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lmnopm Jul 31, 2011 08:20 PM

No time to get food before the ballgame. What should we eat? What should we avoid at all costs?

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  1. ipsedixit RE: lmnopm Jul 31, 2011 09:18 PM

    Gordon Biersch garlic fries are good, get them at various concession stands. They are great paired with the Dungeness crab sandwich and/or the sourdough chowder bread bowl.

    Avoid the churros at all cost.

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      susancinsf RE: ipsedixit Aug 1, 2011 06:16 AM

      agreed that the churros are to be avoided at all costs And, if you want to wait in any lines to purchase food; either have cash or be sure (ask BEFORE you wait in line!) that not only does the stand accept credit cards (most do, at least in theory) AND that the machine is working! Apparently they were or are having some connectivity/network problems at a few of the stands this year, and when I complained about waiting in line and THEN finding out that the cc machine was down, I was told that ATT Park management prohibits any signs saying "Cash Only Today" or "Credit Card Machine Not Working" or any such. A letter of complaint to the Giants has gone unanswered.

      1. re: ipsedixit
        sfbing RE: ipsedixit Aug 1, 2011 08:21 AM

        The frybread guy (with toppings of your choice; I prefer strawberries and whipped cream) are a much better choice than the churros. He's located in the section underneath the bleachers.

        The dungeness crab sandwich in the food court behind the bleachers is quite good if expensive.

        1. re: ipsedixit
          Keesey RE: ipsedixit Aug 1, 2011 03:31 PM

          There's a hysterical, sarcastic churro seller who goes up and down the stands advertising the churros as "Sugary rubber sticks! I-I meant... churros?" and winks at the crowd.

          1. re: Keesey
            artychokeasana RE: Keesey Aug 2, 2011 09:05 AM

            I think that's the same guy who advertises his hot chocolate thusly: " get your warm sugary water...!"

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          mrs bacon RE: lmnopm Jul 31, 2011 09:35 PM

          Go for the dogs/brats that are done on the grill, rather than the pre-made ones.

          The chili dogs are OK from the Irish Pub stand and Hebrew National, if a bit messy (and the superior Coney Island Dog stand closed a couple years ago.

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          1. re: mrs bacon
            Keesey RE: mrs bacon Aug 1, 2011 03:39 PM

            Those brats are called Sheboygans! And I was going to suggest these as well. They're grilled large sausages with onions and sauerkraut. Kind of similar to a breakfast sausage but with more spices. The bread has gone down in quality... they just split right down the center. So it's more of a messy sandwich at that point. I've developed a habit of bringing my own plastic knife and fork so I can eat this w/o half of it ending up on my lap.

            I also recommend Tres Agaves' carnitas nachos.

            Here's a handy map to help you locate all of these suggestions. http://mlb.mlb.com/ballparks/stadium_... Just click on "Food" in the right-hand directory.

          2. scarmoza RE: lmnopm Jul 31, 2011 10:03 PM

            Ghirardelli hot fudge sundays sold on the top and bottom floors only are usually on my to-do list.

            1. alpine chef RE: lmnopm Jul 31, 2011 10:37 PM

              i am a fan of orlando's

              1. Robert Lauriston RE: lmnopm Aug 1, 2011 08:52 AM

                Most of the places that have better than average food and beer are all the way to the left (east) on the bottom level and all the way to the right (west) on the top level.

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                  dartinbout RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 1, 2011 11:37 AM

                  As a Giant' fanatic and a picky eater, I test eat from as many stands as possible in a variety of locations every year. I like the reuben from Murph's (and the half and half as well) on the promenade and the corned beef sandwich from the club level. The cheese steak, made behind the bleachers (Outta Here), is pretty good. Any of the carvery stands are fine. The meatbal sub from the North Beach is good and there's a pastrami baguette on the club level as well. IMHO, everything else is eminently forgettable.

                  1. re: dartinbout
                    lmnopm RE: dartinbout Aug 1, 2011 11:23 PM

                    We had carvery sandwiches - a brisket and a turkey. Generous and tasty portions of meat. The roll was underbaked/could have used toasting or something, but all in all, for under $10 each, we were pretty full.

                    We had the tres agaves nachos last time and thought they were goopy slop.

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                  rosiella1 RE: lmnopm Aug 1, 2011 03:00 PM

                  Caramel Popcorn at the Club Level is a must try! They pour caramel over the corn and toss it fresh for each serving. Oooey, Gooey goodness! =)

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                    ML8000 RE: lmnopm Aug 1, 2011 03:41 PM

                    The brat cart in the left field upper level near the bleachers is excellent. The $9 buck beer...not as much.

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                      oldunc RE: lmnopm Aug 2, 2011 06:34 AM

                      They'll all rob you blind- bring a sandwich.

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                        artychokeasana RE: oldunc Aug 2, 2011 09:10 AM

                        True, ATT Park is one of the few that let you bring in your own food. BTW: who is the "they" in "they'll rob you blind?" The Giants, the concessionaire, the MLB for taking it's cut, the players for the salaries they command, the very strong stand worker's union or SF for instituting Healthy SF?

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                          MandalayVA RE: artychokeasana Aug 2, 2011 09:29 AM

                          Actually very few baseball stadiums DON'T let you bring in your own food these days. Look at the scene outside the average MLB stadium and there's tons of people hawking water and other stuff and saying "A dollar here, 4.50 inside!" You can't bring in open containers or humongo picnic baskets but other than that you're good.

                          That being said, the garlic fries at AT&T Park are fabulous.

