Posted by Kurt Smith
It’s baseball season! If you’re planning a trip to Baltimore for an Orioles game, you’re probably interested in the Camden Yards food menu. At the very least, you would want to know what Baltimore local favorites are represented in the concession stands.
I’m here to help…below I’ve listed ten of my favorite Oriole Park at Camden Yards food choices, including some new food offerings. And of course, I’ve included some tasty pictures!
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We’ll start with five picks that can arguably be “only in Baltimore” (well, almost…I think they have Boardwalk Fries in Washington too):
Camden Yards Food, Tip #1) Boog’s BBQ. Topping the list, of course, is Boog’s BBQ, named for the star first baseman of the early 1970s teams. Boog Powell still occasionally meets and greets with fans, although he’s not there as often as he used to be.
Given that it’s survived for 30+ seasons, and that the lines still get long, I’d say Orioles fans still think that Boog’s BBQ sandwiches and platters are the best of the Oriole Park food options. It’s not technically a regional food, but it doesn’t get more Baltimore than a plate of Boog’s BBQ at Camden Yards.
It’s truly amazing grub…pit beef, turkey or brisket sandwiches, or platters that include beans and Old Bay chips, with an above average station of condiment choices nearby.
It’s easy to find Boog’s; it’s the central attraction of Eutaw Street and you can sometimes see smoke wafting from the place. Again, lines get long early on game day, so if you want to try it without missing the rest of the ballpark, get there when the gates open if you can.
I had an Orioles employee share a great pro tip with me…bring your own roll, and ask for your sandwich “naked” to get more meat on your plate. I love people who baseball fan right.
Camden Yards Food, Tip #2) Stuggy’s Crab Mac and Cheese Dogs. This is one local joint that thankfully the Orioles kept around. Stuggy’s is your place to get unusual hot dogs Baltimore-style. The restaurant itself is a Fells Point institution in the city, and they’re known for hot dogs with wacky toppings. You could take a trip there and try some of their fancier offerings; Fells Point isn’t far from the Yard.
At Camden Yards though their signature Maryland thing stands out…the crab mac and cheese dog. Check out the pic; enough said. Pretty much all of the food stuffs you need for a Baltimore baseball meal, including Old Bay seasoning.
Incidentally, Stuggy’s dogs are a challenge to keep on a plate; I would sit down with a fork and napkins to eat one.
Camden Yards Food, Tip #3) Jimmy’s Famous Seafood Sandwiches. Jimmy’s Famous Seafood is a Baltimore restaurant whose Maryland-style crab cakes (is there any other style?) have been featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and “Beat Bobby Flay”, so a TV network dedicated to food likes their stuff.
Their stand in the left field corner features crab cake sandwiches, shrimp rolls, Mo Gabba’s fried shrimp and a crab cake egg roll. All with bay sauce of course. Oh, and crabby fries to go with.
April through November is peak Maryland blue crab season, so your Jimmy’s sandwich will rock even if in the unlikely event that the Orioles make the World Series. You can try Jimmy’s food outside of the ballpark, even if you don’t live in the area; just order it on their website.
The Harris Creek Oyster stand appears to be gone unfortunately, so Jimmy’s appears to be the spot for seafood.
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Camden Yards Food, Tip #4) Vida Taco Bar. The Vida Taco Bar, near home plate on the first base side of the lower concourse, is another local establishment with a few locations in the region, although they’ve closed their outpost at the Inner Harbor.
At Oriole Park they have chicken, beef or pork tacos…and for vegetarian sorts, they have a sweet potato hash vegetarian taco. You can get chicken or beef loaded nachos and street corn dipped in queso dip here too. It’s the best place here to get your Mexican food fix on.
Vida sources their ingredients locally and fresh squeezes their juices daily, as any taco provider should. So it’s above average tacos. They claim their soup of the day is always Tequila – and you can get a margarita here.
Camden Yards Food, Tip #5) Boardwalk Fries. Boardwalk Fries has been a staple of Camden Yards grub for as long as I can remember, and I remember when the place opened. They originated in White Marsh, Maryland and are all over the Ocean City boardwalk, they’ve even expanded to places like Qatar. (Sorry if you didn’t read that in time for your World Cup visit.)
