Baseball Stadium Food Hits and Errors
Pardon the pun, but baseball season is now in full swing and while some sports fans can’t wait to get to the stadium to hear the crack of the bat, I buy my tickets as an excuse to fill up on hot dogs, frosty malts, and ice cold beer at the concession stand.
But this year, while my fellow fans are studying box scores, I’m poring over food blog The Daily Meal’s recent list of the craziest stadium food.
Making the list are a number of dishes that take usual ballpark fare to a disgusting level of excess, such ast the Meat Lover’s Hot Dog at the Cincinnati Red’s Great American Ballpark, pictured above. As if a quarter-pound dog wasn’t enough, you’ll get it deep-fried and slathered in chili, pepper jack, and not just salami, but fried salami, according to The Daily Meal.
Prefer your hot dog even bigger? Head to Rangers Ballpark in Texas for the Big Boomer, a 24-inch, 1-pound hot dog complete with “spicy ketchup, jalapeño mustard, Baja relish, beef chili, melted cheese, and raw onions,” according to the blog. This is not for stadium food rookies, people.
Ohioans who think that sounds delish should scoot over to Progressive Field in Cleveland, where Indians fans may enjoy a fried chicken sandwich—only the bread is powdered sugar–dusted waffles, the blog reports. A white bun is just so minor league.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park serves up a pulled-pork parfait, the blog adds. I give points for the alliteration, but a “parfait” of pulled pork, mashed potatoes, and chives? I’m going to go ahead and call that a swing and a miss.
I’ll also pass on the Rocky Mountain oysters served at Coors Field in Denver. Sorry, but even though they’re paired with french fries and I’d pretty much eat a catcher’s mitt if it was deep-fried, I’ll draw the line at chowing down on bull testicles.
I might fight you, however for a Victory Knot from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Daily Meal reports the two-pound “gourmet soft pretzel topped with sea salt and served in a pizza box with three dipping sauces: spicy mustard, beer cheese, and sweet cream cheese” is such a home run that other stadiums are now copying it.
Hungry yet? Yep, it’s definitely time to play ball—now, who knows where they sell the antacid?
Watching the baseball game on TV? Make great ballpark food at home with these recipes: