Baseball's best new bites
April 8th, 2013
11:30 AM ET
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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.

I can already tell it’s going to be a great year for baseball. Not just for teams like the Los Angeles Angels, Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers (models that I don’t understand predict they’ll be the best). It’s also going to be a terrific year for hungry baseball fans.

Stadium food isn’t necessarily cheap. Eatocracy recently asked, “Would you pay $16.50 for ballpark crab salad?” which is sold at the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park. (My answer would depend a lot on how many 14-ounce, $6.75 cups of stadium beer I’d drunk.)

But assuming I had a lot of money and a ticket to get into every ballpark across the nation, here are some of the new places around the country where I’d want to chow down.

H&F Burger - Turner Field: Atlanta, Georgia
Scoring one of Linton Hopkins’s super-fantastic burgers used to be a coup: He only makes 24 a night at 10 p.m. sharp at his excellent gastropub Holeman & Finch. Now Braves fans can get them at multiple locations at the stadium, including behind home plate (relatively speaking). But H&F hasn’t let go of the magic 24-burger number. According to Eater, at every home game 24 outfield seats will come with a Burger Fast Pass, or a guaranteed burger “reservation.” You can skip the long line and get a burger, which is included in the ticket price ($32).

Federal Donuts - Citizens Bank Park: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Michael Solomonov’s super-popular doughnuts and twice-fried chicken spot is opening another location and this one is well situated for Phillies fans. They’re serving three types of fried chicken (glazed, naked and dry-rubbed) as well as traditional hot doughnuts, including one with a TBD Phillies-themed flavor.

Pat LaFrieda’s Chop House - Citi Field: New York City
In honor of the Mets, the megabutcher has created the “Citi Field Amazin’ Burger” a 10-ounce blend of Black Angus boneless short rib and beef belly, topped with onion rings, compressed tomato and American cheese. It’s on offer at his new Chop House in the Delta Sky360° Club. La Frieda is flooding the stadium with meat: He’s also opening a second location of Pat LaFrieda’s Original Filet Mignon Steak Sandwich.

El Verano Taqueria Cantina - Citi Field: New York City
Clearly, I’ll have to be really hungry and thirsty when I hit Citi Field. The Shake Shack team has expanded its taqueria, adding a bar. Specialties include Fielder’s Choice Agua Fresca (tequila, watermelon juice and fresh mint), and snacks like slow-roasted spiced peanuts.

Burger Barn - U.S. Cellular Field: Chicago, Illinois
Not to be left out, White Sox fans now have the Comiskey Burger. It’s a singular mash-up of a Chicago-style hot dog with a burger: A double or triple cheeseburger topped with “Chitown Pico,” a relish-salsa concoction made with the Chicago Dog topping ingredients (sport peppers, green relish, diced tomato and onions) and topped with celery salt.

Phil’s BBQ - Petco Park: San Diego, California
The popular local BBQ chain opens inside the San Diego Padres’ home stadium on April 9. They’ll serve the Broham pulled pork sandwich, El Toro tri-tip sandwich, a quarter-rack of baby back ribs and Phil’s coleslaw. To make me like them even more, they’re also sponsoring an annual charity event at the park on June 24 to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters’ military mentoring program.

AZ Canteen - Target Field: Minneapolis, Minnesota
At last year’s Twins season opener, Andrew Zimmern complained about the food; this year he did something about it. Namely, he launched an outpost of his awesome food truck at the stadium, where he’s selling his cabrito butter burger, a goat blend with roasted tomatoes and grilled onions (“the finest burger in the land,” he says). Keep your eyes open for an expansion of the menu after a few more home games.

Dempsey’s Brew Pub - Camden Yards: Baltimore, Maryland
Last year I got obsessed with a new specialty at the home of the Orioles, bacon on a stick (that’s a stick of maple-glazed smoky slab bacon stuck into a bottle of Natty Boh beer, by the way). This year, the culinary team at Camden Yards has more genius ideas. The Walk Off is a ginormous sausage in a pretzel roll, slathered with Old Bay crab dip at Dempsey’s Brew Pub. You can also find crab-dip covered waffle fries and Rick Dempsey bobble-headed beer pulls.

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  1. Click to

    Generally I do not read article on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to take a look at and do so! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thanks, very great post.

    April 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
  2. PetePete1

    Hey CNN!,Why isn't there a food blog on the tool bar??

    April 9, 2013 at 12:49 am |
  3. park city brian

    here in utah we have spring mobile ballpark (salt lake city bees...AAA team) and we have the Mormon Burger on offer.
    Its a lukewarm 1/16" patty of gray-ish mystery meat on a wonder bread burger bun and its topped with a dollop of mayo. its kinda/sorta like all the mormons....dull, boring and without any redeeming qualities. and the beer (remember this is utah) is of the 3.2 variety...otherwise known as a "why bother".

    April 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
    • VladT

      What an awesome reply.....

      I'd say what you resemble, but I don't want CNN to delete my comment.

      Use your imagination

      April 9, 2013 at 7:50 am |
  4. PDG

    Will the "Phillies-themed flavor" at Federal Donuts taste like Santa's tears or vomit? On a serious note that burger from Holeman and Finch is fricking fantastic. Anytime I am in Atlanta I make an attempt to get one from the resto.

    April 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
  5. Big Fat Daddy

    With food options like this, it's no wonder why the seats at baseball stadiums and on airplanes seem so small.

    April 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  6. EdwoodJr

    I'd go for the .55c cold hot dog and .30c warm flat beer of 1974.............................

    April 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
  7. Landru

    That dog photo has me ready for my first game of the year. Mike Trout Bobble head night Saturday. Just might have to throw back a couple of those Old World Hefeweizen beers as well

    April 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
  8. Clown

    Baseball parks are like movie theaters, so over priced on their tickets and snacks. They are both a waste of money.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • Theo

      How are baseball tickets expensive? Where do you live? Outside of Fenway, Citizens Bank, and AT&T, you can almost always find good seats for under $20 on StubHub and eBay. True, food is overpriced, but just eat before the ballgame and get a beer and maybe some peanuts or fries to hold you over for around 10 bucks. Baseball really isn't expensive at all if you don't splurge.

      April 8, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
      • Katie

        And if you're a Pirates fan, you can get tickets for $6 on StubHub. It's incredible.

        April 9, 2013 at 9:32 am |
  9. guest

    Nice article. Would be nice to know prices though.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
  10. litz

    Turner Field was named for Ted Turner (who is a person) ... not Turner Broadcasting (the network/corporation)

    April 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • The Truth

      Seeing how Ted Turner OWNS Turner Broadcasting I think it's 1 in the same.

      ... and if you don't believe that he named it that for the name recoganition for his company then I have a few bridges that you are going to want to buy!

      If he wanted to name it after himself and not his company he coudn't have called it Ted's field ... in other word, it's actually named after a Corporation!

      April 8, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
  11. Truth™

    Of the seven ballparks mentioned, six are named for corporations. That is so wrong.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
  12. cali girl

    If you understand SF, you would not question having a Crab Salad. SF is known for the fresh seafood sold right off the street. Boudin bakery gives you a steaming bowl of clam chowder so fresh there is still sand in it.
    Bring on the great food, for those of us who knows what a hot dog is and would like to pass on the heartburn.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
  13. David

    The new Brooklyn Dodger Dog at Dodgers Stadium is amazing. Not even a dodgers fan but this is hands down the best dog I've had at a ballpark. All beef and all natural casing.

    April 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
  14. WestSide

    East coast bias!!!

    April 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
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