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Apr 2, 2008 11:32 AM

fav ballpark food....

OK, so me being from Oakland, CA., I have been to many Oakland A's games and enjoy the occasional hotdog and soda but most parks have nachos, BBQ, pizza, desserts, full bars, and other goodies to enjoy. what are your favorites and which park do you visit the most. Thanks.:)

BTW... IMHO Miller's Meats are the best hotdogs ever... they are the official supplier to the Oakland A's.

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  1. Sox Park in Chicago, before I had kids 30 times a season, now maybe 2 or 3 times a year. I have to have on every visit a grilled Bests Kosher hot dog with grilled onions and mustard. The game isnt the same without one.

    I also love going to Miller Park in Milwaukee, and eat ssome bratwurst.

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    1. re: swsidejim

      Yes, you are smart to go to Milwaukee, just in general. The first time I went it was before the new stadium, and I was student teaching little urchins in the hood. Anyway, we went to a game, and it was freezing cold. I mean really really cold. And then a kid spit over the balcony and it landed in my hair. One of the grossest things to ever happen in my life. No hot dog that day-it probably would have helped matters. Now I live in St Paul and we are going to Milwaukee for a wedding this weekend. Baseball and bratwurst will be involved-

      1. re: jenniegirl

        love Milwaukee, a cleaner, smaller Chicago, and Miller Park is really nice.

        Also as a Sox fan I need a National league team to root for, and the Brewers are the closest. We also go to Sobelmans for a burger and bloody mary's before, or after the game.

        1. re: swsidejim

          I adored Sobleman's burger's before/after Brewers games when I was a student in Milwaukee. Now I live in Czech Republic and the last klobasa i bit into sprayed the group of hockey hooligans in front of me with a pretty unpleasant mix of, well whatever's in klobasa. A terribly awkward moment ensued. So, I'm thinking of switching to the fried cheese.

      2. re: swsidejim

        I am a cubs fan, but I last season I got tickets to the private box at the cell (white sox chicago) for the red sox series. Woo Hoo! In addition to free beer (don't ask) there was also unlimited free food. Including the Bests kosher hotdogs. I eat a lot of dogs, and have made my own on occasion, but these blew everything else out of the water. My last memory before waking up on my friend's floor was eating my fourth dog with relish pouring onto my shirt. I still fantasize about it sometimes, and while I have gotten best's kosher elsewhere they have not been as good.

        And yes, the next two games I went sober and they were just as good.

      3. Wow, what a good question.

        Let's see, I love those french fries with garlic all over them in San Francisco. I loved the fish tacos in San Diego (but that was the old place before the new stadium to which I haven't been). DH adores that crazy sandwhich they make in the new Philadelphia stadium and Boog's bbq in Baltimore. I love that the veggie dogs are included in the $1 dog night at Philly. They were good in DC too (but that was in RFK) and I'm soooooo looking forward to trying all the amazing local places they've recruited for the new Washington park. I loved that you could get beans & rice in Houston at the Astrodome (back in the day, obviously). The only thing worth getting at Shea is the knish (and not on Saturdays). We are looking forward to and expecting vast improvements with the new Shea (especially given its "most diverse county in the country" location, you'd think they'd have decent food!)

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        1. re: LNG212

          Could "that crazy sandwich" be The Schmitter?

          Steak, cheese (3 slices), a couple slices of fried salami, tomatoes, and a "special sauce" (thousand island, special sauce always ends up being thousand island, huh?) all on a kaiser roll...

          Sounds pretty loathsome, right? All for the love of the game :)

          go Phils!

          1. re: hveagle

            Yes! That's the name. While, as a Mets fan, I loathe the Phillies, I have to give them credit for one of the best new ballparks around (and I've been to alot of them) as well as for the good selection of microbrews there.

            1. re: hveagle

              damn... that "The Schmitter" sounds pretty good I bet even better after a few cold ones.

            2. re: LNG212

              At Shea, have you had sandwiches from Leo's Latticini (aka Mama's)? The concession is on the third base side (or at least was last year). Good stuff.

              1. re: platypus

                Yes, and it was a greasy mess, or at least the mozz and veggie was. The amount of oil pouring off that sandwich made the bread completely soggy. I was so disappointed since "Mama's" was supposed to be a big deal. And Aramark can't even get the pizza right! It's such a shame.

            3. Hot italian sausage at Yankee Stadium

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              1. re: ESNY

                mike's deli at yankee stadium has no counterpart in baseball. get the special.

                1. re: ESNY

                  YES! Hot sausage...That's what I get pretty much every time. I also like the beef empanadas in the food court on the lowest level way out in left field. My dad got a Cuban sandwich from that same location once and it was good...I think it's a Goya stand within the food court.

                  1. re: ESNY

                    i just went to yankee stadium for the first time last week (tigers sweep). i had a spicy sausage thursday night and it was great - with brown mustard, no less.

                    i am from detroit and sadly, we have nothing at comerica park that stands out.

                    last year i saw a yankee game at camden and thought the boog powell bbq was pretty mediocre.

                    i have had better bbq at kaufman stadium in kc and gorman thomas' bbq in milwaukee.

                    1. re: xman887

                      last year I was at PNC park (pirates) for a game and was wandering around trying out the various food options. Pierogis were "meh". I had a sandwich from the primanti vendors vendor which was tasty although I've never been to the real one so I can't compare it. The biggest disappointment came when I noticed a cloud of smoke coming up behind the wall in CF and walked over there to find a BBQ stand (your post made me think of this) which I waited in a very long line for, only to have one of the more disappointing bbq sandwiches i've ever had.

                      1. re: xman887

                        Boog's is by far the best ballpark food around. Most people don't understand that it's a particular style of BBQ called pit beef (totally a Maryland thing.) The beef is charred over a grill, not smoked or roated - charred. You then need to top it off with raw onions and enough horseradish to choke a horse. Ahhh pit beef.

                    2. Rocky Mountain Oysters at Coors Field.

                      Perhaps not my "favorite" but definitely the most interesting ...

                      1. Though we have zero interest in major-league baseball (and even less in the Farmer John edition of Dodger Dogs!), when we were in Nashville we frequently went to Sounds games, and of course always got beer and dogs. The jumbo smoked sausage was always my choice from the regular concession stand, but then they let some local charitable group set up another operation at the south end of the entrance area, and those guys were grilling brats! Of course they were just the Johnsonville ones, no big woop, but eating something on a bun that actually tasted like meat was a wonderful change. Only trouble was, lots of people agreed with me on that, which when coupled with the extra time those things take to cook meant I could spend an entire inning waiting for mine!