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 West
Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Rocky Mountain Oysters—Unlike the Seattle Mariners’ Oyster Po’Boy, the Colorado Rockies’ Rocky Mountain Oysters are not actually oysters. If you didn’t already know, the Rocky Mountain Oysters are really fried bull testicles that you dip in cocktail sauce. I’ve never had them and most likely never will. One person suggested they taste like fried gizzard or fried liver, two other items I’ve never eaten and most likely never will. Based on reviews, they are fried and breaded on the outside and a bit chewy on the inside. They are also known as “cowboy caviar”, “Montana tendergroins”, “dusted nuts”, “bull fries”, and “swinging beef”.
The Dodger Dog—The Dodgers is another team, like the Red Sox (Fenway Frank) and Pirates (Hebrew National), who have a long association with a specific hot dog, a signature dog, if you will. Legend has it that Dodger Dogs earned their name in 1958 when the Dodgers moved across the country from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. At Dodger Stadium, you can get your Dodger Dog two different ways: steamed or grilled, with the grilled dog being the “classic” version. Reviews on the Dodger Dog are mixed. Some people think they are terrific, others think they are just another hot dog, nothing special.
Baja Bistro Fish Tacos—The Mexican cuisine options are plentiful at Petco Park, from quesadillas to nachos to the Baja Bistro Fish Tacos. The Padres may have been the first team to serve fish tacos, but others have since joined in, so they aren’t unique like they once were. The park also has a variety of seafood options, including shrimp burritos, fried shrimp & chips, chowders, calamari, and shrimp avocado salad. If you’re looking for some good pulled pork, beef brisket, or a half-pound hot dog, stop by Randy Jones BBQ.
Dungeness Crab Sandwich—Like the Padres, the Giants also have a number of seafood options, including the Dungeness Crab Sandwich. It’s not cheap ($16), but it is delicious Dungeness crabmeat and warm tomatoes on top of buttery toasted sourdough. Also on the menu are crab salad and crab cocktail. The ballpark also features a farmers’ market cart with gruyere grilled cheese, fresh seasonal produce, and strawberry shortcake.