Traditionally, hot dogs, peanuts, and Cracker Jack have been the standard fare in major league ballparks. These days, the traditional just isn’t enough. Teams are selling bigger, better, and bolder foods in their ballparks, always looking for a little buzz in the process. Starting with the American League East, I’ll go through sample foods in the different Major League ballparks around the country from the last few years. Some of these may not be available in 2015.
National League East
Turner Field (Atlanta Braves)
Shrimp Burger—The jarring green walls and monstrous “thing” in left-centerfield of Marlins Park can be a distraction, but if you like local seafood, the Shrimp Burger should make you happy when you go to a Miami Marlins game (judging by their attendance, that’s not often for most of you). The burger is a grilled patty formed from two kinds of chopped Gulf shrimp, seasoned with fresh herbs, and served on telera bread with lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, and a key lime aoli. Mens Journal had the Shrimp Burger on their list of Best Baseball Stadium Food.
Nathan’s Hot Dog—Nathan’s hot dogs are a longtime favorite of New York City baseball fans and you can get them in many different locations around Citi Field. According to hot-dog.org, New Yorkers eat more hot dogs than any other group in the country. The typical way a New York hot dog is served is with steamed onions and deli-style yellow mustard. It’s a no-nonsense dog when compared to the multi-condiment dog of Chicago.
The Schmitter—You would think the Phillies’ Schmitter would be an homage to former third baseman Mike Schmidt, but I couldn’t find any evidence that the sandwich had anything to do with Schmidt. Plus, it’s spelled differently. The Schmitter can only be found in one section of the ballpark, section 140, so you’ll have to make a trek around the stadium if you’re located on the other side of the park. The Schmitter, naturally, features cheesesteak, along with ribeye steak, salami, onions, tomatoes, sauce, and lots and lots of cheese. If you’d prefer something named after a former Phillie, head to Bull’s BBQ, run by Greg “The Bull” Luzinski, the former Phillie outfielder known for his big bat and limited range in the outfield. It’s all about the meat at Bull’s BBQ, with ribs, chicken, hot dogs, and a giant turkey leg on the menu.
The Strasburger—I don’t know if they still sell the Strasburger at Nationals Park. The burger came out in 2012 when Stephen Strasburg was coming back from an injured 2011 season. The thing is monstrous, weighing a whopping eight pounds. The meat is a combination of ground brisket, chuck, and short ribs and is served on a large burger bun with secret sauce, American cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onion, pickle chips, and served with a cone basket of fresh cut fries and a pitcher of your choice of soft drink. Remember, this thing weighs eight pounds! You won’t want to try eating it by yourself, so bring a friend or six.