The Best Baseball Park Food Goes Way beyond a Hot Dog

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By Jay Croft

Enjoy the best baseball park food this year with more choices than ever for fans and families. Baseball stadium food was traditionally limited to hot dogs, Cracker Jack, and peanuts, but if you or your family wants to expand your options at games this year, maybe even with some healthy grub or local specialties, there are many venues offering some pretty neat choices.

Hungry? Here’s a sampling at stadiums across the country:

SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA

Now in its first season, this is Major League Baseball’s newest stadium, and they’ve spared no effort on razzle-dazzle extras like restaurant outposts. Throughout the arena, you can sample regional favorites at various “Taste of Braves Country” locations. For instance, from South Carolina, try the pimento cheese patty melt. North Carolina offers a smoked BBQ sandwich, and Tennessee boasts Nashville hot chicken. And because it’s Georgia, you gotta have a Waffle House, right?

If you insist on eating healthy, however, there’s good news: the new park has ruled to allow outside food—and you can bring it along in style with the Atlanta Braves Navy Metro Insulated Picnic Basket.

Fenway Park, Boston, MA

Baseball’s oldest stadium keeps it simple, but when so much is focused on lobster, who can complain? New this year along with the lobster rolls is the lobster melt—with steamed lobster, melted muenster, and tomato. You might want to outfit your little one with this Infant Boston Red Sox WinCraft Lil Fan All Pro Baby Bib (if only so you can borrow it).

Citi Field, Queens, NY

Folks with dietary restrictions will feel right at home at Citi Field. Their baseball stadium food now includes vegan pizza, kosher hot dogs, gluten-free burgers, and healthy options based on fruits and vegetables from select vendors around this still new-ish park. With everyone able to eat to their heart’s content, you may need a more . . . forgiving pair of pants (e.g., these Men’s New York Mets Majestic Royal Synthetic Pants, which offer a drawstring feature).

Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

All bow to the home of the current World Series champions! While you’re at it, stop by Pork & Mindy’s for the Bao to the Pork sandwich, reportedly among the best baseball park food. The sandwich is a combination of pulled pork with pickled daikon, carrots, and jalapeño relish on a steamed bao bun. These Women’s Chicago Cubs WinCraft Teardrop Dangle Earrings will sway proudly as you tilt your head to devour, and everyone will know that you were a fan from the get-go.

California Seafood

For the past few years, the best baseball park food has included sushi in San Diego’s Petco Park. Now there are also tuna poke bowls at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and crab sandwiches at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. All of these coastal eats might put you in the mind to wear your Men’s San Diego Padres G-III Sports by Carl Banks Navy Balance Swim Trunks to the game.

Safeco Field, Seattle, WA

While we’re on the West Coast, let’s not forget that baseball is played in the summer, when it’s hot—so there’s no shame in keeping it real by eating ice cream. This is especially true when it’s as fun as it is from the Frozen Rope Sandwich Company, where you can make your own ice cream sandwich with gourmet ice cream, cookies, and all kinds of sugary extras. Bring along the Men’s Seattle Mariners Nike Navy Reversible Uncuffed Knit Beanie in case you end up with a brain freeze.

You might not find all of these choices at every stadium, but think how entertained you’ll be exploring each one you visit, whether it’s for the home team, tourism, or just because you’re a foodie.

P.S. There’s nothing wrong with peanuts and Cracker Jack. It’s still baseball, after all!

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