Bertman’s Ballpark Mustard...
Accept No Substitutes.
Even if you’re getting a loaded dog, you can’t pass up on the Bertman’s.
Somehow many people, myself included, have confused the “Stadium Mustard” made by Davis Foods with the authentic, served-since-the-League-Park-days Bertman’s Ballpark Mustard that goes on most hot dogs served at Progressive Field.
Joe Bertman’s spicy brown mustard has been part of Cleveland since the 1920s, while the “Stadium” version was made by another company smart enough to give it a deceptive name and make it available in retail stores first.
The two are similar in taste. Both are spicy Dijon deli-style mustards, better in quality than the French’s yellow usually found at the ballgame. Bertman’s takes pride in not watering down their mustard and using the finest vinegar; Stadium Mustard is pretty thick too. The only difference (according to a West Side Market vendor) is that the Stadium Mustard has cayenne in it.
To this day Stadium Mustard is easier to find in supermarkets and elsewhere, including in sports arenas outside of Progressive Field; I was unable to locate a bottle of Bertman’s in my travels. But despite their similar tastes, Bertman’s is the real thing if you’re looking for authenticity.
It’s not that Stadium Mustard is bad by any means, just be sure you know what you’re getting.
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