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sushidad Jun 9, 2009 06:42 AM

Is there anything decent to eat inside Fenway?

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    bostongal Jun 10, 2009 08:29 PM

    Yes, I agree...get a cuban sandwich before you go in from Luis Tiante's stand just outside the park. And of course, an Fenway Frank and a beer once inside should do the trick.

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      sushidad Jun 10, 2009 08:15 AM

      Went to Fenway last night. The offerings are truly dismal for the average fan without access to the EMC club. Tried the Hilltop steak tip sandwich ($9.50). It wasn't great and the roll was awful. Thank goodness for the Guiness/Harp/Smithwick beer stand. Only 25 cents more than the watered down Bud Light.

      I had better food at the old Oriole's Memorial Stadium in Baltimore in the '70s! The only things that have been upgraded with regard to Fenway food under the Henry/Lucchino regime are the prices.

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      1. re: sushidad
        PrincessBakesALot Jun 10, 2009 08:00 PM

        I got a really good pastrami sandwich on rye last night in the concourse under the grandstand They served it with potato salad for $8.25. It was a nice big sandwich with fresh, tasty Boar's Head pastrami. They also had corned beef, turkey with stuffing and one other choice. I thought it was a good deal compared to a lot of the other choices inside.

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        cochon21 Jun 10, 2009 04:53 AM

        I had brunch at the Pavilion a couple of weeks ago. It was probably the best brunch buffet I've had in boston. A nice little raw bar, made to order miniature breakfast burritos, a nice little pastry spread. I was suprised.

        Ron Abel is the executive chef of Fenway. He took over about three years ago, I think. Prior to that he was the chef di cuisine at Icarus for years.

        The EMC club isn't bad, the problem is that they get so busy because obviously everyone comes in at the same time. There are menu changes every homestand I believe.

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          chuck s Jun 9, 2009 02:34 PM

          Grab a sausage from the Sausage Guy outside on Landsdowne St. across from the back of the wall.

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          1. re: chuck s
            C. Hamster Jun 10, 2009 08:27 AM

            Better yet, grab a sausage from Dr. Pepper's stand and get him to slather it with his homemade Inner Beauty ....

          2. MC Slim JB Jun 9, 2009 09:32 AM

            I sit in the grandstand, and I think between the new Fenway Frank and the kettle corn, you've got the two best foods available inside the park to us hoi-polloi, though Luis Tiante's Cuban sandwich ain't bad.

            I've been a guest in a corporate box now and again, and the provisions depend on what the host chooses to order. The last one I was in featured Hebrew National franks instead of Kayem dogs, a big step down (but kosher). I wasn't complaining, between the free beer, private bathroom, and ability to track other sporting events (Bruins playoff game) on the plasma indoors between innings.

            I've never breathed the rarified air of the EMC Club, but this article, though three years old, should give you a flavor. Sounds pricey: http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2006/04/12/upstairs_at_fenway/ Lobster bisque and sesame-crusted tuna in tomato/ginger sauce at the ballpark? Very swish.


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            1. re: MC Slim JB
              justbeingpolite Jun 9, 2009 12:54 PM

              On a chilly night, I'm still a fan of Legal's Clam Chowder in the park.
              Also, gotta get some outside of the park roasted peanuts before you head in (even if the man yelling "Peanuts!!!..... Pistachios!!!!..... Cashews!!!!..... Hot Pretzels!!!!" in his inimitable voice is no longer there.

              1. re: justbeingpolite
                sinned61 Jun 9, 2009 02:16 PM

                Ahh we all miss George the Peanut man....I wonder how his health is?

              2. re: MC Slim JB
                chuck s Jun 9, 2009 02:37 PM

                Hebrew National just doesn't do it for me. According to Speed they went down hill since they started to be produced in Indianapolis instead of New York. He blames it on the water.

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                chowmensch Jun 9, 2009 07:19 AM

                I am going to Fenway in a few weeks and our tickets include access to the EMC club. Has anyone eaten at the restaurant there. Any suggestions on what some of the better dishes are or what to stay away from? Thx.

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                1. re: chowmensch
                  Gabatta Jun 9, 2009 09:51 AM

                  The lobster roll in the EMC club isn't half bad (for ballpark food). You can get a Fenway Frank up there as well, but it comes in a plastic box with chips as well which justify the extra special markup. It goes without saying that everything up there is a complete gouge price wise. I haven't tried the complete sit down dinner inside and thus haven't sampled some of the higher end entrees. However, if you drink cocktails, the bartenders seem to feel bad about the drink prices and pour extremely stiff drinks which was a welcome surprise.

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                  jinx1832 Jun 9, 2009 07:08 AM

                  The Kettle Corn is a great snack, located under the bleacher/RF section.

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                  1. re: jinx1832
                    Gabatta Jun 9, 2009 09:56 AM

                    Agreed, the Kettle Corn is great. I have found the Kettle Corn by Gate E (3rd Base / Landsdowne entrance) to be much more consistent in quality this year. I got two bad batches from the RF/bleacher location (one badly burnt and the other the sugar wasn't properly melted/integrated). Hopefully those were early season jitters, but the Gate E location has been good all season, not to mention having no line vs the long waits in the other location.

                    I for one don't see a huge improvement over the old franks. I still pass them up for a sausage on the outside.

                  2. Prav Jun 9, 2009 06:47 AM

                    The new Kayem dogs are good, I hear. They replaced the Fenway Frank.

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