The Five Best Eats to be Found at MLB Ball Parks
In the third line of the baseball anthem “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” the lyrics state: “buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks,” which were the staple snacks consumed by anyone who ventured out to the ballpark that afternoon.
But these days, stadium fare has become so much more substantial and diverse than simply nuts and caramel-coated popcorn, or even hot dogs and soft pretzels. As team owners build these large, state-of-the-art, and expensive stadiums, the food sold at the stadium is one way to sell more tickets, and recoup those costs via the concessions sold.
Many stadiums have begun introducing fare inspired by their locale, further cementing the “home field” feeling when you go to the stadium. To that end, here’s our list of the five most unique and interesting stadium foods you can purchase when you visit certain ballparks around the United States:
5. The SPAM Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Minute Maid Park – Fans of the World Champion Houston Astros, who played at Minute Maid Park, probably aren’t too accustomed to eating SPAM, with all the great barbeque options you can find in Texas. But when you grill it and stick it between two pieces of Texas toast? Now you’re talking. As they say, everything’s bigger in Texas, so why not use Texas Toast instead of regular bread when making a grilled cheese?
4. The Texas Snow Balls at Globe Life Park – Not to be outdone by their neighbors a little south, the folks at Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, offer a Texas-themed and Texas-sized dish that indulges fans with a sweet tooth AND a love for barbeque. The Texas Snow Balls are balls of brisket, rolled and dipped in funnel cake batter, then fried, and then topped with powdered sugar. In other words, it’s like stuffing shredded beef into a powder sugar doughnut. If that doesn’t sound amazing, we don’t know what does.
3. The Chicken Enchilada Dog at Chase Field – This is my Mum’s favourite ball park eat, When you’re in the southwestern part of the United States, you know that you’ll never be away from fantastic Mexican fare. That’s why the folks at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, come up with the perfect hybrid: combining a stadium staple in hot dogs, with a Mexican food staple in enchiladas. The chicken enchilada dog is 18″ long, comes topped with pico de gallo, Mexican crema, and tortilla chip strips.
2. The Lobster Poutine at Fenway Park – Everyone knows that the New England region is home to perhaps the best Lobster in the nation. Most people also intuitively realize that Boston is only about 300 miles from the Canadian border as well. So why not combine those two together, for an over-the-top indulgent dish? Not only can you combine the goodness that is french fries covered in gravy (poutine), but then you can top it with succulent lobster. That sounds absolutely incredible and tastes even better 🙂
1. The Smoked Bacon Mac and Cheese at Miller Park – The folks in the great state of Wisconsin take two things very seriously: their beer, and their cheese so how can we not give them the gong for the # 1 spot. They’ve already named the stadium after the former, so it was time to pay homage to the latter. Of course, they decided to take an all-american classic dish, and then combine it with a food that makes literally everything better with bacon. Add a little smoke to that, and you have a dish that’ll make your heart stop (figuratively, and maybe literally).