What Should I Eat At The Ballpark? Part 2

Posted by Kurt Smith on Saturday, June 8, 2013
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 having to decide what to eat. 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) A Long Line Is Probably Worth It. At Citizens Bank Park in Philly you’ll be waiting in line for Tony Luke’s or Campo’s cheesesteaks and you’ll probably wait a little bit for Chickie’s and Pete’s crab fries. 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. I have never regretted waiting for any of those items. Heck, anytime you see a line, jump on it, unless it’s a generic concession stand, in which case, don’t even bother.

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.

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