Most Expensive (and Unique) Ballpark Foods in America
One thing that's true about most sports fans is that they'd rather go to a game than watch it on TV.
But just because being at the park is better for their viewing pleasure, it doesn't necessarily mean it's friendlier on their wallets, as most food and drinks are way too overpriced.
The following slides show some of the best and most unique stadium items in American sports—and they just so happen to be very expensive.
"The Baco": Comstock Park (West Michigan Whitecaps)
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We mentioned earlier about how every male fan's dream is bacon at the ballpark.
With that being the case, then we'd only imagine the thrill someone would have going to a West Michigan Whitecaps game—the Tigers Class-A affiliate.
If you couldn't already tell by the name, this thing is a celebrated bacon taco (via MLBlogs.com) using the bacon as the shell.
If you'd rather have your pork pulled and not crispy, try devouring the Whitecaps "Squeelin' Pig" barbecue sandwich—just make sure you have a pen, because you'll have to sign a waiver before trying the "spiciest sandwich served at any ballpark."
"Gilroy Garlic Fries": AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants)
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No joke, while sitting at a coffee shop typing this article up, a guy next to us realized the topic we were doing, turned to us and said, "I'm from San Francisco. If you don't put the Giants' garlic fries on there, your list won't be complete."
This led us to two conclusions.
1) We need to do a better job disguising our computer screen.
2) These things must be pretty damn good.
Hearing that they're covered in garlic and herbs makes my mouth water—and mind loathe about what my breath might smell like afterward.
"Capicola & Cheese Sandwich": Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers)
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When a sandwich gets featured on TV's "Man vs. Food," it must mean that the restaurant is doing something right.
That's the case with this sandwich cooked-up by Primanti Bros. during Steelers games, which contains capicola, provolone, french fries, slaw and tomatoes, just to remind you to eat your veggies.
It's a 'Burgh staple, so make sure you try it out when in the Steel City.
"The Brunch Burger": PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates)
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Though the Pirates haven't had a winning season in almost 20 consecutive years, that's not stopping the organization from giving the fans what they absolutely want when coming to the park—bacon and donuts!
Released this season, this burger has beef, bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg squeezed between two deliciously glazed donuts—with yellow, black and white sprinkles of course.
For giving every male fan exactly what he desires, we'd say the Bucs hit a grand slam with this one.
Rocky Mountain Oysters: Coors Field (Colorado Rockies)
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These oysters are definitely no bull—actually, they are!
The folks over at Coors Field have proven that just because a name has the word "oyster" in it, it doesn't have to be from the sea.
Rocky Mountain Oysters are deep-fried bull testicles, so you better bring your imaginative appetite!
"The BBQ Baker": Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros)
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While we all may think of Idaho when seeing a potato, the Astros want fans to forget the Gem state whenever they walk through the turnstiles.
This gigantic tater is smothered in cheese, pulled pork, onions and jalapenos while being absolutely covered in barbecue sauce.
"Potachos": Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers)
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Who says nachos can only be made with typical tortilla chips?
It definitely wasn't the Tigers, who created these thick-sliced potato chips topped with cheese, jalapenos and onions as one of their new menu items at games this year.
Who knows how everyday fans will respond, but at least Darren Rovell of ESPN wants to get his hands on them.
"The Schmitter": Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies)
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Besides being known to have some of the rowdiest fans in all of sports, Philadelphia is most recognized for being cheesesteak country.
The difference separating this sandwich from just another meat and cheese on a hoagie though? The toppings.
This goliath is layered with salami, onions, tomato and special sauce before being smothered in melted cheese.
You might need extra innings just to finish it!
"Cuban Sandwich": Raymond James Stadium (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
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We're guessing you've enjoyed your fair share of sandwiches in your day.
Hell, there's a good chance you eat one every single day for lunch while sitting in the office.
But while at a sporting event, we doubt you've ever seen anything like this.
Sliced pork, ham and salami mixed with the swiss cheese, tomato, pickle and mustard make this a must-have if ever at a Bucs game.
S'pacific Salmon BLT: Qwest Field (Seattle Seahawks)
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Living in Seattle, all we tend to hear about is how fresh and delicious the seafood is here.
Unfortunately, our taste buds don't really enjoy the taste of fish, so we don't have an opinion either way.
But that doesn't stop people from raving about this freshly caught salmon sandwich that's topped with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and mustard at every Seahawks game.
Poutine: BMO Field (Toronto FC)
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And you didn't think Canadians brought much to the table. Turns out they know how to give a mountain of food to it!
Poutine is a dish that many Canadians love, but when ordering the dish at Toronto FC games, make sure you pack an appetite, because it's going to kick you in the stomach.
Packed with triple the pork, a mountain of fries is topped with cheese curds, gravy, bacon and sausage.
Like we said, it's a lot to chow on.
Turkey Drumsticks: Target Field (Minnesota Twins)
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We don't claim to be foodies, but even we'd just have to taste test a giant turkey drumstick if we ever get to a Twins game someday.
With only 80 of these things served up per game, you better hope the bat-sized leg isn't gone before the opening pitch, because they're quite popular—even among visiting fans.
"The Hammer": Turner Field (Atlanta Braves)
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Named after Braves legend—and former MLB career home run leader—"Hammering" Hank Aaron, this is not a sandwich the former outfielder would have probably eaten on game day too often.
Fried chicken, bacon, cheese and onions don't sound too bad, but when you toss in the fact that the two things holding it all together aren't pieces of bread but instead two waffles, well, it should be considered for the MLB banned substance list.
"Victory Knot": Ford Field (Detroit Lions)
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We've all heard the saying, "Everything's bigger in Texas," but the Lions weren't about to let the state steal all things big.
Sure, it may look like your typical sea-salted soft pretzel—served with three dipping sauces—but try carrying the thing back to your seat and see how the two-pound beast feels.
Now that you've decided you want to attack it, make sure the other three people with you are ready to help, because there's no way in hell you're going at it alone.
"The Boomstick": Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (Texas Rangers)
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Would you ever imagine paying $26 for a hot dog?
Probably not, but then again, you'd be missing out on one of the best we've ever seen before.
The Rangers' two-foot-long hot dog is smothered in chili, nacho cheese, jalapeno and onions and tossed in-between a potato bun for a wiener that would make anyone jealous.
"The Strasburger": Nationals Park (Washington Nationals)
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You know you've made it once there's a food item named after you.
That's the case for Nats ace Stephen Strasburg, who was honored by his organization with the invention of "The Strasburger," which is an eight-pound, 8,000-calorie burger garnished with the normal burger toppings, secret sauce and served with a cone basket of fries.
Remember to grab a lot of napkins—and cash—to help avoid greasy hands in case a foul ball finds your seat.