: A ballpark outpost of local taqueria Chronic Tacos pays tribute to Southern California’s Mexican food scene. Though the line can get long, the reward is two corn tortillas with your choice of filling (choose the marinated, grilled carne asada), topped with cheese, onions, cilantro, lime, crema and salsa. There's also a choose-your-own tostada bowl.
You could eat: Giordano’s is the official pizza slinger at Chicago’s legendary park, serving 6-inch personal deep-dish pies that are an excellent — if messy — taste of the city.
You should eat: Wrigley has excellent hot dogs, including Chicago-style dogs and fan favorite Vienna Smokies, but the stadium's biggest draw may be the Hot Doug’s options, available in the bleachers. Go for the Barry Foote, a corned-beef sausage with Swiss cheese, Louie dressing and sauerkraut, ideally paired with Wrigley’s beloved Old Style beer.
You could eat: There’s an outpost of Shake Shack, with predictably great burgers, but the lengthy lines mean missing at least an inning.
You should eat: “Magician of Meat” Pat LaFrieda is making magic here, with a one-dish kiosk selling filet mignon sandwiches. Order one and you’ll get chopped, fresh-off-the-griddle Black Angus beef with Monterey Jack cheese and sauteed Vidalia onions, served au jus on a toasted local baguette.
You could eat: When in Miami, tuck into a Cubano. The Marlins’ version doesn't skimp; this griddled rendition is packed with thin-sliced ham, cheese and pickles.
You should eat: Get a little salsa flavor into your baseball concessions with the Miami Mex Taco Dog. The spicy love child of a taco and hot dog, this footlong frank packs in flavor, with braised chili con carne, cheese, slaw, charred-jalapeno-lime aioli and fresh salsa, all wrapped in a flour tortilla.
You could eat: Nachos loaded with beefy chili, real cheese, onions and chopped jalapenos from local chain Hard Times Cafe. Washington’s iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl also has a ballpark outpost, but we’ll cop to favoring the chili at Hard Times. If it’s a classic D.C. half-smoke you’re after, though, Ben’s is the spot.
You should eat: Any of the sandwich offerings at G by Mike Isabella, a stadium offshoot of the Top Chef alum’s popular 14th Street shop. Isabella’s subs are inventive but not too chef-y to inhale from your seat in the stands. The juicy chicken Parm does red sauce proud, the Italian is loaded with spicy cold cuts and the roasted cauliflower with romesco is a winning vegetarian option that will satisfy any hungry baseball fan.
For more picks at ballparks including Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium and PNC Park, check out the full gallery.
Photos courtesy of Chronic Tacos, Aramark, Levy Restaurants, Greg Powers