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                            artychokeasana RE: MandalayVA Aug 2, 2011 09:38 AM

                            just Googled and you are absolutely right. Apparently the Astros are the only MLB team that does not allow people to bring in their own food. thanks for the clarification.

                            1. re: artychokeasana
                              MandalayVA RE: artychokeasana Aug 3, 2011 04:22 AM

                              I've been to a lot of different parks--I'm one of those freaks that wants to do every MLB park before I die--so I've gotten familiar with policies, LOL. No problem.

                            2. re: MandalayVA
                              Robert Lauriston RE: MandalayVA Aug 3, 2011 11:40 AM

                              I thought the garlic fries were dreadful. Somehow they managed to dry them out while leaving them undercooked. Some of the worst fast food I've had in my life.

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                                BernalKC RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 3, 2011 12:10 PM

                                For me they've ranged from mostly good with some avoidable grease balls to dreadful. For that price they should be better and much more consistent.

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                              oldunc RE: artychokeasana Aug 2, 2011 11:14 AM

                              Whoever's doing the pricing- most likely all of the above.

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                              ML8000 RE: oldunc Aug 2, 2011 12:52 PM

                              A burrito is the way to go for BYOF. A brat is reasonable...beverages not so much.

                            5. Beach Chick RE: lmnopm Aug 2, 2011 09:15 AM

                              Some of the best food and drink in the ballpark world is at AT&T..next is Petco Park.
                              Garlic fries are my fave's along with some vintage wine or a great beers they have on tap.
                              Fans are so nice and respectful with a some smack thrown in for good measure.

                              We fly up at least once a year to see our Padres kick ass over the Giants...
                              ; )

                              1. artychokeasana RE: lmnopm Aug 2, 2011 09:19 AM

                                It all depends on where your ticket allows you to go. For Lower Box and View Level-I agree with what's been written: The North Beach Meatball Sub, The grilled to order Brats, The Crazy Crab sandwich, the cheesesteak-are all good. The California cook out has a lamb sausage that my friend raved about. I personally also like the Giants Dog. For the club level the caramel corn is great, as are the "apple fries" where they take a whole apple put it through an in and out burger type potato cutter and then drizzle the apple sticks with hot caramel and top with crushed peanuts. I'm also a fan of the baked potato bar-a way too big baker that they top with the items of your choosing. The sushi concession's Hoisin Braised Short Rib rice bowl is also pretty good kinda cool that you can get brown rice if you want. Finally the burritos and fish tacos from the Mexican place are pretty good though they taste a little too healthy to me. There's one other level of ticket which gets you into the Field Club-it's got almost all the same food as the club-but they do have a chinese place with a steamed pork bun with an asiany herb salad on top that my SIL swears by. There is also a wine bar in the Field Club that sells some pretty good wines by the glass.

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                                  moto RE: artychokeasana Aug 3, 2011 12:54 PM

                                  Mijita is the Mexicalifornia place on the ground floor that shares the entry to the park with the Public House ; both places have the same owner/proprietor. Their food is competent, fresh and healthier than most stuff offered inside the park ; the guacamole and chips is comparable to a well made home version and pretty ideal as a ball park munchie.

                                  1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111

                                  Public House
                                  24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94101

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                                    smatbrat RE: artychokeasana Jul 28, 2012 02:27 PM

                                    THis is very correct. Depends on where you go.
                                    if im on the CLUB LEVEL: I like the baked potato next to the carvery and I LOVE the farmers market stand, mainly for the water melon fresca and apple fries.

                                    View reserve, top level: I LOVE a cha cha bowl from orlando's (just wish I could add a fried egg onto it) the Nachos from Tres are fab and my main fav thing to do is go to the carvery and get the turkey sammy, no cranberry sauce, ADD Chili with cheese and onions. you just have to ask, they will do it NP

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                                    margieco RE: lmnopm Aug 2, 2011 11:55 AM

                                    I agree with other posters that there's great food inside the park.
                                    I'm a fan of the cha cha bowl (I think Orlando's), the nachos and tacos from Tres Agaves, and the north beach meatball sub.

                                    But my favorite thing to do is to go to Public House and get their food to go (and beer). They have their own entrance to the park so you can bring beer and food from there directly in (and go there in the middle of the game to restock up).

                                    Public House
                                    24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94101

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                                    1. re: margieco
                                      artychokeasana RE: margieco Aug 3, 2011 08:06 AM

                                      I haven't had any food at the Public House that I've wanted to have again. What do you like? I've had some good beers though. Sort of bummed that their wine selection is so mediocre-but then I guess wine and baseball don't go together like beer and baseball. Looking forward to hearing what you like at The Public House-I want to like it there, I just don't...yet.

                                      Public House
                                      24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94101

                                    2. GretchenS RE: lmnopm Jul 28, 2012 08:53 AM

                                      On the club level, several of us got the carved-to-order corned beef sandwich at the Irish pub place and it was very good, probably the best thing I have ever eaten at a ballpark. Came with sautéed onions, slaw and pickle, with about 6 or 8 condiments available, including various mustards, horseradish sauce, jalapeños, etc. We also shared an order of "chips" (fries) that were excellent - fresh, hot, perfectly cooked - and plenty for four of us to share. Gorgeous ballpark and it was hysterical how the seagulls started circling the second the game was over, knowing they'd be eating like kings in a few minutes....

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                                        dunstable RE: lmnopm Jul 28, 2012 02:19 PM

                                        If I find myself wanting food during a game at AT&T, I go to that area in the bleachers behind center field where all the food stands are. That area has the most variety; most of the rest of the park has the same pizza and hot dogs fare that you can find at any ballpark in America.

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