The best bites in baseball
April 12th, 2012
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

Now that we’ve celebrated Opening Day, it’s time to start talking about the real news this baseball season. No, nothing about Marlins' manager Ozzie Guillen’s political opinions, or how long it will take the Boston Red Sox to have a winning record.

The real news is how exponentially better it is to eat and drink in baseball stadiums than ever before. No doubt, ballpark food has been steadily improving for years (credit Boog’s BBQ in Camden Yards in the 90s with starting the trend). But this is the best time ever to be eating and drinking while you keep your eyes on home plate.

Marlins Park - Miami, Florida
Major League Baseball’s brand-newest stadium boasts the Taste of Miami Food Court which means outstanding local specialties like Cuban sandwiches and ham croquettes from Latin American Grill and Papo Llega y Pon’s ridiculously good roast pork sandwiches.

The Marlins are also being supremely good hosts, featuring signature dishes from the visiting teams’ cities when that team rolls into Marlins Park. Say the Red Sox are in town - you’ll find lobster rolls. The Brewers means bratwurst. For some teams, that dish might be a little more obscure: When the St. Louis Cardinals were in town for opening day, the special was the city's beloved dish - toasted ravioli.

Rangers Ballpark - Arlington, Texas
Look for several new options at the Texas Rangers Ballpark. Notably the $26 Champion Dog, a.k.a. the Boomstick. It’s a two-foot long, one-pound hot dog on a custom baked bun with cheese, jalapenos, sautéed onions and chili, with fries on the side.

For reference, a two-foot-long hot dog is roughly two-thirds the length of a baseball bat. And supposedly it serves three to four fans, but in Texas where they do things so big, I’d guess a two-foot-long dog is a single serving.

Angel Stadium - Anaheim, California
This year, the Los Angeles Angels are taking their local drink very seriously. The Orange County Register reports on a new stand specializing in craft beer, called Draft Pick (how brilliant is that name?). Draft Pick is serving on-tap selections from Bootlegger's Brewery, like the German-style unfiltered wheat beer Old World Hefeweizen and the award-winning Amarillo pale ale and Orange wheat beers from Hangar 24.

Great American Ball Park - Cincinnati, Ohio
Say you want to watch the Cincinnati Reds play at home but eat like you’re at the state fair. You’ll be happy to know about the Great American Ball Park’s new State Fair Stand. Look for lots of fried options: deep-fried pickles; fried bologna sandwiches; fried dough; fried tortillas with a banana inside.

Likewise, the stadium’s sports bar Machine Room has a brand new menu this year, with dishes like the Skinny Legs signature hot dog with arugula, avocado, roasted corn and lime mayo. And if you want more hot dog options, try the stadium’s Food Network Hot Dog bar, which has both traditional and creative toppings for the Queen City dog.

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  3. robbie king

    26 dollars for a f-ing hot dog? that my friends is an example of what is wrong with america......

    April 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • robbie king

      and by the way...i don't care if the hot dog is 10 ft long, i'm not paying 26 bills for it

      April 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  4. Mike S.

    What about the Schmitter at Citizen's Bank Park in Philly?

    April 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  5. Craig in KC

    Gotta include the Sheboygan at the "K" in Kansas City. Huge brat covered in peppers, onions and kraut, then topped off with Boulevard spicy mustard. No trip to the ballpark is complete without one.

    April 13, 2012 at 7:25 am |
  6. Bryan

    WHAT!!!! How do you mention Cincy and NOT mention Skyline Chili!!

    April 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • Johnny Bench

      Don't remind me of Skyline chili..I've still got stains in my Baseball Uniform from that stuff.

      April 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  7. Lynn Walker

    How could you leave out the garlic fries at AT&T Park? The best ballpark food anywhere!

    April 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • QDV

      Those garlic fries are -evil!- I was in SF for a Giants/Dodgers doubleheader a few years ago, and am still telling friends "You gotta try those fries when you see the Giants."

      April 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  8. Dan

    Yanks fan here, but CitiField has got to be up there with Shake Shack and Blue Smoke BBQ. The line at Shake Shack is easily 2 innings long.........

    April 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  9. tom118

    Anyone know if Atlanta still has the worst food in MLB?

    April 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • Mike

      Seattle's hot dog buns are so stale they crumble into pieces when you take a bite.

      April 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
      • Tal

        Why would anyone get a hot dog at Safeco? Try Ivar's (fish n chips), Grounders/Kidd Valley (burgers and garlic fries), Holy Smoke! (bbq sandwiches), or Rice N Roll (Japanese) for the good stuff. Or spruce it up a bit and reserve a table a the Hit It Here Cafe overlooking left field. So many better options than hot dogs....not to mention the 30+ beers on tap in The 'Pen in center field.

        April 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Kev

      Turner Field has some pretty great BBQ and bison burgers.

      April 15, 2012 at 12:55 am |
  10. g

    Oh, how i wish I was back in SoCal at an Angels game to enjoy Hangar24 beer from my hometown of Redlands!

    April 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  11. Butthead

    hey .... how you all doing?

    April 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  12. Weepy Reese

    "For reference, a two-foot-long hot dog is roughly the length of a baseball bat."

    Nice journalism.

    April 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Dana

      It says "roughly two-thirds the length of a baseball bat" which is fairly accurate.

      Nice quoting.

      April 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
      • LOL

        LOL +1

        April 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Editing mistake. Fixed. Thanks!

      April 12, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
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