OK, there’s the peanuts and CrackerJacks–yes, they still sell Crackerjacks, but you’ll pay. Buckets of cotton candy and plenty of gelato. What about the hot dogs? The burgers? The soft drinks and the lemonade? Can’t forget a cold one. They’re all there!
This is no inexpensive outing, but it’s no fun to walk past the food courts. Also quite hard to do since most parks limit what you can bring into the stadium. Baseball food helps digest the missed balls, the bases loaded strikeouts, and the clumsy catcher that makes the pitcher’s arm ache.
The food options, clearly vary from park to park, but some of the newer majestic halls of baseball have upscaled the experience to make you wonder if you’ll even remember the peanuts. Many entice you with city favorites set in a new horizon. That seems to be the overall trend. Bring in the local guys.
Let’s hit a few parks. New York is blessed with two newbies, and neither has missed the golden opportunity of loaded food courts. There are the Danny Meyer restaurants including the popular Shake Shack and Blue Smoke feeding baseball loyalists in Queens. The new Yankees home in the Bronx bows to local meat merchant, Lobel’s and offers a high-end, as in dry-aged, steak sandwich. We’re talking New York food at the parks!
Hometown kids and neighborhood institutions make good at Nationals Park in DC with Five Guys broiling burgers and Ben’s Chili Bowl showing what a wraparound line looks like waiting for grilled chili dogs and cheese fries.
The new Kauffman Stadium for the Kansas City Royals spells barbecue with two 1,400 pound smokers working their magic.
To taste a city’s best, visit its ballpark! Stadium eating is big business. There’s something about grabbing a dog and a score sheet. Or indulging in a local restaurant’s bases-loaded venue.
Grab the napkins and the ATM card for the extra innings.