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Jun 7, 2007 02:05 PM

Citizens Bank Park - What to eat?

Going to a Phillies game in July - never been to CBP. I'm from out of town. What is good at the ballpark?

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  1. some around here may disagree, but chickie's & pete's sports bar (15th and packer, a 1/2 mile from the stadiums) has some great pre-game atmosphere. they have some delicious crab fries (disclaimer; they don't actually contain crab. it's crinkle fries with old bay seasoning and a white cheese sauce on the side. awesome.). they also have crabs, if you're in the mood to get your hands dirty... usually they've been consistently tasty, but the past two times i went the crabs weren't stellar. i'd ask nicely about the quality first. c&p's also has a "taxi crab," so you can take the bus to the stadium.

    also a nice philly tradition that my family likes when coming into town is john's roast pork at 14 snyder ave. it's a total dive, but a philly must according to many people. right under i-95 and convenient to the stadiums.

    funny unrelated side note; a few months ago the "k" light in park had gone out, so the sign read "citizens ban park." ;)

    1. You will be called to the sausage sandwich with peppers and onions they grill in the concourse - the smell is intoxicating. Try the Schmitter Sandwich (ask an usher to direct you to the section where they are located, you won't regret it), and a roast pork with sharp provolone from the Tony Luke's stall. Avoid the hot dogs.

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      1. re: brightman

        Thank you. I've seen mentions of Schmitter Sandwich on other forums - what exactly is it? The game I am going to is a night game - So I guess my question is - is it worth eating at the stadium or should we find something beforehand at a local institution and just have snacks at the game?

        1. re: jmax

          According to McNally's Tavern menu (they make the Schmitter) the sandwich is sliced beef with extra cheese, fried onions, tomato, salami, and homemade special sauce on a Kaiser roll. If you have time before the game, there are several good Italian restaurants about a mile north of the ballpark on Broad Street (Criniti's, Scannicchio's, L'Angolo, Pesto) or you can get good bar food at Chickie's and Pete's as previously suggested. If you eat at the ballpark, there is quality fare to be found. Either way, let us know your thoughts after your visit.

      2. Take it from a long time season ticket holder - the food is overpriced, pre-made and not very good. Stop at Tony Luke's - a mile from the stadium - get yourself a Roast Pork with sharp provolone and broccolli rabe (mmmmmmmmmmm) and bring it with you to the game.

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        1. re: sailbadthesinner

          I disagree. Having been to a handful of ballparks recently, CBP has some really good food choices. As far as I can tell, everything at Tony Luke's, Bulls BBQ, and Rick's Steaks is made to order. Overpriced? Yea, but c'mon - it's food at a MLB baseball game. No matter what stadium - It's ALL overpriced.

          I'm not knocking the BYO idea, but, compared to other stadiums, I think someone can eat pretty good at a Phils game.

          1. re: toro head

            I have to agree w/ tuny belly head. :-) For ballpark food, CBP ain't bad. If you are in a hurry, I've found Bull's BBQ to be very fast getting people in and out. And their turkey leg is pretty darn good.

          2. re: sailbadthesinner

            I tend to agree with toro head and jwbausch. For ballpark food, CBP is very good. It is somewhat overpriced, as are most stadiums. If you don't want to hassle with a restaurant or stop at the original Tony Luke's, the stadium is perfectly solid option. My stadium favoriates are the roast pork with sharp provolone at Tony Luke's or a brisket BBQ from Bull's BBQ. Depending on what game you are going to and the size of the crowd that night, the tony Luke's at the park can get very crowded. So, you need to decide if you would prefer to eat at the park or not. If you don't want to eat at the park, I'd agree with sailbadthesinner and go to the original Tony Luke's on Oregon Ave, which is about a mile. The only issue with this is the line can be extremely long before games. Enjoy the game.

          3. I second the schmitter... it is definitely the hidden gem of the park's food options and is not to be missed