Wrigley Field Food
Tip#1: Chicago Dogs
Most ballparks today have some sort of local flavor: cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, chili in Cincinnati, or crab cakes in Baltimore. Many times a local favorite joint will set up shop in a ballpark, like Ben’s Chili in Washington, Primanti Bros. in Pittsburgh, or Tony Luke's cheesesteaks in Philly.
But Chicago keeps it simple…you’re at a baseball game, and you’re in the Windy City, so you get a hot dog. And if you want it Chicago-style, you’re in the right place.
Anywhere in Wrigley you can go to the condiments stand and dress your dog up in mustard and green relish. But there are now Chicago Dog kiosks that save you the trouble of going anywhere for the Chicago Dog experience.
As many of you know, a Chicago dog is a Vienna dog on a poppy seed bun dragged through the garden—covered with in order, yellow mustard, chopped onions, neon green relish, pickle spear, tomato chunks, sport peppers and celery salt.
The Chicago Dog kiosks at Wrigley, like the Comiskey Dogs stand at its South Side neighbor’s ballpark, get this authentically right. You get your regular or bison dog with grilled onions if you like, and then take it to the condiment zone for your neon green relish and sport peppers.
And Mom thought hot dogs weren’t healthy.
Chicago Dogs stands can be found most anywhere in the concourse area and on the bleacher patio. They give you a good-sized dog, and the bison dog is a bit healthier and tastes not terribly different. They will keep your change if you don’t ask for it though, as if they expect a tip…just ask nicely and they’ll give it back to you. I don’t like to tip anyone who expects it, but that’s your call.
There are other places to get unusual dogs (like a Frito Pie dog—really, not making that up), but you have to go for the authentic Chicago version first. Well covered by Chicago Dogs.
Tip#2: The North Side Twist
I get that ballpark food is expensive, but even I balked somewhat at the price of the North Side Twist. I believe it was $15.
But after seeing one of these big monsters, I sort of understood. The North Side Twist is a HUGE soft pretzel…large enough to go into a 12” pizza box. If you’re thinking you could handle this thing on your own, know that it’s two pounds, not including the dipping sauces.
Ah…the dipping sauces. The cornerstone of a good soft pretzel. The sauce included with the North Side Twist are chipotle honey mustard, beer cheddar cheese, and cinnamon cream. Hearing those words alone is generally worth the price. All of these sauces work very well with the pretzel.
So no, they’re not cheap, but a North Side Twist is easily enough for two people, and you can use two thirds of it with the other sauces before going for the cinnamon cream for dessert.
The North Side Twist can be had at one of the “Blue W” stands on the lower level concourse. Sorry for not remembering which one…but it shouldn’t be too tough to find. They’ll have it on display in its full glory. I believe you can get it in the Bleachers area as well.
Carb heaven. Or Atkins' nightmare. It's all about your perspective.
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