They’re on the first base side in the lower concourse; top your amazing crispy fries with Old Bay, crab queso and green onions (ask for “Chesapeake fries”). Or get Buffalo or hibachi fries. Again, these get messy and I would sit down with them, but I can personally testify that Boardwalk Fries are all that.
For hot dogs and sausages, sadly they’re not Esskay anymore, but the Orioles didn’t venture too far from Baltimore:
Camden Yards Food, Tip #6) Camden Franks. It’s never hard to find a hot dog at a ballpark, but Camden Franks stands feature your jumbo dogs, and the dogs are made by Hoffman’s Meats in Hagerstown. So even with hot dogs you’re getting authentic regional eats.
If you’re in Baltimore for baseball and crab stuff, Camden Franks has a Maryland Dog, which is a quarter pound hot dog with crab dip and Old Bay potato sticks piled on. Again, bring fork and napkins…
Camden Franks stands are scattered around the upper and main concourse, and they’re easy to find.
Camden Yards Food, Tip #7) Ballpark Sausage. “Ballpark Sausage” doesn’t sound terribly unique. Most of us probably could have thought of that name without much effort. But I thought I’d at least give a mention to the sausages at Oriole Park being made by Uncle Charley’s.
Uncle Charley Armitage was a seasoning and spice man, so he undoubtedly knew a bit about making a great sausage. All natural casings and no additives too. He was from western PA, so not entirely local, but a good ballpark sausage is worth a few hundred miles.
In addition to the spice blends, there’s also (more Maryland flavor coming!) the Uncle Charley’s Chesapeake sausage here, with caramelized onions, orange peppers (get it?), and Old Bay queso on a hoagie roll.
My next two aren’t actually Baltimore institutions, but there is a small link to being so with each:
Camden Yards Food, Tip #8) Butcher’s Hill Deli. If you’d like to eat slightly healthier, the Butcher’s Hill Deli might be a good spot…they have deli-style sandwiches, of which the “Kingston” looked most appealing to me: a jerk chicken sandwich with pineapple chutney, spicy slaw, greens and garlic mayo on a toasted potato bun. If you like Cuban sandwiches, they have a “Havana” here too.
There isn’t an actual Butcher’s Hill Deli to my knowledge…Butcher’s Hill is a neighborhood in East Baltimore, and I presume that if here was a deli there sandwiches would be much like this. Or whatever.
Camden Yards Food, Tip #9) The Hot Corner. In case you’re not a big baseball fan, the “Hot Corner” is another name for third base, which is where this stand is located. Kind of a pun since this stand offers spicy stuff.
They add local flavor here too…there are boneless wings with Capital City Hot Mambo hot sauce, and crab pretzel bites (so they say; is it me or do they look like tots in the picture?) covered with house crab dip, cheddar and green onions. I was mighty mad at myself for eating before I got to this stand…save some room.
Finally, while there are several dessert options at Camden Yards, including Dippin’ Dots and Rita’s water ice, I chose a local spot to include here:
Camden Yards Food, Tip #10) South Mountain Creamery. The South Mountain Creamery is a family-owned farm in Middletown, MD. Their website states that their milk is processed by the same family that milks the cows. They say you can taste the difference, but I expect you’d have to be a true milk aficionado. Their ice cream is available at Nationals Park too, so maybe there’s something to that. Those folks must wake up stupid early.
Anyway, their menu at Camden Yards is fairly limited, but they do have a “Rutsch Sundae”, named for the Orioles star catcher: it’s orange dreamsicle ice cream with vanilla pound cake, dark chocolate sauce, chocolate sprinkles, whip cream and a baseball cake pop. Whew! That’s a lotta lotta sugar but hey, at ballpark prices you’ve earned it.
So there you go; ten fan favorites for food at the home of the Baltimore Orioles that should make you happy to have gone to a baseball game.
I left out a few things of course, like the impressive funnel cakes, the 1729 pizza, the Buffalo Bird Dog, and the Charm City chicken tenders. There’s nothing wrong with any of them, but I didn’t think they were essential Baltimore enough to include here (although the O-shaped soft pretzel might be an exception). Baseline Burgers are okay, but there are better burgers at a more reasonable price across the street at Pickles Pub.
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