Wondering what the new foods are hitting the ballparks this 2019 season? We’ve got you covered! Read on for a complete list of the most exciting foods to check out.
Coming to a Stadium Near You…
It looks like plenty of MLB stadiums have stepped up their food games this year. With these food reboots have come some pretty popular new food items. So, before we get into the real MVP’s of the season, we’ll talk about a few dishes and flavors you can find at multiple stadiums.
First off, as more teams try to expand their menus to accommodate those with diet restrictions, one of the most popular new items you will find are plant-based burgers and chili. Usually dubbed “impossible” or “beyond,” these no-meat options could fool even the most committed carnivore.
Another common feature of new stadium food this season is alcohol. Whether it’s in the cheese on your burger or the ice cream in your sundae, the booze has come up to bat this season.
As far as thematic flavors go, you can expect a good sampling of Korean, Mexican, and Japanese inspired flavors.
Lastly, a couple of the more pedestrian additions include heavily topped tots, variants on the classic chicken and waffle combo, and street tacos.
Best New Ballpark Foods
Now for the part we’ve all been waiting for, here’s our list of the most exciting new foods of the season.
Loaded Helmet Nachos— Angel Stadium
Following up last year’s iconic helmet offering, the Mound, this year’s dish is trading out the chocolate chip cookies for some seriously tasty nachos. Get ready to share and get your hands messy, because between the chipotle chicken, guac, beans, cheese, pico, and pickled jalapeños, you and your game-buddies are going to have your hands full with this stuffed helmet.
You can find this one on the traveling Tostitos Nacho carts around the stadium. Just try not to squabble over who gets the helmet or the last chip.
Reuben Some Dirt On It Dog & S.I. Cover Dog—Chase Field
These two seasonal dogs are worth every cent of their $30 price tags. Each of these dogs 18-inches long, with a Schreiner’s hot dog and bratwurst respectively. The Reuben is wrapped in a rye bun and smothered with mac and cheese, fried pickles, and green onions, topped off with a secret sauce to create something truly, delectably horrific for your doctor.
On the other hand, the SI Cover dog has an onion bun, and the mac on this one is fried. Its beautifully layered flavor is rounded out by jalapeño-granny smith apple coleslaw, barbecue aioli, house-cured beer pickles and green onion.
The Reuben dog is only available from June to July and the S.I.’s only sticking around from August to September, so you won’t want to miss your chance. Find these offerings at Big Dawgs.
Pizza Cupcake— Citi Field
A fan favorite vendor is debuting at the Citi Field stadium this year: Smorgasburg. And they are bringing their A game with their pizza-inspired cupcakes. Whether you pair your mozzarella and tomato with oregano for a Margherita pizza or with pepperoni for a tried-and-true classic, you can now get your savory fix in sweet bite-sized portions.
Check these little treats out at the Jim Beam Highball Club on the Promenade.
Donut Burger— Citizen Bank Park
Are the pizza cupcakes not sweet enough for your sweet tooth? We get it; that’s why we’ve included this perfect balance of sweet and savory for you to check out: the Donut Burger.
Though it might sound absurd at first, this bacon cheeseburger situated atop a fluffy glazed donut and slathered with spicy pepper jam is the perfect marriage of classically sweet and savory flavors. Honestly, it’s a must-try. Keep an eye out for it in left field at Boardwalk Eats.
Garden Salad Jars and Coney Dog Egg Rolls— Comerica Park
Comerica has both its health conscious and indulgent fans in mind this year. If the idea of managing your regular salad in a stadium seat has you cheating on your diet, fear no more; the Garden salad jars have you covered. Comerica’s Grab ’N Go section is now serving up fresh, spring-mix salads with cheese, grains, veggies, and occasionally chicken in manageable screw-top jars. Just shake them up and go to town.
If salad really isn’t what you’re looking for at a ball game, don’t worry. As a new twist on the iconic Coney Island pizza, the Coney dog egg roll is sure to be a new fan favorite. The crispy roll adds an exciting new crunch to the ol’ dog.
California Roll Bowl— Dodger Stadium
We told you to keep an eye out for Japanese-inspired flavors; here’s one of our favorite takes on the new trend. Dodger stadium is introducing a twist on both the traditional baseball bowl and the California roll. This dish includes a tasty combination of imitation crab, sriracha aioli, edamame, carrots and cucumbers, all served up on a lovely pile of sushi rice.
RWB Dog and the Fowl Pole— Globe Life Park
Globe Life Park has taken the “go big or go home” platitude to heart this year. The “RWB” Dog is a loud-and proud tribute to the ol’ red white and blue. It includes a Gherkins relish of Best Maid pickles, dyed red and blue, alongside a strip of white onions.
The sausage underneath round out the savory-sweet-spicy combo with its Texas chili flavor. Plus, they didn’t forget about the salt; this dish is served with a side of Lays chips. Find this dog at the Eat More Dawgs stand near section 36, and both American Dog Stands.
