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.
Camden Yards now has a wide variety of food choices, and some great new features and restaurants were added. We’ll start with the sit down eateries.
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.
Stuggy’s, also on Eutaw, is another new addition to Camden Yards. Stuggy’s is a popular Fells Point area eatery, known for its crab mac-n-cheese dog, and they sell a Chicago style hot dog and a Detroit style Coney dog as well.
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.
And the pit beef or turkey with beans and slaw is good enough that lines start forming shortly after the gates open; for a high-attendance game, you’ll see smoke wafting from the Boog’s tent throughout the game.
If you’ve already met Boog and don’t feel like waiting in line you can go to the Jack Daniel’s grill a few steps south on Eutaw. If you’re familiar with TGI Friday’s Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce, it’s similar to that.
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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.
All of this stuff named for Baltimore athletic greats is all fine and good, you may say, but what about a taste of local Baltimore flavor? I’m glad you asked. In the lower concourse area are a couple of Polock Johnny’s stands; Polock Johnny’s is known for Polish sausages with the “works” sauce that have been around Baltimore longer than the Orioles have. More about Polock Johnny's here.
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.
Finally, for your sweet tooth, you can either get a cone or “Ittibitz” at the Carvel kiosks, and cotton candy and funnel cakes are readily available at several kiosks. The soft pretzel stand has a very tasty cinnamon sugar pretzel.
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.
So like in most ballparks, you have plenty to choose from with the food at Camden Yards. And best of all, much of it tastes like Baltimore.
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