Things are beginning to return to normal in the sports world, and that means we are slowly getting closer to enjoying the traditional game-day experiences that we know and love, which also means one thing...food! There is nothing quite like chilling at a nice spring/summer baseball game with a great meal and a nice cold beverage to match. From burgers to waffle cones, we are giving you a list of the best food items that you can get at every MLB stadium this season. Warning: make sure you grab something to eat afterward because this list is going to make you hungry.
The Best Food Item You Can Get At Every Major League Baseball Stadium
Some good eats to check out this season
1. Bullpen Burger, Kauffman Stadium
Team: Kansas City Royals
A delicious Angus burger with a ‘secret sauce,’ lettuce, tomato, and onion, on a toasted buttered bun. Kansas City is one of the best places in the world at doing burgers, and the Bullpen remains a newer fan favorite. You can choose to get a single, double, or triple, and the meal comes with french fries. While the Bullpen was introduced to the menu in 2019, it is still technically a year old due to fans only being allowed in a limited capacity last season, so there are many Royal die-hards who haven’t gotten a chance to try it out yet. Hopefully, that will change this season!
2. Cardiff Crack Nachos, Petco Park
Team: San Diego Padres
It is hard to beat the fan experience at Petco Park in San Diego. Most likely, it will be 72 degrees and sunny. The roster is loaded with exciting talent. The stadium is beautiful and clean. But perhaps the best part of the experience is the food.
The stadium did something rather unique with its food selection—they took a premier restaurant from each of the different suburbs in San Diego and actually placed it inside the stadium.
There are a lot of options to choose from at Petco Park. The Brigantine has some killer fish tacos and calamari, and Hodad's has one of the better burgers in the city. But if you ask any local... and true local... there is one option that stands just above the rest—
The Cardiff Crack Nachos from Seaside Market. They are to die for. The nachos are delicious, marinated, tri-tip meat on top of chips, BBQ sauce, sour cream, green onion, and cheese.
You can't go wrong.
3. Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, Guaranteed Rate Field
Team: Chicago White Sox
This sandwich is the perfect balance of being ‘hot’ while not too spicy. Flavorful and crispy, the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich is stacked with breaded chicken dipped in Nashville-Style hot sauce. The bread is toasted, and the sandwich has cheese, pickles, and diced tomatoes for that extra touch. The sandwich is a little on the smaller side, so it may be better as a snack or appetizer as opposed to a meal.
4. CREAM Ice Cream Sandwiches, Oracle Park
Team: San Francisco Giants
Under no circumstance would these sandwiches ever be considered healthy, but you don’t go to baseball games to eat healthily—you go to ‘ball out' because you only get one life to live. CREAM is a Berkeley-based sweets stand that has become known for its infamous cookie sandwiches. Featuring a warm cookie with ice cream in the middle, you can choose to load the ice cream with M&M’s, Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Puffs, or whatever other concoction you come up with. If you aren’t into cookies then a brownie option is also available.
5. Pizza, Progressive Field
Team: Cleveland Indians
Available in both cheese, pepperoni, and more options, the pizza at Progressive Field is a simpler choice compared to other menu items, but sometimes simpler is the way to go. The pizza has a thicker crust with a healthy amount of cheese, sauce, and toppings if you wish to put them on there. You can choose to purchase by the slice or get a whole pie for the entire family. Stadium food tends to veer towards the more expensive side, but you can get a slice for about $5, which isn’t too bad.
6. Red Velvet Whoopie Pie, Angel Stadium
Team: Los Angeles Angels
We might as well keep the unhealthy desserts coming, right? Unlike the other items on their menu, the Dodgers don’t have a detailed description of their version of Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, so we had to look up how the pies are actually made. It’s not actually a pie, but more of a red velvet cake sandwich with cream cheese frosting splashed in the middle. The Whoopi just happens to match the Angels' team colors and is a nice treat for the seventh-inning stretch.
7. Cauliflower Cheese Steak, Citizens Bank Park
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
We could have gone with the Donut Burger, but we’ll select a healthier option because we know some people still want to eat well at games. The Cauliflower Cheese Steak is actually one of the most requested items at Citizens Bank Park and includes roasted cauliflower, poblano peppers, Vegan cheese sauce, and sautéed onions on a vegan roll.
8. S'mores Frybox, Great American Ballpark
Team: Cincinnati Reds
Fries and smores are a unique combination, but one potentially worth trying out. The S'mores Frybox has crispy fries topped with Cinnamon Graham Crackers, M&M’s, marshmallows, and chocolate syrup. Honestly, fries are pretty good when you dip them in sweeter sauces like barbecue and honey mustard, so maybe a fry/smore combo could work. That probably wasn’t a comparison, but nonetheless is still a top-ranked item at Great American Ballpark.
