Tasty Ballpark Meals You'll Want to Try for the Big Game

ballpark foodIt's World Series time, everybody! And that makes me hungry. Partly because both St. Louis and Texas barbecue are out of this world, and partly because I did not get to eat enough this summer at the ballpark. That's right, the baseball stadiums across America have some pretty amazing food going way beyond Cracker Jacks and peanuts. Apparently someone got the memo that baseball fans also appreciate a nice four-star dining experience and will shell out even more money for a gourmet hot dog. It's true, we will! (Well, maybe not $80, but more than $5.)

In fact, these seven ballparks are worth heading out to and taking in a game, just for the food.

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1. San Francisco Giants AT&T Park

Whether you decide to enjoy the wine bar or gravitate toward crab cocktail and sushi, all your culinary wishes can come true at AT&T Park. Don't worry, you can still get a classic hot dog at the home of the Giants, but you'll also have the ahi tuna sandwich option just in case.

2. Citi Field

The new home of the New York Mets decided to up their food game by getting restaurateur Danny Meyer involved in their grand opening. If you can't get to the Flatiron District of Manhattan during the week, catch a game and enjoy Meyer's Shake Shack at Citi Field. You know you've been wanting to try one of the world's best burgers. Now is your chance. Go Mets!

3. Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Former Baltimore Oriole MVP John "Boog" Powell serves up some regional specialties at Oriole Park. His finest pit beef and pork sandwiches smothered with BBQ sauce is the only (and most delicious) way to go when you're catching a game in Baltimore.

4. Tropicana Field

Tampa Bay will woo you with the year-round good weather and their Cuban sandwiches. But if that's not enough to get you excited about a Rays game, go with an empty stomach and belly up to the paella.

5. Progressive Field

Cleveland does indeed rock. At least at Progressive Field where you can dine in style at the Terrace Club with cloth tablecloth service. Also they have this thing called Buffalo Mac and Cheese. I don't know what it is, but I WANT it.

6. Yankee Stadium

Even though the New York Yankees didn't go as all out in the way of food as their subway series competition, there are still some exceptional options at Yankee Stadium. Including Brother Jimmy's BBQ, delicious flavored gourmet popcorn from Popcorn, Indiana, and a steak house where you can get your meat on.

7. Dodger Stadium

You can't talk delicious stadium food without a tip to the Dodger Dog. Get it grilled to be a classic fan, or steam it up and slather it with condiments. A foot-long dog will take you all the way to the seventh-inning stretch.

What's your favorite stadium food?


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