Eight outlandish foods (& drinks) served at MLB stadiums

Eight outlandish foods (& drinks) served at MLB stadiums
New last year at Wrigley. The Joe Madden Italian sub. Photo: Chicago Tribune

Baseball season is past the halfway mark. If you haven’t gotten to the ballpark yet–you have no one to blame but yourself.

Wondering what to eat? When you think ballpark food, do you think hot dogs and Cracker Jacks or do you think yogurt and oysters? It seems that now you can get any of the above and lots more.

Each year as the stakes (and profits) get higher, the offerings get crazier.

Here are eight of the most outlandish foods and drinks on ballpark menus for 2016.

1. T.E.D.: The Everything Dog (Turner Field, Atlanta)

The Everything Dog at Turner Field (named after Braves team owner Ted Turner, get it T.E.D) is a foot-long hot dog piled high with fries, chili, nacho chips, beer cheese, jalapeño peppers and popcorn blanketed with a Coca-Cola-infused BBQ sauce. Kind of hard to picture–but here it is.Ballparkfood1TED (Close Up)]

 2. Buffalo Cauliflower Poutine (Rogers Centre, Toronto)

Although the Poutine–typically french fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy–has been making waves across the US, Canada is still king of the poutine. The Aramark people who run the concessions at Rogers Centre in Toronto decided to turn things up another notch with their ballpark poutine. Instead of fries they use lightly breaded cauliflower tossed with Buffalo hot sauce then topped with cheese curds and smothered in a “cheesy” gravy complete with chopped scallions.

Buffalo, cauliflower poutine. Photo:  Aramark

Buffalo, cauliflower poutine. Photo: Aramark

3. Cracker Jack and Mac Dog (PNC Park, Pittsburgh)

Taking things beyond the traditional hot dogs and Cracker Jacks Aramark created the ultimate ballpark box meal–the Cracker Jack Mac.  The Cracker Jack and Mac Dog is a foot-long, all-beef hot dog topped with Cracker Jacks, mac n cheese, salted caramel sauce and fried jalapenos served on naan bread. Personally, I would have stopped after the mac n cheese.

Cracker Jack Mac.

Cracker Jack Mac. Photo: Aramark

4. Tajin Vegetable and Mango Poke (Petco Park, San Diego)

It figures, California, the health food capital of the US, would come up with healthy ballpark food which is pretty much an oxymoron in other parts of the baseball world. The Poke, a Hawaiian raw fish salad, is served in several different ways at the ballpark’s new Bumble Bee Poke Bar. Also available for health conscious fans at Petco Park is more fish at their Brigantine Oyster Bar–or fans can go crazy for yogurt in Yogurtland.

ballparkfoodTajin Vegetable and Mango Poke copy

5. Slider Dog (Progressive Field, Cleveland)

You’ve got to be a little loopy to try Cleveland’s Slider Dog topped with–among other things–Froot Loops. Happy Dog, a new vendor at Progressive Field, has taken the perfectly respectable wiener and used it as a canvas for bacon, mac n cheese and Froot Loops—yes, you know the ones–the nasty neon colored Kellogg’s cereal loops.

The Slider Dog.

The Slider Dog.

6. 108 Burger (Citi Field, New York)

The Big Apple offers the 108 burger–a burger with a New York accent.  The 6-ounce LaFrieda burger is piled high with hand-sliced hot pastrami, New York deli mustard and havarti cheese on a fresh-baked pretzel roll.

108 Burger.

108 Burger.

7. The Adult Snow Cone (U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago)

The easily portable adult snow cone is the way to chill at the Cell.  This treat is a classic snow cone served with your choice of syrup and finished with vodka.  Find it for $9 at the Snow Cone Carts in Sections 105 and 533 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Adult Snow Cone. Photo: 2016 Daniel Delgado/Chicago White Sox

Adult Snow Cone. Photo: 2016 Daniel Delgado/Chicago White Sox

8. Chicago Dog Bloody Mary (Wrigley Field, Chicago)

The Chicago Dog Bloody Mary (CDBM) is more than a drink, it’s a meal in a glass. Here’s what you get: one finger of vodka, tomato juice, celery salt, yellow mustard and relish with a skewered pickle, cocktail onion, sport pepper, tomato, red pepper and mini Vienna beef cocktail wiener.The CDBM, only available to fans in the Budweiser Bleachers, sells for $15 at the Three Fingers stand in back of the right field bleachers. ballparkfoodwrigley

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