Peanuts! Popcorn! Chicken Parm? Yep. You heard that right. Ballpark food isn’t just limited to hot dogs and Cracker Jacks anymore. The season is halfway over, but it’s not too late to get MLB tickets to experience some of best, new Major League restaurants. All across America, franchises are teaming up with local restaurants to offer food at the ballgame that goes well beyond your standard concession stand fare. Right now, there’s even a Top Chef serving classic Italian sandwiches. Plus, with craft beers and bourbon replacing watered-down brews, it’s an exciting time to be a food-loving baseball fan. Halfway through the season, these food and beverage outlets have proven themselves to be the best new restaurants in the league.
At Nationals Park, Try G by Mike Isabella
You may know Mike Isabella as the loudmouthed chef from the immensely enjoyable Season Six of Bravo’s Top Chef competition. DC residents know him as one of the city’s biggest culinary stars and now Nationals fans get to share in the fun, too. G by Mike Isabella at Nationals Park has a more limited menu than its Columbia Heights location, but you can still get awesome sandwiches like their Chicken Parm, Italian Hero, Roasted Cauliflower (vegetarian), and The Drewno, a housemade kielbasa sausage with spicy giardianiera and sauerkraut.Get Washington Nationals tickets to try out the ballpark Parm.
In San Diego, Petco Park Welcomes Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop
Petco Park got a major influx of local favorites this summer including Hodad’s, Rimel’s, and The Baked Bear, but the most exciting development in San Diego’s baseball scene may be Lucha Libre. They’re serving California Burritos and those are sacred in SD. For those not familiar, it’s a giant burrito with fries inside and it’s pretty much the only thing that can fill you up after a full morning of surfing. Padres fans can finally get their hands on one at the Toyota TerraceSave on San Diego Padres tickets and score a California Burrito
At Coors Field, Don’t Miss out on the CHUBurger
Oskar Blues makes incredible beer. Now, it appears they’re making incredible burgers, too. They opened their first CHUBurger in Longmont, CO in April of last year and for 2014, they’ve unveiled their second location at the new premium Rooftop section at Coors Field. Rockies devotees can get all-natural burgers cooked on a steam-heated grill, fresh cut fries, and boozy milkshakes. As a bonus, those burgers come from local Black Angus beef that are grass-fed and beer-grain-finished. How very Colorado.Don’t miss out on Colorado Rockies tickets and one of the best burgers in baseball.
Dodger Stadium Welcomes Tommy Lasorda’s Italian Trattoria
Tommy Lasorda will forever be intertwined with the Dodgers and now he’s got a Dodger Stadium restaurant with a photographic shrine to him to prove it. Tommy Lasorda’s Italian Trattoria serves up classic Italian comfort food like meatballs and Italian sausage, pizza by the slice, garlic fries (those are Italian?), and gelato to hungry fans who can’t get enough of the former skipper. The next time you’re hungry in Los Angeles, head over to Right Field and Tommy will fix you right up.
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Comerica Park Upgrades with The New Amsterdam 416
It’s not exactly a restaurant, but this huge new bar space is exactly what Tigers fans need in the outfield. After years of complaints about not having enough room to move, Detroiters can now spread out and enjoy a game in style with stadium seats, tables, and a huge 45 foot fire pit. The view of the game from the bar is also supposed to be spectacular, so instead of getting up to grab another beer you can just flag down the bartender. Now that’s progress.Check out the scene and get your Detroit Tigers tickets today.
Great American Ballpark Introduces The Reds Brewery District
How does a beer sound? Good, right? How about sixty different beers? That’s what Reds fans have waiting for them at The Reds Brewery District, a huge new addition on the third base concourse. This bar is a whopping 85-feet long and serves sudsy mainstays like Goose Island and Stella in addition to 23 different craft brews. The best part is that among those craft beers are a dozen from the Cincinnati area like Rivertown, 50 West, Christian Moerlein, Blank Slate, MadTree, Mt. Carmel, and Rhinegeist.
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Miller Park Has AJ Bombers
People in Wisconsin love the funky burgers at AJ Bombers and now they get to enjoy them at Miller Park. Try the Barrie Burger, a bacon cheeseburger that comes with peanut butter on top, or grab an order of buffalo chicken eggrolls with ranch or blue cheese. For dessert, AJ Bombers is serving up Milwaukee’s most signature dish: frozen custard. Get it on its own or as a shake. Better yet, order a Concrete, frozen custard’s answer to the Blizzard.Save on Milwaukee Brewers tickets and treat yourself to a concrete.
Minute Maid Park Brings in Texas Smoke: Caswell’s & Killen’s Texas Smokehouse
For many people, Texas = Barbecue, so it only makes sense that Minute Maid Park has taken Houston’s best ‘que and brought it to the ballpark. Texas Smoke, the collaboration of chefs Bryan Caswell and Ronnie Killen, is serving up brisket sandwiches, loaded baked potatoes, burgers, and other barbecue favorites plus country sides like baked beans and slaw. Bring your ten-gallon hat and your appetite.Get Houston Astros tickets and test the best of Texas BBQ.
At Progressive Field, Don’t Miss out on Bob Evans Sausage Bar
It may not have the cache of highfalutin chefs, but Indians fans now have the pleasure of going to a Bob Evans Sausage Bar for some grub while watching The Tribe. That means grilled sausages, your choice of toppings, and chips chips chips. Pair it with some soft-serve from local favorite Pierre’s Ice Cream and you’re good to go.Save on Cleveland Indians tickets.
Target Field Has the Butcher and the Boar
Butcher and the Boar was the talk of the town in the Twin Cities in 2013 and now Twins fans get in on the action with their very own Target Field location. Rib tips, Knob Creek served neat, and a Jim Beam Hurricane cocktail are all on the menu along with microbrews like Summit EPA and Grain Belt Nordeast. Look like it’s time for a trip to Minneapolis, dontchaknow.Don’t miss out on Minnesota Twins tickets.
By Jason Kessler for the ScoreBlog