Who doesn’t enjoy a good barbeque smothered dog while watching fireworks or attending a professional game and getting a hot dog with everything on it? Not only did millions of U.S. citizens attend parades, ball games, and firework shows over the recent Fourth of July holiday, they ate roughly 155 million hot dogs.
No matter how you like your “dogs” (mustard, ketchup, relish, onions and barbeque sauce for me), you can’t go through the month of July without eating at least one. I recommend eating one from a ballpark because, let’s face it, a dog tastes better at the ballpark. If you aren’t a hot dog fan, don’t worry – there are plenty of those fantastic American foods to eat at your next MLB game. In fact, in honor of National hot Dog Month and baseball season, let’s take a look at the best food at baseball stadiums across the nation.
This classic stadium food has been as standard since it was first introduced to baseball in 1976 during a Texas Rangers game. And while nachos in all of their cheesy goodness can be found at almost any sporting event across today’s America, there are two baseball stadiums—including one across the border—that have nachos worth waiting for.
Rogers Centre in Toronto is home to the Blue Jays as well as to what are considered some of the best nachos in the business. The Barbecue Chicken Nachos feature the works, meaning they can be drenched in practically every topping you desire and they’ll still be amazing.
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the home to the Oakland A’s, also showcases some nachos to make your taste buds pop. With their Kalua Pork Nachos, you’ll taste ecstasy in nacho form with jalapeños, guacamole and shredded pork draping the over the cheesy tortilla chips. They are also served in a mini A’s batting helmet, making them a delicious and commemorative treat.
The Philly Cheese Steak is one of America’s great food inventions and it is no surprise that the best place to go for this sandwich is Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. While this park is home to Tony Luke’s Cheese Steaks—which are to die for themselves—the best cheese steaks in Major League Baseball are only found in section 140 of the park. The Schmitter features salami and grilled steak with mounds of melted cheese, tomatoes, fried onions and a “special sauce.” Your baseball food experience is not complete until you’ve tried this tried and true American favorite at a Phillies game.
The battered and fried goodness that surrounds these strips of potatoes are perfect to eat while taking in 9 innings. San Diego and San Francisco each are contenders for the best fries in the league.
The San Francisco Giants serve their famout Gorgon Biersch garlic French fries with garlic, parsley and salt, making them a gourmet item amongst the other delicious food items found throughout AT&T Park. San Diego’s Petco Park is home to Carne Asada Fries, which feature all the toppings of classic nachos—meat, cheese, guacamole and more—slathered onto a batch of incredible tasting fries.
HOT DOGS (of course)
Every park in the league has a hot dog worth mentioning, but the best dogs are those with unique toppings, incredible bread buns and sometimes even made of sausage.
Orioles fans praise the Stuggy’s Crab Mac n’ Cheese Dog found inside Camden Yards, served as a split beef dog that and topped with crab meat, as well as yummy macaroni and cheese. The Rangers serve two dogs worth mentioning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington– the Boomstick (two feet of chili cheese dog) and the Sausage Sundae (a sausage lying atop mac ‘n’ cheese and mashed potatoes with brisket, pepper and parsley on top).
Other notable mentions include the Cardinal’s Bratzel Dog (brat and a pretzel bun) at Busch Stadium; the chili dog made from half-spicy beef and half-pork at Nationals Stadium in Washington, DC; the Coney Dog found at the home of the Tigers, Comerica Park in Detroit; and the Halo Dog (a beef hot dog wrapped in bacon with beans, Monterey jack cheese and peppers placed on top), served at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
THE BEST FOOD IN BASEBALL
As we continue to enjoy baseball during National Hot Dog Month, I recommend trying out several different dogs at the ball parks across our nation. And if you aren’t a hot dog lover, be sure to check out the cheese steaks in Philly, the fries in San Diego, or Oakland’s nachos. Happy Hot Dog Month and enjoy the best food in baseball, the “dog.”
About the Author
Heather Henderson is a contributor to Pittsburgh Sports Report and Associate Director of Internet Marketing at RIP-IT Sporting Goods. She enjoys eating good food, taking in an MLB game whenever she can, and cheering on her favorite team, the Atlanta Braves.