Power Ranking the Best Game Day Food

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2013

Power Ranking the Best Game Day Food

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24:  A stadium vendor sells hot dogs during Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers at AT&T Park on October 24, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ez
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    Although it's always great to cuddle up on the couch in our sweatpants and watch a sporting event—especially when hungover—I think it's safe to say that most fans would love to get to the stadium to see the action in person.

    Sure, tickets, parking and concessions will set you back a pretty penny these days, but aren't those the things that help make the stadium experience?

    Stop. Don't answer that. Because I think it does.

    That's why I'm power ranking the best game day grub that I can only hope we can all admit to stuffing our faces with.

    Hope you brought your appetite.

18. RFK Stadium's Options

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    While you'll notice that all the other options on this list center around items a fan can get inside a stadium, I had to give a mention to Washington fans for the use of food trucks around the stadium on game days.

    As one who loves a new portable restaurant, it's pretty dope to see the option there prior to actually walking into a game.

    It's a hell of a lot cheaper, too.

17. The Ivar Dog, Safeco Field

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    As someone currently in Seattle, I have to say that this sandwich is one that a number of fans have mentioned to me as a must-try.

    Just one problem guys—I hate fish.

    And seeing how it's a deep-fried fillet of cod topped with coleslaw and tartar sauce, I probably wouldn't like it too much.

    Who knows though? Spending a few innings down in "The 'Pen," enjoying a few too many cold ones, could change my mind.

16. Turkey Drumstick, Target Field

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    Although these are at Twins games and not Vikings games, that doesn't mean you won't feel like a big, burly, bearded man when gnawing on one of these drumsticks.

    Since they serve up only 80 per game, you better get in line early and hope that no visiting fans take advantage of the delicious leg early.

    I guarantee you won't be hungry if you finish one of these.

15. Lobster Roll, Fenway Park

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    While I mentioned earlier that I'm not a seafood eater, one of my few times at Fenway has actually ended with me taking a few bites of this sandwich.

    A good mix for the health-conscious fans and those who still want to stuff their face, the lobster rolls will give you a good taste of what East Coast seafood is all about.

    Plus, if you don't like it—or in my case, try a bite—you'll get heckled by those hometown Bostonians.

14. The Brisket Stack, Arrowhead Stadium

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    Kansas City is known for it's barbecue, so leave it to Arrowhead Stadium to have some of the finest the city can offer.

    Slow-cooked for 17 hours, the sandwich is doused with BBQ sauce, making it something of an erupting volcano.

    Mixed with the onions and pickles, this will leave you talking more about the food than the game itself.

13. The Victory Knot, Ford Field

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    Although a normal soft pretzel might not be your idea of a meal for the sheer idea that it's not filling enough, take a crack at eating the Victory Knot and see if you still have room in your stomach for anything else.

    Considering this thing actually weighs two pounds, make sure you have enough people with you to help finish it, because there's no way in hell you'll be able to do it alone.

12. Poutine, BMO Field

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    I'm not sure when it was, but I've had poutine at least one time in my life.

    Apparently, the potato-filled, gravy and cheese-topped snack is more of a delicacy for our neighbors up north—and the choice at BMO Field in Toronto represents it well.

    This option actually includes a few handfuls of pork underneath everything else, meaning you better pack an appetite if you even want to try and take a crack at eating it.

11. The Caz GrandSlam, Minute Maid Park

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    If you can make your way past all of the toppings—which includes refried beans, corn chips and enough onions to make you cry—you'll notice that there's actually a half-pound burger beneath that bun.

    The good news with the Caz GrandSlam is that it seems to cover all the food groups.

    The bad news is that you'll only eat about half of it and probably forget to box the rest of it up to enjoy the next day for lunch.

10. The Cheese Bratwurst, Madison Square Garden

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    It might not be good for you, but how the hell can't you just love cheese?

    Personally, it's something that I eat with nearly everything.

    That's why the cheese bratwurst served at Madison Square Garden should be something that every single human being tries at some point in their life.

    It takes the best of both worlds—a heap of meat with a lot of cheese.

