What to Eat at Camden Yards
A few years ago Delaware North Sportservice took over the concessions and food at Camden Yards, and as usual they’ve done a super job of highlighting local fare, so that Baltimore residents and visitors alike can enjoy a taste of the city while enjoying a game in a beautiful ballpark.
Dempsey’s, named for the popular O's catcher and 1983 World Series MVP Rick Dempsey, is a restaurant built into the B&O Warehouse in right field. The restaurant features brick walls, O’s memorabilia, and beer taps with Dempsey’s head on top of them.
The menu is pub-style and includes appetizers like crab cakes and rock fish tacos, and the main menu is mostly burgers and other sandwiches, like the Dempsey Club. Prices aren’t too terribly bad for a ballpark restaurant. Dempsey’s is open on non-game days.
Eutaw Street is also filled with stands and is where many (but not all) of the unique items at Camden Yards can be found.
First, of course, is Boog’s BBQ, which is still the go-to food for many when celebrating an Orioles game. If you’re willing to buy a sandwich or platter from Boog, you can get in line to meet him, shake hands and get your photo taken with the Orioles’ star ex-first baseman.
New as of 2012 is a long lost staple of the Baltimore area: Gino’s burgers. Gino’s is named after former Baltimore Colts star Gino Marchetti, and the chain is experiencing a revival in Maryland that is highlighted with its presence at Camden Yards. Gino’s, found near the north entrance on Eutaw (Gate H) is very popular and lines form early.
You can also stop at one of the Old Bay seafood stands and get that authentic Maryland crab cake, and it’s a nice-sized piece of seafood (with a fairly hefty price tag). Boardwalk Fries, the Ocean City institution that still leaves the skin on the fries, also has a presence at Oriole Park.
Around the rest of the ballpark are fancy stands that serve variations on classic ballpark staples. The O! What A Dog stands have Esskay hot dogs in their basic baseball-friendly form.
Das Sausage Haus sells Roma sausages, with Natty Boh beer as a key ingredient to cooking the sausages. The pizza purveyor is now Seasons; they aren’t exactly local but they did get their start in the Delaware region.
And instead of the Philly cheesesteak that is becoming popular at every ballpark, the Baltimore Chop House (named for the “Baltimore Chop”, a ground ball into the mud that John McGraw’s Orioles were famous for) serves marinated skirt steak on a bun, with extras like Gouda cheese.
Wash it all down with that Baltimore suds favorite, National Bohemian, commonly known as Natty Boh. If you want, you can order one at the two pubs in the concourse area—the Natty Boh Bar or the Free State Pub. Nice alternative to Budweiser, the official beer at the ballpark.
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