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Best and Most Unique Ballpark Food in America

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majors and minors. hot dogs to ethnic. items you wouldnt normally think of as ballpark food

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  1. yea, see, I'm a baseball fan from waaaay back and it is about tradition. I want peanuts, hot dog, etc. so I'm not qualified to answer this question.

    1. From Wikipedia:

      The Gateway Grizzlies baseball team of Sauget, Illinois have served the Luther Burger at their ballpark. Their version consists of a deep-fried Krispy Kreme doughnut around a black Angus all-beef patty, melted cheese, and two strips of bacon. Dubbed a cardiologist's worst nightmare, this burger is 1,000 calories (4,200 kJ). Aside from bringing in revenue from sales, it has drawn more fans to come out to the ballpark: apparently, attendance at games has increased and the burger is one of the most popular aspects of the park. The burger has met with criticism from burger purists and from people who are turned off by the thought of the taste and the health implications.

      1. Myrtle Beach Pelicans : chicken bog balls

        Charleston River Dogs: pig on a stick
        pimento pickle burger


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        1. re: LaLa

          Interesting that the Pelicans site doesn't tell you what a Bog Ball IS!!! It mentions it as a specialty but gives no description. Are they afraid to say? ;o] I guess, if you're from Myrtle Beach, you'll know.

          1. re: Midlife

            Chicken bog is a chicken and rice stew. So, chicken and rice balls, and I'm guessing deep fried.

          2. If you visit Nationals Park you can purchase a $59 StrasBurger. The StrasBurger is a monstrous 8 pound all beef burger (combination of ground brisket, chuck and short ribs). The burger is served on a large burger bun with secret sauce, American cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onions, pickle chips and served with a cone basket of fresh cut fries and a pitcher of your choice of soft drink.

            It serves 8.

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            1. re: CDouglas

              Have you had it or know or heard anyone who has? Catching a Nats game next month with a group and, well, we'll be hungry.

              1. re: Silverjay

                I have not yet but have plans to get one later this season with some other Dads when my son's travel baseball team goes to a Nats game.

                These donkeys did: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/d...

            2. This is kind of tame by comparison to the other items mentioned. But, I have to give props to the Milwaukee Brewers for their baked potato topped with brisket and sour cream. It is really, really tasty and a generous portion for the money. (But, because it's work intensive, the waiting line can move pretty slow.) Somewhere in the park they also do a brisket and mashed potato parfait, but I haven't found it yet.

              1. I am an on-again/off-again pescatarian. When I'm on the wagon, I get a lobster roll at Fenway.

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                1. re: LeoLioness

                  They have a decent lobster roll, too. The best ballpark food, to me, is in the streets surrounding Fenway...great stuff.

                  1. re: pinehurst

                    It's okay, but will do in a pinch.

                    I agree about the food outside being much better. Then again, not hard to top Aramack crap. I made a mistake and got a sausage inside the stands last month--blech! Sausage Guy forever.

                2. I think most of the answers to this question are going to be something over the top, like the donut burger mentioned by carolinadawg. I don't usually see much fresh or healthy food at ballparks.

                  Busch Stadium in St. Louis has a barbecue bacon dog, which is a hot dog wrapped in bacon, topped with baked beans, pico de gallo, grilled onions, fried onions, barbecue sauce, and aioli. Sounds monstrous, but actually looks and tastes pretty great. More than one might kill you, though.

                  Autozone Park in Memphis (AAA Redbirds - Cards' affiliate) has barbecue nachos from the Rendezvous - pork or chicken over chips with the usual nacho accompaniments, plus barbecue sauce. Another guilty pleasure. They also have chicken on a stick, which is sort of a traditional Mississippi gas station deli thing - deep fried chicken, pickles, and potatoes on a stick (sort of like a corn dog). Also really good in a bad sort of way.

                  1. Sandwiches from Boogs at Camden Yards.

                    Also not about baseball but also in B-more, Attman's sandwiches at Ravens Stadium.

                    1. Cracker Jacks; has to be in the cardboard box!

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                      1. re: HillJ

                        Very refined choice! I don't think I've ever seen anyone eating Cracker Jacks at a ball game. Individuality is a plus. ;o]

                        1. re: Midlife

                          Really? Gosh from my very first ballgame to one only two weeks ago, Cracker Jacks is always a must. They sell it in big foil pouches now...but the cardboard box remains my favorite way to enjoy it.

                          according to wikip, it's part of baseball lore!

                          1. re: HillJ

                            PEANUTS ARE THE ONLY WAY TO GO!!!!! ;o]]]]] Well................. whatever does it for YOU is fine.

                            1. re: Midlife

                              Midlife are you actually yelling at me about peanuts? Good grief.

                              1. re: HillJ

                                No. Just used caps for emphasis. ;o]]]]]] added to be sure I wasn't misunderstood, but I guess not.

                                1. re: Midlife

                                  Heavens no Midlife. It's all good!

                              2. re: Midlife

                                here it is boiled panuts! Yum!

                              3. re: HillJ

                                Buy me some peanuts and cracker jacks;
                                I don't care if I ever get back

                            2. re: HillJ

                              For the record it is Cracker Jack - no "s". It is that way on the box, in Norworth's song and known to all little boys who wish to grow up and become a big league ballplayer.

                              1. re: CDouglas

                                I eat more than one bag!

                                Cracker Jacks is the way I roll since 1958.

                                But thank you for a stroll down correction lane, CD.
                                Always nice to know someone's paying attention.

                            3. I don't know about whether they're the best or most unique, but I think the best ballpark food name goes to Ichirolls, which are tuna rolls served at Safeco Field and named in honor of Mariners all-star Ichiro Suzuki.

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                              1. re: Erika L

                                I always liked Dixies Barbecue at Safeco. How they put 'meet the man' sauce on a toothpick, it was THAT hot. I always met the man. ;o)

                                1. re: Erika L

                                  My new Safeco Field addiction is the cheddar cheese brats from Uli's Sausages. Those are definitely unique to Seattle.

                                  I don't know if Shiskaberries are all that unique, but they're damn good. That's my usual 8th inning dessert.

                                2. Hot dogs at Rangers Park (Arlington TX), especially the "Boomstick".

                                  1. Clearwater Threshers have fried grouper sandwiches and Philly Cheesesteaks, with Yuengling and Cigar City on tap.

                                    Tampa Bay Rays have Cuban sandwiches, along with an outpost of outback steakhouse and checkers since both have their headquaters here. Cigar city on draft too!