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Dodgers Food - Any healthy choices??

dinami Aug 2, 2007 10:58 AM

Okay so I might be going to a Dodgers game Saturday night (First timer) and I'm trying to lose some weight so are there any "healthy" options there besides the usual nachos, hot dogs, etc? (Unless of course my date gets the all you can eat tickets which then narrows my choices to hot dogs, nachos, and peanuts) :(

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    reality check RE: dinami Aug 2, 2007 11:06 AM

    A couple options include Subway sandwiches and salads. They also have veggie dogs on the reserved level ONLY. I think the stand is right behind home plate. The game program will tell you the exact stand.

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      laura w RE: dinami Aug 2, 2007 11:09 AM

      Honestly, just bring in your own food (I usually bring in sushi from a japanese market.) It will be better tasting and better for you. Your bag needs to be less than 15 inches tall/wide.

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        dinami RE: laura w Aug 2, 2007 11:12 AM

        Oh cool, thanks! I'll be sure to mention this to my date. :)

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        Diana RE: dinami Aug 2, 2007 11:12 AM

        no, not really. If you had passes to a corporate box, you could go to the snooty restaurant ang get a salad or the buffet. Other than that, better bring somehting.

        1. ipsedixit RE: dinami Aug 2, 2007 11:13 AM

          Here are your concession stand choices at Dodger Stadium:

          Field Level: California Pizza Kitchen Pizza, Carl's Jr., Frozen Yogurt, Soft Serve Ice Cream, Saag's Sausage, Gordon Biersch, Wetzel's Pretzels, Camachos.

          Loge Level: California Pizza Kitchen Pizza, Carl's Jr., Frozen Yogurt, Soft Serve Ice Cream, Saag's Sausage, Wetzel's Pretzels, Camachos.

          Club Level: Dodger Dog stand, Wetzel's Pretzel's, Saag's Sausage, Camachos, Panda Express.

          Reserve Level: California Pizza Kitchen Pizza, Carl's Jr., Frozen Yogurt, Soft Serve Ice Cream, Saag's Sausage, Wetzel's Pretzels, Camachos, Panda Express.

          Top Deck: California Pizza Kitchen Pizza, Carl's Jr., Frozen Yogurt.

          Pavilions: Dodger Dog Stands.

          Dodger Dog stands can also be found at various locations of the Field, Loge, Club, Reserve and Top Deck levels of the stadium.

          And don't forget, if you want to go healthy, you can always bring in your own food (just no alcohol).

          1. Emme RE: dinami Aug 2, 2007 12:15 PM

            am i nuts, or did it change... there was when i was there last up on the top floor a cafeteria style food place where i got freshly carved turkey breast alongside some vegetables. i wonder if that place is gone, but it was on the top level, and you could also, i believe, get a freshly made sandwich.

            if it's not there, get a "naked" subway sandwich... do double chicken and get them to stack up whatever veggie toppings you like, some mustard, vinegar, S & P on the side...

            or, as others suggested, bring your own food, but for me, that's kind of awkward on a date, unless you're quite familiar.

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              asnyder RE: dinami Aug 2, 2007 12:19 PM

              On the lodge (orange) level near isle 101 or so, there is a regular dodger dog stand - to the right of it there is a cart that sells all sorts of healthy stuff - turkey and grilled veggie wraps, salads, and a hummas plate with veggies.

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                swsidejim RE: dinami Aug 2, 2007 12:31 PM

                Your going to a baseball game, tradition says have a hot dog & a beer, it wont kill you

                Continue your diet on Sunday. ; )

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                  Diana RE: swsidejim Aug 2, 2007 12:34 PM

                  Don't listen, dinami!

                  I am pround of you trying to stick to healthy eating. When I was losing weight, I did the same thing! I brought Gelson's salads and carrot spears to dodger games! People thought I was nuts-yeah, but I lost 70 lbs and have kept it off!

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                    hrhboo RE: Diana Aug 2, 2007 04:49 PM

                    I agree. If you're going to splurge, make it worth it! The usual processed offerings at sporting events aren't worth the indulgence.

                    Dinami, it isn't weird to take a nice salad or a wrap and some fruit along with you, I do this frequently and see many others do it too. Good luck with your weightloss journey!

