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I spotted an article the other day in usaweekend that highlighted some of the regional food served at baseball parks around the country.  I did some further research and was astonished to learn about all the culinary delights that fans are catching a whiff of while enjoying a game.

Not to worry, you can still get your hot dogs, peanuts and cracker jacks when you attend a baseball game, but these days the food at the park has been gone major league.  

Who would have thought that you could get sushi, beef fajitas, crab cakes, Caesar salad, baby back ribs, micro brews, champagne and gourmet coffee at a baseball game?  Looks like the old gut bombs are bush league and if you mention a slider at the game, it just may not mean the same thing.  

From what I've been reading, it seems AT&T Park in San Francisco has the field beat.  Among other things, they offer a peppery clam chowder served in a bread bowl, a fried Cajun catfish sandwich, jerk chicken over rice with jalapeno hot sauce, and crab salad sandwiches.

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Seattle's Safeco Field offers a such delights as pad Thai, chicken teriyaki, strawberries on a stick, the Ichiroll - a spicy tuna roll, hot and cold sake, miso soup, boxes of edamame, chocolate-dipped Pocky and cedar-planked salmon that takes 15 minutes to cook on the spot.

The Milwaukee's Miller Park simply serves their best: Germanic sweet spice accented bratwursts and beer.  It doesn't get any better, unless you want to add an order of deep fried cheese curds.

The Phillies' Citizens Bank Park is home to hoagies and serve up some special local favorites: Chickie & Pete’s crab fries (French fries dusted with Old Bay seasoning) and two of the city’s respected cheese steak purveyors, Rick’s Steaks and Tony Luke’s as well as the Schmitter sandwich from McNally’s ( melted cheese, a generous squirt of a “special sauce,” griddled salami, more cheese, sliced tomato, fried onions, griddled steak and another slice of cheese, just to help keep the beef in place and served on a Kaiser roll).

Sports Illustrated has a nice all-star menu with photos from some of the parks.

Travel & Leisure has an excellent slide show with description of foods offered at a number of stadiums.

Serious Eats offers this slideshow of Major League Baseball's Best and Craziest Ballpark Hot Dogs for 2011.

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  •  Good Sunday Morning, MOTliteers! (17+ / 0-)

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    Have a wonderful day everybuddy ;~D

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 06:03:58 PM PDT

  •  Good Morning MOTleyville (9+ / 0-)

    waves hello as I head back to a horizonal position !!

    Hope everyone enjoys their Sunday.

  •  Triple Threat (7+ / 0-)

    How come the the diaries have Hotlists, Recommends, and Tip Jars? Wouldn't at least one of them be redundant?

    A good conservative on FaceBook is lamenting that there isn't a tape or a John Dean surfacing to blow the lid off Fast & Furious. It just probably isn't the Watergate Junior that he so wants it to be.

    Although maybe a Roger Dean could emerge since they're veering off into fantasy.....

    I have a pet theory that Fortune, the magazine of business, is trying to save "the party of business" from themselves by pointing out that F&F isn't all that.

    Oh yeah, another update on these chicks....  

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 03:43:03 AM PDT

    •  Good Morning, Dude... (7+ / 0-)

      the chicks are coming along very nicely.  I like 'em ;-)

      I think ALL the GOP is frustrated that Obama is soooo squeaky clean.  They have hunted for that "Watergate,Jr", as you said, for 4 years now and zilch...zero...nada.  Not so much as a frappin' parking ticket.  

      As to the diaries...no, it's not redundant.  A Hotlist will save a diary that you want to keep for future reference, a diary recommend is what gets a diary on the rec list (and gives it a ranking against other diaries that day if you follow jotter's daily High Impact Posts) and the tip jar increases the diarist's mojo.

      Have a great day!

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 03:54:51 AM PDT

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  •  Good morning, JaxDem and MOTleys! (5+ / 0-)

    Amazing ... planked salmon cooked on the spot? It makes me think that the ballgame is kind of secondary.

    In Milwaukee's ballparks, the bratwurst are very famous and there is (or was) a secret stadium sauce that visiting luminaries have raved about over the years.

    I will tell you this: there are TOO MANY PEOPLE getting up during the game to go get food and beverages and for that reason I prefer to watch my baseball on TV or the Internets. Harumph. Get off my lawn.

