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Feb 25, 2006 09:45 AM

Food at the Oakland A's Coliseum

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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.


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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.


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