Power Ranking MLB Stadiums Based on Their FoodMarch 13, 2012
Power Ranking MLB Stadiums Based on Their Food
Major League Baseball and food are practically synonymous. After all, what's a trip to the ballpark without a hot dog and a cold drink?
But as the years have gone by, the food options at each stadium throughout the league has grown. The standby's like hot dogs, nachos, Cracker Jack's, peanuts and soda are still around but they are now joined by more high-end options.
With that in mind, it only makes sense to take a look at each MLB park's food choices and how they stack up against each other.
30. Texas Rangers: Rangers Ballpark
It's tough to rank some of these low because they all have their fair share of great food, but someone had to come in last, and it's the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers' best food option is the Big Dog, a one third pound hot dog with chili, nacho cheese and grilled onions.
29. Arizona Diamondbacks: Chase Field
The Arizona Dog, found at the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, sounds like a solid hot dog. Tortilla strips and chorizo cover the hot dog, bringing in a nice southwestern touch to an all-American classic.
But the third topping leaves something to be desired—nacho cheese. Maybe it's just me, but I'd prefer to not have my chorizo drenched in nacho cheese.
28. St. Louis Cardinals: Busch Stadium
Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing against ravioli, I think it's great.
But does it belong at a baseball game? I don't really think so. That being said, the Hunter's Dog is hot and spicy with great Midwestern flavor. Even still, the prices are high at Busch and two hot dogs and two drinks could cost you about $20.
27. Toronto Blue Jays: Rogers Centre
Toronto has an old stadium in the renamed Rogers Centre and just like the stadium, the food hasn't been updated.
While the Blue Jays have tried to update their concessions, it hasn't been as successful as in other stadiums across the Major Leagues. Their best dish is the barbecue chicken nachos that are drenched in just about every topping possible.
26. Cincinnati Reds: Great American Ballpark
At the home of the Cincinnati Reds, they have a hot dog called the Cheese Coney.
Just look at it—it's a mound of cheese on a hot dog.
Actually, it's more than just a mound of cheese because it has onions, chili and mustard on it as well. While that may sound really appealing to a lot of people, it's not terribly creative or a real delicacy. It kind of just looks like something that anyone could make in their kitchen.
25. San Diego Padres: Petco Park
I love Rubio's fish tacos. But that's exactly why Petco is ranked so low.
The biggest specialty food at the home of the Padres is just a fish taco that I could get at the Rubio's around the corner from my house. They taste great, but it's not like I can't get one of these exact tacos anywhere else.
24. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Angel Stadium
Growing up in Southern California, I've been to my fair share of Angels games. And having been to my fair share of Angels games, I know for a fact that the food is nothing to write home about.
The best the Angels have to offer is the Halo Dog, a hot dog wrapped in bacon and covered in beans, cheese and pico de gallo. It might have some bold flavors, but it's too pricey.
23. Atlanta Braves: Turner Field
Atlanta is the home of great Southern food, but sadly, Turner Field isn't.
The food is pretty average and expensive but there are a few top-notch options. The best Turner Field has to offer is Skip and Pete's Barbecue, but it too is pretty expensive.
22. New York Yankees: Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium may be nice and new, but unfortunately, that has impacted the food.
Prices for food at a Yankee game are sky-high—a bottle of water costs $5 and any hot dog is over $6. Even still, some of the food is pretty good, like Lobel's Prime Beef Sandwich. It's one of the best out there, but it costs $15.
21. Washington Nationals: Nationals Park
One of the newer ballparks in baseball has a fairly good selection of food to eat while taking in a Nationals game.
In terms of local food, the best Nationals Park has to offer is Ben's Chili Bowl which offers a sausage with chili, mustard, cheese and onions all over it. It may not be very healthy, but it tastes great.
20. Cleveland Indians: Progressive Park
At the home of the Cleveland Indians, there is food around every corner and it's all pretty good.
Their biggest specialty is Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese which is served at Chef's Action Station along with lasagna and Sunday brunch.
19. Detroit Tigers: Comerica Park
The Tigers have done a pretty good job of stocking up on local food establishments at Comerica Park. The biggest problem is that they're very expensive.
Prices aside, the Detroit version of the Coney Dog has a nice balance of cheese, chili and onions, making it a great choice for a Tigers game.
Sorry Cincinnati, this is how it's done right.
18. Chicago Cubs: Wrigley Field
The Cubs have pretty average food at Wrigley Field. They don't have any fancy chefs or high-end local cuisine, meaning most of their eats are simple ballpark food.
But what they do have is the North Side Twist, a giant pretzel with multiple dipping sauces. The sauces include cheese, icing and multiple types of mustard.
17. Pittsburgh Pirates: PNC Park
The Primanti Brothers sandwich at the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates features something rarely seen at any of the other ballparks across the country.
Inside their sandwich is ham and provolone cheese, but that's not the X factor.
Where the flavor comes from is the cole slaw and french fries that are found inside sandwich.
16. New York Mets: Citi Field
The Mets' new stadium, Citi Field, brought along a strong menu to Mets games.
There is food around every corner of the Citi Field concourse, including the famed Shake Shack. There, you can get a "Shack Burger" to enjoy in the summer sun.
