American League West
Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros)
The Halo Dog--The Halo Dog is the West Coast version of the classic ballpark hot dog. They spice it up by wrapping the dog in bacon, topping it with beans, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, pico de gallo, and relish. They say it’s a Mexican-style street dog and its origins go back at least 40 years to Mexican street vendors who surrounded their dogs with bacon and topped them with beans and other condiments. You can almost hear the mariachi band playing. Grab a Halo Dog and a cerveza and enjoy the ballgame!
Kalua Pork Nachos--The Athletics have been trying to get out of their crappy ballpark and into a new one for years but, since they have yet to make progress on that front, they do have some good food options in the aging relic of a stadium. They have wood-fired pizza, ribs, four different types of specialty sausages, and even peach cobbler. They also have Kalua pork nachos. I’m a big fan of nachos and baseball, so the combination of the two sounds terrific. The Kalua pork nachos feature shredded pork with chip, guacamole, and jalapenos. The best part? It’s served in a miniature A’s batting helmet, reminiscent of the days of my youth when I could get an ice cream sundae from Dairy Queen in a miniature batting helmet.
Oyster Po’Boy—There are plenty of seafood options at Safeco Field, including an oyster po’boy that features fried oysters, butter lettuce, sliced tomato, and spicy remoulade on a Pioneer bun. There’s also the Ivar Dog—fried cod on a hot dog bun. Another distinctive option at Safeco Field comes with the risk of offending the senses and sensibilities of everyone in your section of the ballpark—the garlic fries. You can smell them from a mile away and the taste will last all night long so, if you’re on a date, you better both share in the enjoyment of this item.
Bacon on a Stick--Texas has many meaty options on the menu, but you might as well start things off with some bacon on a stick. This is a three-quarter-inch-thick piece of Hungarian-smoked bacon dipped in maple syrup. You can add a frozen beer (chilled at 20.5°) for $7.75. Bacon, maple syrup, and beer? Who WOULDN’T want to try that?