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  • Judy Feb 25, 2006 09:45 AM
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My husband (the true baseball fanatic) and I will be in Sonoma and SF for 3 days each. We are going to 2 A's games against the Yankees...does anyone have any recs for some decent baseball fare...I know it seems like any oxymoron, but I am giving up 2 night of fine San Fran dining to go to the games, and a hot dog just doesn't quite make it for me. LOL.

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  1. The food offerings at the Coliseum change slightly from season to season, so I can't guarantee what will be available, but I'm linking a post from a couple of years ago. In particular, since you're going to be there two days in a row, I suggest you check out the food directory I mentioned at customer service behind section 119.

    In addition, the West Side club has decent carvery-type offerings, and many people have raved about the fish sandwich at the Your Black Muslim Bakery stand.

    If you're coming from Sonoma, one option would be to pick up some gourmet goodies and bring your own picnic.

    I hope, BTW, that you already have tickets: they reduced the seating capacity of the Coliseum this year (closed down the entire upper deck) and tickets for popular series like the Yankees are likely to sell out quickly.

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      The one good thing about the Coliseum chow-wise is the beer selection. The concourse on the 100 level has quite a few offerings, a lot more than I'd expect at a major-league park.

      But for food (as well as gameday atmosphere) the Coliseum lags far behind Pac Bell Park in SF, IMO.

      1. re: Agent 510

        Hello, the best food at the AT&T/SF ballpark is right outside the entrance, the outstanding franks and onions that Acme sells, and the only food really worth the calories at either park for me. Inside, the variety is outweighed by the (normal for ball park)high priced mediocrity: nasty garlic fries (is it so hard just to splash some olive oil, fresh garlic and parsley?), overthickened chowder, cha-cha bowls excessively mainstreamed and lacking in Caribbean panache/complexity,seafood that looks like fare from a neglected tourist stand at Fisherman's wharf. A good taco truck would be a blessing. In Oakland we get field level seats for less $$ than the upperupper SF deck, and as you noted, the beer is better. Oakland fans are more involved with the game,rather than negotiating deals on their cell phones. The SF facility is far better, but we can afford more games in Oakland,hating the DH as I do and speaking as a Giants fan from '59. cheers

      2. re: Ruth Lafler

        Yes, we have tickets, I bought them as soon as they were available. It is very weird that we fly allllll the way to Oakland from Ft Lauderdale and then go 2 nights in a row to a baseball game, but then I am married to a TRUE baseball fan. His goal is to visit all the Major baseballparks in the US. We may do the carvery thing.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          If you're going to be arriving hungry, you might want to bring food with you because the lines will be rather long with the stadium being full, and the lower concourse gets very crowded with everyone standing around waiting for their beer.

          However, the grub at the Coliseum is pretty decent. If it's really crowded you can wait for the vendors to come around, but the vendors usually only have Pizza Hut pizzas or basic hot dogs. (Or, if they're particularly unlucky vendors, ice cream sandwiches which they will vainly offer on a chilly April night.) The hot dogs are nothing special but several stands sell a fair selection of Saag's sausages, which are good. The barbecue stand behind third base is my particular favorite; I like the pork sandwich and there's also a beef version. They also offer chicken and ribs with potato salad and cole slaw; tasty, but difficult to eat from your lap with people on either side of you. The fish and chips are not bad, the salads and the baked potatoes at the deli place behind home plate are good if you're in the mood for them, and you can also get a good latte there if it gets cold. What the Coliseum really needs, though, especially for these night games at the beginning of the season, is a pho stand. They have one at the Seattle Seahawks stadium, so why not here?

          1. re: Nina

            Agree with Nina, the lines at the Coliseum is killer. By the time you get your food you've wasted 2 innings of baseball.

            1. re: theSauce

              Hello, you're right as usual. Best to see where there's a tv monitor in relation to the concession procession before queing up, and this year, sadly, no Bill King from the little radio I take. regards

              1. re: moto

                Bill King was a total chowhound, too! I'll miss his discussions of everything he ate on roadtrips!

        2. Go to E. 14th near Fruitvale and get a burrito first!

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          1. re: matt c

            Correction: Go to International Boulevard, as East 14th is now called and has been since 1992.

            Info on all the great restaurants is easily available by searching the Chowhound archives.