9. Spaghetti Pie Panino, Target Field

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    Why settle for either just an ordinary panini or a plate of spaghetti when you can just combine them to get the Spaghetti Pie Panino at Target Field?

    As someone who loved microwaveable snacks after school while growing up, these things put an adult spin on the children's portion.

    Between the turkey legs and these pasta-filled sandwiches, it looks like I need to get to Target Field next season.

8. The Brunch Burger, PNC Park

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    It may look like an everything bagel, but don't make the mistake that you're biting into something doughy and not into something doughy and sweet with this burger.

    Released before this past season, the Brunch Burger combines everything guys like on their plates—no matter what meal they're about to eat.

    In between two sprinkled donuts is a patty topped with a fried egg, cheese and, of course, bacon—because you can't leave off the bacon.

    It might not sound too appetizing during a 95-degree, mid-July game, but... actually scratch that. This thing would be delicious no matter what.

7. Carne Asada Fries, Petco Park

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    I'm not sure about you, but loaded cheese fries are something that, if my body could handle it, I'd probably eat every single day of my life.

    The goodness of melted cheese, sour cream and bacon on top of french fries is always tempting.

    Take the deliciousness of bacon and substitute steak in its place, though—as the fine people at Petco Park did with these carne asada fries—and you might be even happier with the result.

    It's like Taco Bell meets McDonald's—which is about as good as something can get right there.

6. The Broad St. Burger, Wells Fargo Center

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    It may just look like an ordinary burger—if you're someone who cooks burgers that look like a piece of art—but make no mistake that the Broad St. Burger is anything but typical.

    Not only does it have a delicious beef patty to give it that grilled taste, but it actually includes pieces of smoked brisket on top of cheddar cheese and onions.

    I need to stop, I'm making myself really hungry right now.

5. The Prime Beef Sandwich, Yankee Stadium

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    Leave it to the New York Yankees to come up with something that's so simple, yet so refined, to serve at a sporting event.

    While you may only think about eating prime beef when you're at a bouji dinner, the Yanks remind fans that a trip to Yankee Stadium is the equivalent of a fancy meal.

    It'll set you back $15, but if you eat it really slow and enjoy each bite, you'll feel better about how much lighter it just made your wallet.

4. The Almost Famous, Heinz Field

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    Will the Almost Famous be dangerous to your long-term health?


    Should you care about the consequences while stuffing it into your face?

    Not one bit.

    What separates this sandwich isn't just the choice of meats—from capicola to cheesesteak—it's that when you combine that thinly-sliced meat with coleslaw, other veggies and french fries into a sandwich, your taste buds will absolutely love you.

3. The Hammer, Turner Field

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    As one of the most expensive items in any sports stadium—be prepared to spend $14—the decision to order the Hammer is one that shouldn't be taken lightly.

    I'll put it this way—if you get full off a few pieces of fried chicken, stay away from this.

    Not only does it have the chicken on it, but it also has bacon, cheese and pecan maple mayo to go along with two waffles acting as the bun.

    A little sweet and a little meaty, the Hammer looks like it was made more for a college diner filled with drunk students at 4 a.m. than for fans at a baseball game.

    I couldn't approve of this more, though.

2. Gilroy Garlic Fries, AT&T Park

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    As someone who has eaten an order of Gilroy's by himself, I can attest that these garlic fries are absolutely everything they're cracked up to be.

    Something loaded with garlic and herbs sounds like a disaster waiting to happen if you plan on talking to anyone else at a San Francisco Giants game, but that's just a small price to pay upon eating this, because with it in your hand, there's never going to be an awkward pause.

1. Murph-A-Dilla, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

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    At last, we've reached the top of our list—hungry yet?

    While the Boomstick might get more publicity because of its sheer size, the Murph-A-Dilla deserves a bundle of respect as well.

    As something that would do well on the TV show Man vs. Food, the 24-inch, beef brisket-filled quesadilla that's topped with Doritos apparently is named after Rangers outfielder David Murphy, who admitted that it's his favorite snack.

    Currently a free agent, fans better hope Texas re-signs Murphy so that his "snack" can be a week-long meal for fans who actually order one.