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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 24, 2018

Baseball food

By Derek Helling

Baseball, in my humble opinion, is immensely more enjoyable as a spectator if done at the park than on television or radio in my opinion. One of the myriad of reasons why is because of the food that is available at the various parks.
Complaints are often levied about the cost of food and beverages at Major League Baseball parks. You are buying more than the food, however. You are paying for the convenience of having the food available right there in the park, along with the experience that you may not be able to get anywhere else. If that’s not enough of a justification, think of it as helping support the families of those who work concessions in the stadiums.
In the interest of making food an experience, most MLB teams have food items that are only available within the confines of their stadiums, which surely shouldn’t be missed if you make a trip to these parks.
I’m going to take you through some of my personal favorites, found at MLB parks across the nation, in no particular order.
Coming to mind first is the Capicola and Cheese by Primanti Bros. at PNC Park, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. On top of half of a piece of French bread comes spicy ham, provolone, tomatoes, secret recipe cole slaw and steak fries.
In Tampa Bay, if you go to Tropicana Field, you can partake in the Fan vs. Food Burger. It’s 4 pounds of ground beef before cooking, a giant bun, cheese, onions, tomatoes and lettuce. If you can put it and a pound of fries down before the final out of the game, you will be rewarded with a T-shirt and two tickets to a future Rays game.
Heading into Arlington, Texas, you won’t find a more imaginative item than the Sausage Sundae. While you watch the Rangers play you can enjoy this concoction of a peppery sausage link split in half on top of mashed potatoes. Macaroni and cheese with chopped brisket, parsley and of course a cherry tomato serve as toppings.
Drive up to Kansas City and find your way to Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Royals. There you can purchase the Cheesy Brisket-acho. Tortilla chips laid in a pile topped with corn mixed in cheese sauce acts as a bed for Kansas City-style brisket, sour cream, chives, jalapenos and black olives.
If you keep heading northeast, eventually you will hit Miller Park, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Between watching the at-bats you can attempt to tackle what is simply called, “The Beast.” The workers there take a foot-long hot dog and stuff it inside a bratwurst. They then wrap that in bacon and fry it up. After cooking, it is topped with onion, sauerkraut and secret stadium sauce inside a bun. Good luck eating the whole thing yourself.
This article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the home of my favorite baseball team, the Miami Marlins, and Marlins Park. Your best bet there is the shrimp burger at Burger 305. This is a grilled patty made from two different kinds of shrimp. They put that on a homemade roll with lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos and an aioli made from key limes.
If you’re still alive after having sampled all of this, rejoice in the knowledge that there are still 24 other ballparks with other amazing selections. Baseball is a beautiful thing.