9. Cuban Sandwich, Tropicana Field
Team: Tampa Bay Rays
The Cuban Sandwich is universally recognized as being one of the top items on the Tropicana Field menu. The sandwich has an array of meats, including salami, ham, and pork, and is smothered with swiss cheese. The Cuban Sandwich is also doused in mustard and pickles, adding to their flavor and served on toasted Cuban bread. The reviews on this sandwich have been great, with customers raving about the sandwich's authentic taste. This is definitely worth the purchase if you are checking out a Rays game.
10. Tender, Love and Chicken, Ringfield Coliseum
Team: Oakland Athletics
The Ringfield Coliseum isn’t exactly known for extravagant food and restaurant options, so your best bet is to probably go with chicken tenders and fries. Tender, Love, and Chicken features crispy chicken tenders served with a decent selection of dipping sauces and french fries. While we haven’t gotten a chance to try out the chicken strips, we hear they are very tasty. You could also go the beverage route and snag a frozen boozy popsicle. The popsicles have alcohol in them, though, so be aware of that before you buy five of them.
11. Rice Bowl, Busch Stadium
Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Served with Cumin rice, and black beans with a choice of nacho or queso cheese, the rice bowl is a solid choice if you are looking for a meal that isn’t too heavy. You can stick with the rice and cheese or choose to add beef, tinja chicken, or pork for an additional $5.50.
12. 3o5, Marlin’s Park
Team: Miami Marlins
If you ever plan on catching a Marlins' game, then you may want to consider checking out 3o5. The Marlins are more known for their restaurants as opposed to specific food items, and 3o5 has all of the standard ballpark favorites for either $3 or $5. Hotdogs, popcorn, and pretzels are among the $3 items, and the mojo pork tacos are priced at $5. Soda and water can also be purchased for $3, and beer for $5. Sodas and bottled water have been known to range from $7 to $11 dollars depending on the size at other stadiums, and normally beer goes for about $8 to $10 (or more), so these are great prices.
13. Buffalo Chicken Totchos, Minute Maid Park
Team: Houston Astros
Minute Maid Park announced quite a few fresh additions to their menu that were set to make their debut in the 2020 season, and unfortunately, the pandemic got in the way of fans being able to truly enjoy the new items. One of the most hyped items on that list was the Buffalo Chicken Totchos—tater tots topped with Buffalo chicken, blue cheese crumbles, ranch dressing, and sliced green onions. The totchos look amazing, and Astros fans should be able to fully savor them this year.
14. Apple Pie Nachos, Coors Field
Team: Colorado Rockies
Apple Pie Nachos are another unique blend of two items that probably shouldn’t go together but somehow end up working. The tortilla chips have cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top, complete with apple pie filling and...cheddar cheese. It may sound gross, but the Apple Pie Nachos have been a heavy hitter at Coors Field, so clearly, people like them a lot.
15. Chicken Wings, Comerica Park
Team: Detroit Tigers
We hear the wings are excellent at Comerica Park, so we’ll include them on this list. Wings are also a go-to game day food choice because you can use them as either a meal or an appetizer. The chicken wings are smoked and marinated in spicy beer sauce and come with barbecue or ranch as a dipping sauce. They don’t appear to be super messy either, so you won’t have to worry about potential spills.
16. Fried BBQ Corn, Miller Park
Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Let’s take a walk on the wild side and try out the Fried BBQ Corn. Normally fried corn wouldn’t be considered ‘stadium food,’ but apparently, the barbecue takes this dish to the next level. The corn comes tossed in barbecue dry rub and horseradish sauce. This is still a relatively newer menu option, so there aren’t a lot of reviews yet, but many in Milwaukee think the Fried BBQ corn could end up being the next big thing.
17. Creme Brulee French Toast, Fenway Park
Team: Boston Red Sox
Some baseball games take place early enough in the day where meals could still be considered a late breakfast or brunch. If you are attending an early game (or just simply are in a breakfast mood), then the Creme Brulee French Toast may be for you. The french toast has chocolate ganache splattered on top, and you can add even more sweetness to it with either the Vermont maple syrup or the Fenway Strawberry sauce.
18. Yankees Pinstripe Shake, Yankee Stadium
Team: New York Yankees
There are tons of milkshake options at Yankee Stadium that are available, but we figured we would include the Pinstripe Shake since it represents the Yankees’ pinstripe uniforms. The pinstripe is a vanilla shake with cotton candy, crackerjack, caramel drizzle, and churro. All shakes are served in a souvenir cup, and other shakes include a Tres Leches flavor, and a celebration and chocolate flavor.
19. Pittsburgh Cone, PNC Park
Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Believe it or not, the Pittsburgh Cone is actually a chicken and waffle mix as well. Dripped out in swiss cheese, sauerkraut, kielbasa, and pierogi, the waffle cone is also sprinkled with Russian dressing for some extra finesse. This has the potential to be very messy, so make sure you have a ton of napkins nearby.
