Ballpark Food Ideas: What Should I Eat At The Game? (Part 2)
Posted by Kurt Smith
In a previous installment of this blog, I told a story of being in a ballpark that I didn’t know too much about and looking for ballpark food ideas. Not an easy thing if you don’t know going in what is available, as I found out.
But I’ve thought about what sort of tips I could give people who haven’t yet ordered a Ballpark E-Guide, and suddenly find themselves in a situation where there are so many great options and they don’t want to miss out. Here’s some tips for you:
1) Don’t Miss More Than An Inning In Line. At Citizens Bank Park in Philly you’ll be waiting in line for Tony Luke’s or Campo’s cheesesteaks. There’s always a line for the Shake Shack at Citi Field, where people salivate to sink their teeth into a Shackburger. Yankee Stadium usually has a line for the Lobel’s sandwich. All of these are pretty good, but there are always great alternatives…you can get great platter at Bull’s BBQ in Philly, there are other great burgers at Citi Field, and Yankee Stadium has some crazy sandwiches. If you want to try a Shackburger, get there when the gates open and jump in line then.
2) Look For The “Food Court” Equivalent. At Camden Yards it’s Eutaw Street; at Fenway Park it’s the Big Concourse; at Comerica Park in Detroit it’s the Big Cat Court. Most every ballpark has one or two areas where almost all of the unusual food choices at the ballpark are represented. This will spare you from footing it around the rest of the concourse areas, since just about anything you might want is a short distance away and you can have a good look at everything.
3) Stay Low. If you have an upper level seat, you might want to get something to eat before you make it to your spot, since at most ballparks there are many more options on the lower level. I can’t think of an example of a stand that was available on the upper level of a ballpark that wasn’t anywhere on the lower level. Not saying it never happens, but it’s rare.
4) Be Patient. Look around and don’t make a decision until you know most of what is available. If you don’t mind the walk, you can usually circle the entire ballpark on the lower concourse. Many times I’ve gone into a venue I wasn’t familiar with, grabbed a generic dog and then saw the loaded fries or cheesesteak nachos and thought, man if I still had money left and an empty stomach I’d be all over that!
5) Bring Your Own Peanuts And Sodas/Water. Have some money left over for the good stuff.
There’s five generic tips that should make things easier if you don’t have a menu on hand. We get a finite amount of ballgames in our lives…eat well at every one of them.
That’s how much it cost a family of four to see a major league baseball game in 2016, according to the MLB Fan Cost Index.
Are you planning to see one, two, or ten live baseball games this season? Do you want to know ways to slash that ridiculous total, AND find a great seat, parking spot, and a tasty sandwich at the game?
Or would you rather keep paying more than you have to?