    Hope you have a great day, my friend. And PLEASE stay out of trouble!

    Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

    by JanF on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 03:46:56 AM PDT

    •  Good Morning, Jan...I found it interesting (6+ / 0-)

      that Milwaukee was listed, but for what they have been serving all along. Those brats must be something else indeed for there to be no need for improvement.

      I go to about one football game a year just to remind myself how much nicer it is to watch at home.  

      I absolutely refuse to stay out of trouble today!  So there.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 04:00:46 AM PDT

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      •  Shoulda told us the prices, JD (3+ / 0-)
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        I mean figuring the sodas, popcorn and hot dogs are already at movie theater prices, you gotta think that you might hav to take out a 2d mortgage to afford that planked salmon

        Happy just to be alive

        by exlrrp on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 06:08:14 AM PDT

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        •  Hey there! Wow, we get to see you in real time... (2+ / 0-)
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          They didn't give prices...well the Sports Illustrated link did, but that's just a few of the items and the 2010 prices.

          As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

          by JaxDem on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 06:16:09 AM PDT

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  •  I like sushi but I looked at it at the (6+ / 0-)

    Pirates Park and I just couldn't do it. Sushi at Pow Wow wouldn't make any sense to me either. It just ain't right.

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 03:51:44 AM PDT

    •  Mornin' PowWow (5+ / 0-)

      I dunno if I could eat sushi at a ball park.  Nachos and popcorn seem to be about the only safe foods I see at most parks.  One experience with food poisoning is enough to make me very careful.

      Hope you have a great Sunday -- stay cool out there!

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 04:04:35 AM PDT

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      •  Two words: "uncooked protein" (4+ / 0-)

        Bad idea. We had a restaurant in town that allowed people to get uncooked meat from a salad bar kind of area and then put it on a plate with other things to have it stir fried.

        It is no longer in business and I wonder if it is because of the inherently bad idea of having people hovering over, sneezing on and handling uncooked protein.

        Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

        by JanF on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 05:34:14 AM PDT

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  •  yum. Sounds good. If I'm gonna pay 20 bucks for (7+ / 0-)

    Something to eat might as well make it a fajita or some sushi or ribs. Shoot.

    I feel the same about the movies: why pay 8 bucks for popcorn? If I'm hungry I'll spend 10 for the wings.

    Anyway morning y'all. I'm in dc. We left the house and got a hotel yesterday because of the outages. Me, hubby, dad (who originally didn't want to go) and the dog.

    Looks like our power is back on this morning! So we'll check out, swing by the house where I'll turn on the air, then force my dad to (gasp) go out to eat for lunch while the house cools.

    He slept in the bed with the dog. A first for my 83 year old old school day. Ha! Now we may force him to sit in a restaurant! Life on the edge, my friend. He's a real Dos Equis kinda guy.

    •  Mornin' mdmslle! (7+ / 0-)

      Smart move to hole up in a hotel where you can be in the comfort of a/c.  I'm glad your power is back as some reports had said it may be up to a week to restore power.

      Ha!  that's funny about your dad...  

             ...I don't often sleep w/a dog, but when I do I make sure it is in a fine hotel...ha ha

      Enjoy your breakfast and don't pile too much wildness in one weekend on poor old pop.  Bless his heart.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 04:09:12 AM PDT

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      •  ha! Love the dos Equis interpretation! Lol funny. (1+ / 0-)
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        We got home, fell asleep and woke up with power out again. We left. Again. But dad refused.

        He called and said it was back on. By then we were checked in (and happy to be out of the basement,frankly).

        Staying. Maybe an extra day but def until as late as possible tomorrow.

  •  Whoo Hoo! We got 0.06" of rain here (6+ / 0-)

    in lovely Greenwood (where it's brown and no woods to be seen) IN.  Of course some entrepreneur just had to go there with the Rocky Mountain Oysters.  

  •  Good morning all, blueberry pancakes & (6+ / 0-)

    eggs sunny side, yummy.

    All you Kossacks stay cool down the hill, it was so hot up here yesterday that my old computer got to hot to operate, had to put off my work; spent the day painting instead.

    Enjoy the day...

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 04:26:59 AM PDT

    •  Mornin' smiley7 (6+ / 0-)

      Yum...blueberry pancakes...

