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Jul 15, 2006 06:38 PM

your nominations for BEST BALLPARK FOOD in America: Major League and Minor League

let's range from the obvious-- dogs-- to west coast exotic and crab cakes and barbecue and keep it coming. what stadium gets the BEST of CHOW honors for '06??

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    1. re: steinpilz

      I know there are aficionados of the sausage cart outside of Fenway, but just the smell of this stuff makes me gag walking past it on Lansdowne Street.

      1. re: LindaWhit

        What's to gag about? The smell of sausage? Peppers? Drunken Sox fans? I don't know if it qualifies as good food, but since the topic is "Ballpark Food" I think a Fenway Frank qualifies along with a Sausage Guy sausage & peppers.

        1. re: missykins

          Hey -I don't like the smell of whatever's on the sausage carts. Simple as that. And the one Fenway Frank I've eaten wasn't anything to shake a stick at either. But that was taste only, as there was little to no smell of them. But the sausage carts - I just don't like the greasy smell - makes my stomach turn.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            LOL - I hear ya! The drunk Sox fans do the stomach turn thing for me!

            1. re: LindaWhit

              To missykins - yeah, that just goes without saying re: the drunken Sox fans and turning stomachs. I've avoided the bleacher seats since the first time I sat there....their prevalence in that area is overwhelming. :-)

              1. re: LindaWhit

                I guess I'll have to go try those sausages again, I was thinking sentimentally. Pittsburgh had some good bratwurst and microbrew about 10 years ago.

            2. re: LindaWhit

              I agree! The smell of that grease makes my stomach churn.
              I love a good Fenway frank but not from the vendors inside who throw them up to where you're seated. Squish! Go to a vendor that is actually making them fresh and you have a choice of toppings. Remember when all you could get on your dog was mustard, relish or ketchup? Eddy Andelman protested and used to bring his own chopped onions in a baggie. That's not necessary anymore.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Do they still have that lemonade guy outside Fenway?? We went to there two straight summers in the early 90's and I'll always remember the lemonade from the cart there.


            3. well, i know one of the vendors, and it's not the sausages that make that's the garlic water concoction they spray on the grill to entice you to buy them. the sausages INSIDE fenway are pretty rank. you gotta go to the carts outside.

              1. I dont know if there really is "good" ballpark food that i have tried. There is nothing that i would consider chow worthy, but there are thigns i consider edible. I usually like to bring things in. Nothing better than an italian hero from Cold cut City in the bronx before a Yankee game.

                1. I know Andrew Zimmern did a one hour special for the Travel Channel entitled, Ball Park Food, and although i can;t remember who "won," i think it still airs on Travel Channel periodically.

                  1. The Gateway Grizzlies, a minor league team in St. Louis, serves a bacon cheeseburger that uses a Krispy Kreme donut for a bun.

                    NOT good?



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