The Cubs may be modernizing the Friendly Confines, but they’re still keeping it relatively simple as far as ballgame grub. It begins and ends with sausages and hot dogs, but the nice thing is that you have several variations on them to choose from.
And if you’re sick of hot dogs but still want something Chicago, they have a deep dish pizza from one of the very best in town.
So here’s some choices on my essential list:
1) The Wrigley Field Smokie. Wrigley Field Smokies were a popular food item many years ago, but they disappeared when Vienna Beef was no longer the hot dog provider at Wrigley. (And you thought putting in lights was an outrage.)
But now they have returned to the great delight of Cubs fans, including Carl Spackler himself (Bill Murray), who told the “Vine Line” blog that they were a favorite of his as a young Cubs fan.
The Wrigley Field Smokie is a Vienna Beef (yes, they’re back) all-beef, hickory-smoked sausage with a “secret blend of seasonings”, as Vienna Beef says on their website. Finally, a smoked sausage at the ballpark again.
The best part? You can get them in a local supermarket too. Great for your next Cubs-themed barbecue.
2) The Featured Decade Dog. In 2014 when the Cubs were celebrating the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, they introduced a “Decade Dogs” stand, which features footlong dogs for each decade of Wrigley’s existence.
They aren’t all available at once, but the full list includes the “1910s Reuben Dog” (with corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese), the “1950s TV Dinner Dog” (with mashed potatoes, gravy and corn), or the “1970s Pulled Pork Dog” (with pulled pork, BBQ sauce and Cole slaw).
In my last visit to Wrigley it was the Pulled Pork dog, but there were also Buffalo wing dogs, chili cheese dogs, and Chicago dogs.
Sorry to confuse you. But check out Decade Dogs. You’ll be impressed. It's a cool idea.
3) Giordano’s Pizza. In 2014 Giordano’s replaced D’Agostino’s as the pizza provider at Wrigley Field, and with all due respect to D’Agostino’s, this is a move we can all applaud.
Deep dish pizza is essential Chicago, and Giordano’s is essential deep dish pizza. The chain of over 40 restaurants has been called the “best Chicago pizza” by, well, a lot of people. And rightly so. If you're visiting Chicago, Giordano's is as good a choice as any.
At most of the food stands at Wrigley you can order a 6-inch stuffed pizza, and it’s filling and reasonable for ballpark prices. I would get a fork for it. They have a thin crust variation at some stands, if you’re keeping some space for that footlong Decade Dog.
Deep dish pizza has been long overdue at the ballpark, especially in the Windy City. I may be critical of some of the Cubs recent changes, but this is one they got right.
There are three items worth trying at Wrigley Field…but there’s lots more to choose from...like the High Plains Bison dog, the Big W Burger, pretzel bites, Big Slugger nachos, and malt cups among many other things. So if you’re visiting Wrigley, be sure to get the lowdown with one of these!
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