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  1. MPR had a nice segment on this, other than the sports talkers on KFAN and CCO. They said to avoid Senior Smokes, Hrbek's is quite good (pulled port with jicama slaw?), and Kramarczuks, however it's spelled. I've heard the cheese curds are a bit disappointing as well.

    I'm going tomorrow and will be limited as a vegetarian, but hope to find something. Eli's before the game.

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    1. re: semanticantics

      Went to the game on July 1. Had the Polish from Kramarczuks. Best Polish I've had in a long time. Friend had the Cuban sandwich - she and her son both gave it thumbs up. We saw the soft shell tacos- looked good, but no room. Same with the roasted corn (both on the 3rd floor, 1st base side). Sister had the walleye fish and chips - said it was horrible (but she's a chef...) and said no way it was walleye... A couple of friends had the hot dogs served in the seats - no complaints from them. We all loved the great selection of beer. And the beatuiful stadium. Final note - go for the game, beer, peanuts, and scenery, not the food.

      1. re: rp1760

        The walleye, or whatever is it, is horrible. There ought to be a law, really...

        ~TDQ

    2. I had heard that Thousand Hills beef was supposed to be available somewhere at Target Field. Anyone seen it? I've looked, both on the web and at the park, and have seen no sign... Disappointing, since that appeared to be my only chance at eating meat at a ballgame...

      1. I look forward to some reviews of the food there - they seem to have a great job on Target Field...especially since the U screwed up big time at TCF Bank stadium with absolutely horrible food options.

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        1. re: scoopG

          Mayslack's roast beef sandwich at TCF Bank Stadium is actually pretty good, as long as you don't have to wait so long for it that it's cold by the time you get back to your seat. I agree with you that it's nice that the Twins decided not to go the Aramark route that TCF bank stadium did. I hope TCF bank stadium dumps Aramark, or, at least doesn't renew their contract at the end of three years and tries to get some real food in there.

          ~TDQ

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          Aramark
          3033 Campus Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55441

          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Oh - there were no Mayslack's site where I was sitting! And it was the first game too. Am disappointed to see they will now be selling alcohol at TCF, something no other Big Ten school/stadium does.

            Edit: Don't know why this link automatically pops up for the BTR&B and I find it won't stay removed when I try and delete it...

            1. re: scoopG

              At TCF Bank Stadium--I think there's only one Mayslack's offering in the entire building. So, if it's not near you, you'll have to walk it. That's why it's very possible it might be cold when you get back to your seats with it. They have also reached out to some local restaurants, Panino's, St. Paul Bagelry, and Dino's Gyros, which aren't my favorite restaurants, but, again, it's probably better than Aramark crap.

              I heard the beer is only going to be in the suites.

              ~TDQ

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              Dino's Gyros
              1670 Snelling Ave N, Falcon Heights, MN 55108

              Aramark
              3033 Campus Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55441

              1. re: scoopG

                We removed the link to the BTR&B for you.

              2. re: The Dairy Queen

                DQ, the Twins didn't go with Aramark, however they did go with Delaware North in a similar deal. Like the airport, the local names are probably licensed to the operating company.

                http://www.delawarenorth.com/sportser...

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                Aramark
                3033 Campus Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55441

                1. re: JimGrinsfelder

                  I heard Vincent personally called the Twins and asked to be considered for inclusion in the concession offerings. It's possible that licensor could have a contractual arrangement to maintain some control or influence over how their product is handled at Target Field, you just don't know.

                  ~TDQ

            2. I paid the $12 (ouch!) for the Vincent Burger. To judge it, I'm not sure whether to use restaurant standards or ball park standards. So, I'll use ball park standards.... The burger was quite good. It was crispy on the outside with a fresh bun. The center of the burger had pulled pork and cheese. The cheese disappeared however. The flavor was robust, and I thought the pork kept enough juicyness to make for a nice snack. Also, the burger did not come with anything else- for the price, I would have like a few potato chips as well.

              Also, Mtullius, there are Wild Acres Turkey legs available from the State Fair stand, I believe. I haven't tried them yet, but it is high on my priority list.

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              1. re: KyleThomas

                Actually, the Vincent burger has braised boneless beef shortribs inside of it.

                1. re: John E.

                  We went to our first game last night. Had a great time! I tried the steak sandwich which was good by ballpark standards, but it seemed like a lot of bun for the amount of meat you got. I think a smaller bun would be much better. Hubby had the nachos grande from Senor Smokes. He said it was good and a lot of food.

                  So my question is - where is the Vincent burger at? We were on the 1st base line and I scoped out that whole locale from the plaza to probably section 115 and didn't see it. The crowds are crazy so it's hard to navigate to far past your seating area if you want to have any hope of watching the game and eating warm food.

                  1. re: Seige

                    Vincent Burgers are just listed as an item in some of the standard looking food stands, not a standalone "kiosk" or whatever.

                    At least that was my passing observation.

                    I'm pretty shocked there isn't some kind of GPS-enabled iPhone and/or Droid App for finding stuff there.

                    On a side note, after about 20 trips through the dishwasher, my souvenir travel mug (mentioned below...hot chocolate) still looks brand new. Now that is a great ballpark value IMO.

                    1. re: MSPD

                      Went back for the second time last night. For anyone wondering, the Vincent burgers are in the Hennepin Grilles, not the Mill City Grills. I got one last night and it was good. Worthy of $12? Yeah, probably, if we're going by ballpark standards. Hubby got the polish sausage and a brat from Kramarczuk's. We both agreed that the polish was much better - would totally get that again.

                      I also caved and got a red velvet cupcake from the Espresso/Bakery cart. OMG - who is making these cupcakes? WHO?! I must know. It was so good. Big, super moist, yummy cream cheese frosting. I will be a complete slave to these cupcakes on future visits and I've become a bit of a cupcake connoisseur. Would highly recommend. Hubby got a soft serve cone from the Northland Creamery. Just seemed meh - nothing stellar and honestly it didn't seem all that creamy to me at all.

                2. re: KyleThomas

                  I didn't try the Wild Acres Turkey legs at the State Fair stand (there is no sign indicating that they're from Wild Acres, but they are.)

                  I did try the Murray's Steak Sandwich. It is pretty good - nothing life changing, but two decent slices of beef on a ciabatta roll with some sauteed onions and cheese. You get a piece of Garlic toast with it.

                  TCL tried the Vegetarian Stir Fry from the Asian Food Cart. It was a bit oily, but good, with a decent amount of spicy. Not something I'd go out of my way to get, but nice change of pace for non-meat eaters. The selection of vegetarian options at Target Field is far and above any of the other local sporting venues.

                  Lines for food are definately long.