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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.
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
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
Great American Ball Park - Cincinnati, Ohio
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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