          2. Hello, your best bet is to pack some nice grinder/hoagie/muffaleta type sandwiches--pick up some Vella (recognized by Slow Food as a living treasure) cheeses when in Sonoma if you wish to make your own, there's plenty of good breads and fancy meats to choose from around here, or places that will make them to order.Food inside the park is very ordinary, but the beer selection is above average, with a Hawaiian brewery and Pyramid offering alternatives to the AB-Miller-Coors hegemony. If you like eating late there are decent places open after game time on both sides of the bay. enjoy

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            1. re: moto

              There are some stands with Saags sausages.

            2. Thanks to all you great chowhounds for the info. I really do hate to waste too much time getting food from concessions,,,and I can just imagine those 2 games will be crowded. We will have to figure this one out. Do they allow you to take in food BTW???? We are going on April for the 2 games right after opening day. I love CA!

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              1. re: Judy

                Yup, they allow food -- and small, soft-sided coolers -- as long as it's not in a glass or metal container.

                Link: http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/NASA...

              2. If you haven't been there before, you have to have the garlic fries. I had never seen them before I moved here.

                1. The only decent food at the coliseum is maybe the BBQ. All the other stuff is just normal ball park fare. The BBQ is a bit better, but certainly not great. The BBQ stand is on the main concourse down the third base line, a bit past the start of the outfield. They serve ribs, pork BBQ sandwiches, peach cobbler, etc. Not too bad, but expensive compared to everything else. I've never eaten in the bar area, but they sometimes set up a dinner meal. The second game should be taco Tuesday.

                  I will see you there as I wouldn't miss those damn Yankees and the opportunity to boo Jeter for the world.

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                  1. re: thirtyeyes

                    I do love Johnny Damon however...he is such a great guy. I saw him quite a few times here in FLL at spring training....one of the few guys who EAGERLY signs kid's balls...not many of those around IMO. I have to admit I love baseball too!

                    1. re: thirtyeyes

                      Note: they changed BBQ purveyors for 2008. The new stand is Kinder's BBQ behind section 106. The "famous" ball tip sandwich was pretty good. The thin-sliced meat was actually medium rare and tender. The bread was lamentable, as is always the case with sandwiches that are premade and kept in a warmer, and the sauce was forgettable, but it tasted like real food, and not Sysco.

                      http://www.kindersmeats.com/default.asp

                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                        Actually, Ruth, the other BBQ stand (Ribs'n'Things, I believe) is still there, on the other side of the bleachers from Kinder's. So we now have two choices of BBQ at the Coliseum, and both are pretty good. There's also a pulled pork sandwich at one of the other stands that's decent.
                        I'm sorry to report that the fish and chips, which I said were pretty good two years ago, have changed and are now totally inedible. Shrimp and chips and popcorn chicken are pretty lousy too. There is a new gimmick of fries or soup served in a souvenir batting helmet; the soup on Friday night was tortilla, the guy eating it in my section said it was great, but that may have been related to the fact that it was freezing cold that night.

                        1. re: Nina

                          Last season I found a nice alternative, if one's coming from the north, is to stop at Saigon Wraps, the banh mi shop at the Fruitvale BART station on the way to the ballpark.

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                          Saigon Wraps
                          3301 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94601

                      2. re: thirtyeyes

                        I also usually end up eating Ribs n' Things and agree on both on the quality and the price. Really nice people.

                        Ruth mentioned Kinder's and that's great that there are now two BBQ spots especially because they both offer different styles. I remember Ribs n' Things having a thicker Kansas City-style sauce on their meats while Kinder's marinates their meat (all beef? I've gone to their location in Pleasant Hill and gotten marinated meat to take home and don't remember seeing any pork...) in a wet marinade, grills it, and then serves slices with a thinner, sweet, vinegary mop sauce. I like Kinder's tritip, but they're famous for their ball tip.

                        1. re: adrienne156

                          Kinder's also had a pulled pork sandwich on the menu, but I didn't try it. The red ring that looked like a smoke ring on the beef must be from the marinade, as it's obviously not smoked. In fact, I'm sure most of the BBQ purists here would not consider it BBQ. But if you go in thinking it's just a beef sandwich, it's pretty good.

                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                            Yeah, the ring is definitely from the marinade. I'd consider myself an aficionado, but not quite a purist and I'm just calling it "BBQ" for all intents and purposes because both use barbeque sauce.

                            The last thing I want is another "BBQ purist" on my case. <g>