The Yankees caught me off guard in 2016. It’s not that they didn’t have any unusual food items at Yankee Stadium in the past, but they hadn’t yet offered some of those extreme Man vs. Food types of challenges like the Bacon Challenge in Cincinnati or the Wayback Triple Triple in Philly.
But this year, Yankee Stadium has become the destination for eaters who love a challenge. Or at least like to share, as the Yankees like to advertise it. This being New York, the Yankees are required to show the staggering calorie counts, which makes their latest food additions that much more impressive.
Anyway, here’s just three of the monster food challenges now available in the Bronx:
1) The Tape Measure Cheesesteak. Carl’s has been in Yankee Stadium since it opened, serving their Philly-style cheesesteaks with onions, peppers and the ubiquitous Cheez Whiz if you’re looking for Philly authenticity. I’ve had one before and was perfectly happy with it, even being a Philly native.
But the Tape Measure is a two-foot monster that clocks in at 1,795 calories; it’s “perfect for sharing” as the Yankees and Carl’s say. It may be, but one wonders why people wouldn’t just buy two of them. It’s not like you’re saving much money here.
Personally I might be willing to take this on myself, but I don’t know if I could handle that much Cheez Whiz in one sitting. Think I might go for the American cheese with that.
2) The Double Play Burger. I can’t think of a time when I have eaten two grilled cheese sandwiches, a double burger and some onion rings in one sitting, but then I’ve never had them all piled onto one sandwich before.
The Double Play is found at the newly Big Food Modernized Triple Play Grill stands. This 1,450 calorie monster is two patties topped with cheese and onion rings, and sandwiched neatly…well as neatly as could be given the challenge...between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
You might want to balance this one with some roughage.
3) The G.O.A.T. Burger. The “Greatest Of All Time” burger brings in pork products New York-style along with the burger. It’s patty of custom-blended beef (like any burger should be), and topped with bacon (SOLD!), pastrami (SOLD AGAIN!), American cheese and something called G.O.A.T. sauce. I haven’t tried it, and I don’t yet know what the G.O.A.T. sauce is, but it’s yellow so I’m guessing it’s some sort of mustard or mayo.
The G.O.A.T. is actually almost a diet option at least as new Yankees sandwiches go: it’s “only” 1,050 calories. I wonder if you can get it without the sauce. This one is also at the Triple Play Grill…I’m refraining from heart-related jokes.
That’s three totally insane additions to the Yankee Stadium menu as of 2016. Personally, I’m not sure if these sandwiches will last more than a year or two...I can’t imagine any of them being consistently big sellers. But that’s just me...and I hope I’m wrong.
And of course, if you want to know more about the food at Yankee Stadium...like the Barnyard Wedding sandwich, the Big Cheese or the Parm meatball sandwich, be sure to get yourself one of these!
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