Now that the MLB season is underway, fans across the nation can dig into one appetizing opject - ballpark food. Gone are the days when spectators only get to chow down on hot dogs & peanuts. As we mentioned earlier, the new Yankee Stadium will make fans hunger with its generous offerings for the grand gourmand.
But believe it or not, there are other ballparks besides the building in the Bronx, and these non-New York stadiums also serve up some scrumptious treats. And our buddies at REAL CLEAR SPORTS take a taste test of some of the finer foods you’ll find at America’s ball fields.
First off, the Philadelphia Phillies offer up The Schmitter, just your average everyday philly cheesesteak served with salami & even more cheese on a kaiser roll. At the other end of the Keystone State, the Pittsburgh Pirates present the Primanti Bros. Sandwich - meat, fries & slaw, all betweent the same two slices of bread.
A little farther west, the Cleveland Indians put out pierogies, cheese & potato dumplings served with sour cream & dumplings on the side. Or if you like your potatoes without the cheese but plenty of garlic, the San Francisco Giants invite you to raise a stink with their Gilroy Garlic Fries.
But if you need a more hearty meal, you’d be hard pressed to find one more filling than the Ybor City Cuban sandwich offered by Tampa Bay Rays - smoked ham, pork, salami, Swiss cheese, dill pickle & mustard all served on warm Cuban bread. For those who would like something a little lighter, the Seattle Mariners make it easier with a half-pound salmon sandwich.
Sick of sandwiches? The Houston Astros have the cure with their BBQ stuffed baked potato - a large tuber loaded with pulled pork, cheese & BBQ sauce and topped with onions & jalapeno peppers. And for something more exotic, why not order up some Rocky Mountain oysters at your next Colorado Rockies game? That would really take some balls - with a side of cocktail sauce.
And the New York Mets hope you left room for dessert, as they conjure up some cannolis, complete with blue & orange sprinkles.
Don’t let all these foodstuff varieties vex you - you can always play it safe and just chow down on an All-American hot dog. But when in San Diego, the Padres make their dogs with some Mexican flair - the Sonoran hot dog comes wrapped in bacon, stuffed with onions, tomatoes & pinto beans, and covered in ketchup, mustard, mayo & jalapeno sauce, all served on a potato bun.
However, if you like your weiners the old fashioned way, better head out to Fenway Park, as the Boston Red Sox are expected to sell the most hot dogs of any MLB ballpark this season - a fact some Chicagoans are finding hard to stomach.
So, next time you’re at Wrigley Field or U.S. Cellular Field, why not buy two dogs? The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council thanks you.