What to Eat at U.S. Cellular Field
There are a lot of great choices for food at U.S. Cellular Field, but the place doesn’t get as overly fancy as some ballparks do. As of this writing there still isn’t sushi or lobster rolls or other things that make you wonder why they’re sold in a ballpark when no one can even afford the hot dogs. This is the South Side of Chicago. There probably isn’t a market for Gouda soup.
Still, they do have some great choices and a good variety of things to munch on while watching a White Sox game. And there are a couple of restaurants at the ballpark too, so we’ll start there.
The Stadium Club is the upscale, white tablecloth restaurant; it’s located in the right field corner on the club level. It’s a multi-level restaurant with fine views of the ballpark; on the lower level is the sit down restaurant with the high end fancy food entrees, while the upper level is a tavern-style area with a buffet.
You need an expensive pass just to get in and there’s a private entrance, so this is the kind of place where people do things like “hobnob”. The menu for the Stadium Club is available at the Levy Restaurants website.
Bacardi at The Park is the restaurant and bar that is slightly detached from the ballpark, across 35th Street from the third base side. There isn’t a view from the Bacardi, and it’s more of a pre- or post-game dining option in an area where there aren’t many of them.
There is also an outdoor beer garden area that doesn’t require a ticket and is popular on game days. The menu is tavern-style grub, Angus burgers, baby back ribs and hand cut fries. We all know adjectives make food taste better.The Bullpen Sports Bar is the party area on the field level in right field; it is open to all ticket holders so if you have a rotten seat this could be an alternative. It’s a full bar inside and there is indoor and outdoor seating.
You need to be 21 or older to get in, however, so you can’t bring the kids for a better seat. For food, you can get typical bar/ballpark items—dogs, nachos, sandwiches, pizza, etc. And they’ll bring it to where you’re sitting, which is always cool at a ballpark.
Around the rest of the ballpark, U.S. Cellular has a bunch of similar food stands. Many of them are “All-Star” stands, which are named for Sox greats like Dick Allen and Chico Carrasquel. Most of the All-Star stands keep it simple; Vienna Beef dogs or Bobak’s sausages with peppers and onions.
Some of the variations on the basic stands offer different types of items. The Straightaway Café has burgers and corned beef; the Go Go Sox Grille has Italian beef.
If you’re looking for a fancy deli sandwich, there is a Triple Play Carvery at Section 110; this joint has people actually carving turkey and other deli meats for your sandwich, and they’re all served with a pickle and chips for the true sports viewing experience.
BBQ fans can get their fix at the Vienna Beef BBQ stands, one each in the upper and lower concourses, and if you’re hankering for a Philly cheesesteak, try the Sox steakhouse sandwich at the Vienna Beef kiosks on the lower level. Or get a pressed Cuban sandwich at the Cuban Comet carts.
Now if you want to stick with the hot dog but want it Chicago-style, try the Comiskey Dogs stand in the outfield. Comiskey dogs serve the classic Chicago dog, with mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, sport peppers, etc. More about Comiskey Dogs here.
If you’d prefer a burger, there is a Burger Barn kiosk on the upper level; Burger Barn has beef burgers but also turkey and sausage burgers. Very juicy; you’ll need some napkins for that one.
For pizza, DiGiorno’s is still the official pizza of the White Sox, so if you’re familiar with their excellent frozen pizza you know what you’re getting. The pizza stands are also named for Sox greats like Al Lopez.
There are two kinds of nachos—Tex Mex and Mission Tortilla. Tex Mex has the fancy nachos with plenty to add, even barbequed pork, while Mission keeps it plain with cheese and jalapenos.
And as far as avant-garde food, two other offerings are about as eccentric as U.S. Cellular Field gets. The Wow Bao carts have low fat Asian style dumplings with chicken or edamame; Wow Bao has a few restaurants in the Chicago area, so locals are probably familiar with it.
The Corn off the Cob (which, when you think about it, is just “corn”) stands sells corn elotes shucked off of the ear with crazy additives like mayo and cayenne pepper. The elotes are fairly popular at the Cell, and I can’t say I’ve ever seen them at another ballpark, so you might want to give them a try.
For sweet tooths there’s the Winning Ugly is Sweet stands and Sweet Spot for the kids. There’s ice cream, of course, but also brownies and churros, which are also popular at the Cell. You can also grab a funnel cake or funnel fries at a Funnel Cake Factory cart, which are found in a couple of places.
Wash it down with a Miller Lite, the official beer, or if you’d like something tastier than the usual domestic, there are carts selling Goose Island, Guinness, Leinenkugel’s, and the gluten-free Bard’s Tale. At the Frozen Zone Cantina, you can get a margarita or a daiquiri or other mixed frozen drink at a premium price.
So like most ballparks, there’s something for everyone at U.S. Cellular Field. None of it gets frequent bad reviews, so you should be fine with just about anything.
More About U.S. Cellular Field:
Comiskey Dogs and Outside Vendors
U.S. Cellular Field - Upper Level Restrictions
Curse of The Black Sox - Where's the Sympathy For White Sox Fans?
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