15. Miami Marlins: Marlins Park
The Miami Marlins are middle of the pack because frankly, we don't know what to expect from their brand new stadium. Expectations will undoubtedly be high because it's brand new and will be expected to be high-end.
If it's anything like their old home, Sun Life Stadium, they will be serving some paella—a dish filled with seafood like shrimp, lobster, scallops, various fish and vegetables.
14. Philadelphia Phillies: Citizens Bank Ballpark
Philly is known for their cheesesteaks and Citizens Bank Ballpark is as well.
Perhaps their best-known cheesesteak is The Schmitter, named after former Phillie-great Mike Schmidt. The concoction lives up to the billing as a tasty cheesesteak filled with ribeye steak, salami, onions, tomatoes, sauce and of course lots and lots of cheese.
Just as with any other big ballpark that houses an elite team, the lines can leave a little to be desired.
13. Minnesota Twins: Target Field
Target Field is one of MLB's newer stadiums and the food is just as nice as the new home of the Minnesota Twins. But one meal steals the show—Murray's Steak Sandwich.
The steak sandwich comes from Murray's Steakhouse, a local restaurant, and is served with garlic toast.
12. Kansas City Royals: Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City is the capital of slow cooked barbecue and they make that known at Royals games.
Kauffman Stadium is home to the KC Ribeye Stack, a dish with bacon, grilled onions, cheese, mushrooms and ribeye steak. It helped the Royals win a barbecue contest at the 2010 All-Star Game.
11. Tampa Bay Rays: Tropicana Field
For being as old and run down as Tropicana Field is, it has some pretty good food and reasonable prices.
The best item on the menu is the Columbia Cuban, taken from the Colombian Restaurant in nearby Ybor City, Florida. This sandwich is filled with ham, pork, salami, cheese, pickles and mustard.
10. Milwaukee Brewers: Miller Park
Milwaukee is known for its sausages so it's only fitting that the ones they serve at Miller Park are some of the best in all of Major League Baseball.
They have a wide array of brats and sausages with plenty of sauerkraut to go around. And just take a look at that mac and cheese.
Like the naming rights suggest, they have plenty of Miller brand beers as well.
9. Colorado Rockies: Coors Field
Coors Field has one of the more interesting food choices in the league—"Rocky Mountain oysters."
Clearly, not everyone will be willing to try these. But for those who do, you'll be able to say that you've done something that few others have ever done—eat bull testicles while watching Troy Tulowitzki and the Colorado Rockies.
8. Los Angeles Dodgers: Dodger Stadium
Dodger Dogs are probably the most polarizing food in sports history. You either love them or you hate them.
Personally, I don't think there's anything better than a sunny day, an ice cold Coke and a Dodger Dog. Next time you're at Chavez Ravine, make sure you get a grilled Dodger Dog and not a boiled one.
And if you're one of those people who can't stand Dodger Dogs, there are various other concession stands around every corner, including Canter's Deli.
7. Boston Red Sox: Fenway Park
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and the Fenway Frank.
The Fenway Frank is arguably the most storied of all hot dogs for it's simple, yet classic taste. No trip to Fenway is complete without one.
6. San Francisco Giants: AT&T Park
The food at AT&T Park is amazing, as one would expect from a city like San Francisco, especially in a relatively new ballpark.
The Giants have some of the best garlic fries out there, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, great sandwiches and the Cha Cha Bowl. The Cha Cha Bowl is a Caribbean creation made up of shredded pork with rice, beans and pineapple zucchini salsa. I haven't heard of anything like it anywhere else in MLB.
5. Oakland Athletics: O.co Coliseum
While the walk to get your food might be one of the ugliest in all of baseball, the food is worth it.
The A's don't have $1 hot dog days anymore, but they still have some great and reasonably priced food. The standard hot dog is among the best in the majors and the barbecue concession stand is fantastic. Kinder's Barbecue serves a "ball tip" steak sandwich that features barbecued sirloin, lettuce, tomatoes and sweet barbecue sauce.
4. Chicago White Sox: US Cellular Field
US Cellular Field has some of the most unique food options throughout the Major Leagues. The most notable of those is the "corn off the cob" that the White Sox serve.
Quite simply, corn off the cob is what you would expect it to be, but with plenty of toppings. Butter, salt, chili powder and cheese can all be found on this dish, making it all the more tasty.
3. Houston Astros: Minute Maid Park
Minute Maid Park in Houston isn't just the home of the Houston Astros—it's also the home of barbecue stuffed potatoes.
These aren't your run-of-the-mill stuffed potatoes. The vendors in Houston stuff the baked spuds with barbecue sauce, onions, cheese, jalapeno peppers and a healthy serving of pulled pork.
2. Seattle Mariners: Safeco Field
You can't be surprised that a stadium like Safeco is so high, can you?
The home of the Mariners is located in the home of seafood, Seattle. That means sushi (like the Ichiroll), salmon and more.
They aren't traditional baseball foods, but everything is so good that you can't pass it up.
1. Baltimore Orioles: Camden Yards
Rejoice Orioles fans, you're finally better than the rest of the American League East.
The Orioles have one of the nicest ballparks in all of baseball and the food is on par with the rest of the stadium.
There is a wide variety of food, including crab cakes, but the main attraction is Boog's Barbecue.
Run by former Oriole Boog Powell, it features some of the best sandwiches you will find anywhere.