If the Red, White, and Blue Dog isn’t extravagant enough to excite you, the Fowl Powl goes the extra mile. This hefty, 2lb chicken strip is truly something to behold. Composed of eight chicken breasts wrapped together, this hand-battered, fried concoction is accompanied by waffle fries, honey mustard, and ranch. Trust us, this one won’t disappoint. Check it out at Budweiser Bowtie Plaza’s Flew the Coop stand at section 50.
Impossible Asian Appetizer Duo— Guaranteed Rate Field
Combining two popular food trends, Guaranteed Rate Field’s Levy Restaurants has fans jazzed about their new vegetarian-friendly, Asian-inspired offering: The Impossible Asian Appetizer Duo.
The plant-based protein isn’t holding this duo back one bit. The pan-fried pot stickers are served with a soy chili dipping sauce and include a mouth-watering combination of ginger, scallions, cabbage, and sesame.
Additionally, their partner in crime, the crispy spring roll, is served with a Chinese hot mustard sauce and showcases the wonders of Napa cabbage with green onions and ginger jalapeño marmalade.
Find this killer combo in the Diamond Suites.
Red Curry Bowl and Boozy Popsicles— Oakland Coliseum
Constantly have a hankering Thai food? Never thought you’d find it at a baseball field? Look no further than Oakland Coliseum’s new Nourish stand at The Farm behind the right-field flagpoles. Among their smattering of exciting new food, their Red Curry bowl with grilled chicken, bell peppers, and egg noodles has us swooning.
But that’s not the only exciting addition at the Coliseum, you should also keep an eye out for Party Pops’ boozy popsicles. With a variety of frozen cocktails in ergonomic popsicle-form, this is really something you don’t want to miss. The Blueberry Mania is a fan favorite, but they also offer a Moscow Mule flavor and much more.
Quinoa Blueberry Salad— PNC Park
While there have been a plethora of new health conscious options this year, this has to be one of our favorites. Rather than just offering your run of the mill salad, the Market at PNC Park is offering this colorful mix of spinach, blueberries, cucumbers, hearts of palm, carrots and sunflower seeds. All served on top of a bed of red quinoa and topped with balsamic dressing.
Check out this exciting new option behind section 118!
Buzz Margarita and Magenta Mojo Cocktail— Safeco Field
While most of these have been new food options, a couple Safeco’s new drink options had to be mentioned. First up is the Buzz Margarita. The already unique mix of Mezcal, szechuan buttons, and edible flowers is topped with toasted grasshoppers. Talk about an adventure! Check it out at Edgar’s Cantina in the ‘Pen.
If grasshoppers are too much bug for the buzz, try out Safeco’s new cocktail honoring their recent partnering with T-Mobile: the Magenta Mojo. The pink flavors match the company’s branding with a mix of grapefruit, rose, and hibiscus. Pick up one of these refreshers, which can also be found in the ‘Pen.
The Boomstick and Peanut Butter n’ Jelly Candied Bacon Sandwich— Target Field
Looking for something so classically decadent that it might actually stop your heart? Look no further than Target field’s Boomstick. This hoagie is gas-station food 2.0 (in the best way). Nestled in a thick, carb-packed bun is an astounding 2 foot-long hotdog slathered in a combination of chili, nacho cheese, jalapeños, and frilled unions. Swing by Section 127 to get one of these for yourself (or your whole crew).
Continuing with the classic flavor trend, Target Field also stepped up another tried-and-true. Forget that boring PB&J from grade school, these bad boys have introduced candied bacon to the mix. And that has made all the difference. The smooth peanut butter and lightly sweet jelly encase the perfectly crisp bacon of your dreams, all inside a pair of grilled sourdough slices. Don’t forget to pick one of these up in Section 114.
Meaty Delights— Tropicana Field
Honestly, we just couldn’t decide between Tropicana Field’s three new meat-packed dishes: freshly smoked ribs, short rib grilled cheese, and ropa vieja bowl.
If this trio sounds too good to be true, think again. First, the dry-rubbed ribs are smoked on site and are available at the Budweiser Smoke and Pour in the Third Base Food Hall.
Not looking for straight, meaty goodness? Tempter it by getting the grilled cheese version. Sourdough bread bravely contains a mountainous helping of Budweiser-braised short rib, accompanied by caramelized onions, horseradish cream, and THREE cheeses (swiss, cheddar, and fontina). Find this one at Melted on the Budweiser Porch.
The last, but certainly not the least of these additions is the Ropa Vieja Bowl. This one trades out the ribs for a delectable, slow-roasted brisket, perfectly paired with white rice, plantains, as well as sautéed pepper and onions. Grab this meal at Cubanos in the Third Base Food Hall.
Big Red Machine Burger – Great American Ballpark
Only available in the Scout’s Club, the new Big Red Machine burger will have you ready to take a nap after you’re done eating it.
Topped with a split Big Red Smokey, Sauerkraut, Beer Cheese, and Grippo’s Potato Chips on a Servatii’s Pretzel Bun – you’ll get a smattering of Cincinnati favorites like Grippo’s and Servatti’s in one oversized sandwich.
This guy will cost you about $12.50 – but you probably won’t need to eat again for 48 hours, so it could end up being a great value.