      Whew, that's gotten too hot when the computer can't operate.  Sheez and then you painted!  

      I did some outdoor work yesterday until around 10:00 then headed indoors.  I did go out once after dinner and it was still in the high 90s.

      Hope you have a cooler day today!

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 04:31:43 AM PDT

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  •  Good First Day of July (!!!) MOTley Crew ... (4+ / 0-)
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    Half of the year gone already!!! One of my brothers, who lives in Northern Virginia, is among those in the D.C. area who lost power with the big storm. No A/C and intermittent cell phone blackouts. Here in Nashville, my two daughters swam in the indoor pool at the YMCA Saturday afternoon. You know it's too hot when the outdoor pool is uninviting on a day of triple-digit temperatures. I wonder about the Amish communities, who avoid electricity and wear multiple layers of clothing. How do they cope? As for ballpark food, I think I would avoid it all -- maybe popcorn or peanuts is OK -- but for that kind of money I'd rather eat somewhere with better ambiance more conducive to worry-free digestion. Have a good day, one and all!

    Ah, my friends from the prison, they ask unto me, "how good, how good does it feel to be free? " And I answer them most mysteriously, "are birds free from the chains of the skyway? " (Bob Dylan)

    by JKTownsend on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 05:11:15 AM PDT

  •  Morning all! (6+ / 0-)

    Thought I'd sleep late this morning because I was up until 1 a.m., but my eyes opened at 6:30. I'll pay for it tomorrow.

    The more we are, the less we need.

    by Fiddlegirl on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 05:29:20 AM PDT

    •  Good Morning, Fiddlegirl... (3+ / 0-)
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      we've been missing you these last few days.

      I see you guys are hotter than all get out up that way too.  Try to stay cool today!

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 05:56:21 AM PDT

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  •  Here you go, JaxDem! (5+ / 0-)

    Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

    by JanF on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 05:36:33 AM PDT

  •  Good Morning (7+ / 0-)

    89,000 Children in Pennsylvania Lose Medicaid

    Enter Republican Governor Tom Corbett and his anti-spending, anti-government secretary of public welfare, Gary Alexander. They decided to plow ahead with their new approach to eligibility verification: ten days to receive and process the overdue renewals, and an assumption of ineligibility if the applications weren’t reviewed during that time period.

    Predictably, the offices couldn’t keep up with the new deluge of mail. It doesn’t seem a stretch to suggest that a Republican administration—hostile to Medicaid —had identified a weakness in the system, exploited it, so that it could reduce spending while bolstering its claim that the system is broken.

    https://www.commondreams.org/...

    Hat tip to wang-banger at reddit.com
     http://www.reddit.com/...

    This is a sign that Republican Governors may not be bluffing about turning down Medicaid expansion.

    •  Same same here in FL (5+ / 0-)
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      Florida Governor vows to REFUSE to comply with "Obamacare" in defiance of U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the law.

      Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Saturday his state will not adopt President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act or expand its Medicaid program, despite that fact that the law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

      The announcement comes just days after the Republican said that he would consider following the law if it were declared constitutional.

      ‘Florida is not going to implement Obamacare. We are not going to expand Medicaid and we're not going to implement exchanges,’' Scott's spokesman Lane Wright said, MSNBC reported.

      This guy is a POS.  I seriously doubt he has done a single thing his entire life that wasn't of personal benefit to himself.  I knew we had a good deal of brain dead morans here in FL, but I'm appalled at how many continue to support this sub human life form.

      ::now ask me how I really feel ;-)::

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 06:05:16 AM PDT

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      •  And he won by less than 1%. (2+ / 0-)
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        A lesson to all of us to GOTV this year.

        Wisconsin's governor is doing the same thing. Not surprising because they were all belched out of the same Koch-ALEC-AFP think tanks.

        Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

        by JanF on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 06:36:45 AM PDT

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  •  Up and around late this morning. (5+ / 0-)
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    I did not sleep well Friday night and paid for it yesterday.  I could not seem to get awake.  I tried to watch the NASCAR race, last night, but that put me to sleep as well.  

    Many things to do today, so cannot afford to sleep.  

