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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.
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.