20. Chicken and Waffle Boat, SunTrust Park
Team: Atlanta Braves
Chicken and Waffles is an ATL tried and true, and SunTrust Park offers a special chicken and waffle boat dish. The perfect mix of sweet and tangy, the boat features crispy boneless fried chicken tossed in mango habanero sauce. The waffle also has powdered sugar on top, along with chopped pecans and honey. The Chicken and Waffle boat is served with curly fries as a side giving you a good breakfast and lunch combination.
21. Chicken and Donuts, Chase Field
Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Okay so we covered chicken and waffles, now how about chicken and donuts? Served with crispy Tyson popcorn chicken alongside powdered sugar and maple syrup, the snack is one of Chase Field's newer items, making its debut in 2019 at Gonzo’s Grill.
22. Chicken Parmesan, Nationals Park
Team: Washington Nationals
The Chicken Parm Sandwich is another heavy hitter considered to be a fan-favorite at Nationals Park. The sandwich isn’t too much different from your standard Italian gourmet sub, and has a chicken thigh dipped in Ragu. The chicken is also drizzled in mozzarella cheese and Thai basil and is served on white bread.
23. Top Notch O’s, Camden Yards
Team: Baltimore Orioles
If you plan on visiting Camden Yards this year, then you should definitely try out the Top Notch Oss. Served by Birdland Nachos, the plate features Doritos-style chips with white cheese sauce, black olives, sour cream, and salsa and scallions to top it off. The nachos are also served in a souvenir helmet, meaning that customers get to go home with a prized keepsake.
24. PB&J Bacon Sandwich, Target Field
Team: Minnesota Twins
A peanut butter and jelly sandwich with bacon may not be the first thing that comes to mind when searching for game day sandwiches, but maybe we have been missing out on something very powerful. The PB&J Bacon isn’t too complicated (it's literally just toasted peanut butter and jelly with fried bacon added to it) but has earned high praise from Minnesota fans. Throw in some fries and soda, and you’ll be good to go!
25. Dodger Sausage, Dodger Stadium
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
How about giving the Dodger Sausage a chance? An al pastor sausage stuffed with pineapple chunks, pineapple salsa, and cilantro-lime crema, the sausage special is a ‘Dodger Exclusive,’ that can only be found at Dodger Stadium. The sausage was unveiled in spring 2019, as a part of new food items hitting the stadium that season.
26. Vegan Mac & Cheese, Globe Life Park
Team: Texas Rangers
The Vegan Mac & Cheese was introduced last year as part of Global Life Park’s initiative to add more vegan items to their restaurants, and now Rangers will be to enjoy the new meal options in its entirety. One of those items was the Vegan Mac & Cheese, a meat-and-dairy-free dish complete with a cashew base. The mac & cheese cup is a little on the smaller side, so you may have to order two cups if you are looking to make it into a meal.
27. Wowfulls Waffle Cone, Citii Field
Team: New York Mets
Nothing screams New York baseball more than waffle cones, and Wowfulls is one of the best places in NYC to get one from. A huge crispy waffle cone complete with just about any ice cream flavor and topping you can think of, including red velvet, coconut, and more, the options are endless. Sidenote: the cones are HUGE and sure to fill you up, so you may want to hold off on buying a bunch of food at the stadium if you plan on getting one.
28. Home Run Footlong Hotdog, Rogers Centre
Team: Toronto Blue Jays
You had to know a footlong hotdog was coming, and Rogers Centre has one of the best. The footlong honestly isn’t much different from the ones offered at other stadiums, but the Rogers Centre version comes with maple-flavored baked beans, cheddar, and bacon bits. You could try to attack the footlong by yourself, but for the sake of avoiding a stomach ache, we recommend either sharing with someone or saving the other half for when you get home.
29. Kuku Fries, T-Mobile Park
Team: Seattle Mariners
Sorry but we absolutely were not putting the toasted grasshoppers on this list. Instead, we’ll go with the Kuku Fries—specialty fries topped with togarashi Japanese seasoning, red tobiko (flying fish roe), chili sauce, horseradish, crema, and chive. That sounds like a much better choice than the grasshoppers, but T-Mobile Park is apparently averaging around a million grasshopper sales a year, so maybe we are the ones that have got it all wrong.
30. Aloha Chicken Sandwich, Wrigley Field
Team: Chicago Cubs
A grilled chicken sandwich breast served on Hawaiian bread with sweet chilli glaze, with sauteed pineapple and Asian Slaw, the Aloha Chicken Sandwich has the potential to be one considered one of the best meals at Wrigley Field. The sandwich is already drawing a lot of attention, quickly becoming one of Wrigley’s most talked about items. If you ever decide to check out a Cubs game, this is a must-try.