    I have not been to a baseball game since we moved away from St. Louis after I finished my Master's degree...mumble...mumble..years ago. When we lived in St. Louis, we went to the last game ever played in old Sportsman's Park. They had a ceremony honoring Dizzy Dean, and every person attending got a coin medallion with his picture on the "heads" side.  Just before the game, Dizzy Dean stood on the pitcher's mound and sang "Wabash Cannonball." The Cardinals played the San Francisco Giants that night.  Willie Mays hit a grand slam home run.  Although historic, it was not a good night for the Cards.  

    I used to be a baseball fan, but gave up on the sport after the players strike that shut down the season and World Series.  The ultra rich owners and the ultra rich star players could not agree on contracts.  The sight of a bunch of multimillionaires trying to commit suicide by beating themselves in the heads with their wallets was just too much.    

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 05:53:54 AM PDT

    •  I can't afford to go to baseball games. (5+ / 0-)

      I usually go once a year when I get free tickets from a client. The tickets are $45 each, parking is $15. Then you add food and beverages. Who can afford that?

      Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

      by JanF on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 06:00:27 AM PDT

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      •  Same here for football games... (4+ / 0-)
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        It makes me wonder who these people are that can afford all this high brow food at the parks anyway?  

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 06:10:38 AM PDT

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      •  Um, baseball besides major leagues? (5+ / 0-)

        If you lived in Oregon you'd learn to appreciaite college and minor league ball. some of the best baseball anywhere and one player doesn't make more in a year than your whole family will in a lifetime.

        Happy just to be alive

        by exlrrp on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 06:16:50 AM PDT

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        •  I have been to a few minor league games but (3+ / 0-)
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          it is hard to become a fan because the players are not permanent. When a player gets good, they get promoted and their whole focus is on being somewhere else. I know ... I know ... major leaguers aren't permanent either but they are more permanent than the minors.

          I did enjoy a game in Great Falls Montana once watching the Helena Brewers (Rookie League) against the local team. And Burlington VT had a minor league club for the Expos that I watched once and got a cool t-shirt from. Their mascot was Champy, the "monster" who supposedly lives in Lake Champlain.

          Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

          by JanF on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 06:31:42 AM PDT

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      •  Sports Illustrated and others in that vein (4+ / 0-)
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        routinely publish annual rankings of the most expensive baseball cities in America.  I think Boston's Red Sox usually "win", with a tab for a day at the park well in excess of $225 or so.  Of course, their estimates include buying a souveneir like a cap or T shirt that can easily be dispensed with, and if one gets their tickets through an online site like StubHub, you can save on the face value of the tickets.

        As for the peanuts...America's unbridled fear of the deadly legume is now being assuaged by several baseball parks that have "peanut free" zones.  

        Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

        by Keith930 on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 06:32:08 AM PDT

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    •  Good Morning, OS... (4+ / 0-)
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      sounds like the last baseball game you attended was one for the memory books.  Very historic, how can you top that?  

      My brother swore off baseball at the same time and for the same reason that you described.

      I love this:

      The sight of a bunch of multimillionaires trying to commit suicide by beating themselves in the heads with their wallets was just too much.    
      Lack of sleep has not dulled the sarcasm, eh?

      Have a grand day and try to stay cool.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 06:08:57 AM PDT

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      •  We went to lots of Cards games (5+ / 0-)
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        after they tore down Sportsman's Field.  The new modernistic Busch Stadium was built and we liked to go down there.  The scariest game I ever went to was "Bat Night."  Every kid twelve or under got a Little League sized bat, each one inscribed with the autograph of one of the Cards players.  Ever sit in a stadium with several thousand kids, each armed with a baseball bat, swinging it around in the excitement of the game.  Let's just say that none of the adults present remember much of the game for fending off kids with bats.  

        I also made it a point to NEVER go on free beer night.

        The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

        by Otteray Scribe on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 06:21:01 AM PDT

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  •  a quick sketch for no reason at all (2+ / 0-)
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    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 08:15:33 AM PDT

  •  considering how much tickets cost (1+ / 0-)
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    It wouldn't surprise me if the kind of people who can actually afford to go to a baseball game wouldn't be satisfied with anything less than this kind of fancy fare.

    To those who say the New Deal didn't work: WWII was also government spending

    by Visceral on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 10:47:55 AM PDT

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