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                      dinami RE: hrhboo Aug 3, 2007 08:14 AM

                      What do you carry your food in if you aren't allowed to bring in coolers? The only thing I have is a fanny pack and plastic bags...plus I guess I could also bring an ice pack to keep my food from spoiling...?

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                        hrhboo RE: dinami Aug 3, 2007 09:47 AM

                        I have a small insulated bag that works well with a gel-filled ice pack.

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                  LisaStitch RE: dinami Aug 2, 2007 02:01 PM

                  If you sit in the Dugout section (behind home plate), in a suite, or have reservations at the Stadium Club, there will be plenty of healthy options, so nothing to worry about and no need to bring anything with you.

                  Otherwise, when I've been watching my weight and had regular seats, I've just had light beer, water, and 1 hot dog. Hot dogs are low-calorie compared to the other nightmares available and you get some protein out of it. Peanuts (nuts in general) are also very healthy with their good fat and protein, but they are high calorie, so share them with your date. The frozen yogurt there is pretty good too.

                  I tried the Subway sandwiches and I think they taste so gross at the stadium for some reason. They are prepackaged (at least where I bought them), so you can't choose exactly what you want on them (I had to do my best scraping off the mayo and cheese with a napkin - yuck!), and they taste very not fresh.

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                    WestsideLisa RE: LisaStitch Aug 2, 2007 03:19 PM

                    The dogs might be low-ish in calories (240), but they have a lot of fat (22g). This is not counting the bun, which will probably run you another 200 calories or so.

                    When I was last at the Stadium, they had a cart where you could get "healthy" sandwiches. It wasn't Subway...just a sandwich vendor.

                    If the Carl's Jr. has the BBQ Chicken Sandwich, you are looking at 360 calories...but a mere 4.5 grams of fat. This is actually a pretty good choice, if ya ask me.

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                      LisaStitch RE: WestsideLisa Aug 2, 2007 05:39 PM

                      Good point. I specifically avoided saying hot dogs are low-fat, only that they are low-calorie. When trying to lose weight, it's overall calories that matter, regardless of the fat content. They are still one of the lower-calorie options when confined to the ballpark. If you don't like BBQ Chicken sandwiches or can't easily get to a Carl's Jr stand, a hot dog isn't a bad second choice.

                  2. DanaB RE: dinami Aug 2, 2007 04:36 PM

                    Last summer, they had premade "sushi" rolls available at some of the vendors that were not half-bad (to my taste, they were actually better than most of the pre-made sushi available in supermarkets). IIRC, they were a bit on the pricey side, but what isn't at the ballpark?

                    1. Foodandwine RE: dinami Aug 2, 2007 04:58 PM

                      why dont your date take you to dinner first, the food is not good at dodger statium. And you said might.. why is the date open and not confirmed. Anyhoo lots of options around the stadium and not inside.. I would bring which I often do and watch my seatmates go ohhh. I typically share a bit too, not to make them droll

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                        writergirl RE: dinami Aug 2, 2007 06:22 PM

                        The last time I was in Dodger Stadium (a couple of years ago admittedly) the Subway sandwiches were all premade, you couldn't get them sans condiments Just something to keep in mind so you don't end up with a cheesy-mayonaissy (fatty) sandwich. I had no idea you're allowed to bring in food, that's a great tip!

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                          reality check RE: writergirl Aug 2, 2007 09:04 PM

                          I would agree that your best option is to buy food and bring it in. Also you're allowed only bottled water. You can't bring in soda, either in a cup or bottle.

                          Also be prepared to wait a very long time in line. I don't know what's slower the service at Dodger Stadium or LA rush hour traffic.

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                            Servorg RE: reality check Aug 3, 2007 09:39 AM

                            From the Dodger website:

                            Food is permitted from outside the stadium provided it is not in bottles, cans, coolers or thermoses. Unbroken, factory sealed plastic bottles of water and other non-alcoholic beverages of 1 liter or less are permitted.

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                          johnglowacki RE: dinami Aug 3, 2007 11:21 AM

                          On the field level about halfway between the center of the stadium and first base there is (or was, at least, a couple of months ago) a small stand tucked in a corner selling fresh vegetables with ranch-style dip, hummus/pita plates, turkey/avocado wraps, and a handful of other healthy items. My wife and I found these to be very good, and (for ballpark food especially at the Stadium) reasonably priced.

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