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The Best Stadium Food in America

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Crow's Nest Cuban Sandwich at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Photo courtesy of  LevyRestaurants.com
Crow's Nest Cuban Sandwich at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Photo courtesy of LevyRestaurants.com

Sure, you go to stadiums to see the games — baseball, football, soccer, whatever — but what’s a game without food? And we’re not talking about just any old hot dog. Stadiums these days offer the kinds of gourmet foods that can even make up for a losing season. Almost.

Now, food can be subjective, but when nearly everyone, everywhere, agrees that the garlic fries in both Candlestick Park and AT&T Park are the best anywhere, well, get to San Francisco and get the garlic fries.

We realize that coming up with a list of the best stadiums with the best foods in the entire country is a tall order to fill. That’s why we aren’t going to take credit for it, but instead point you to some great lists on the web, complete with pictures and slide shows. If you weren’t hungry before you started this culinary journey, you will be when you’re done.

USA Today raves over the garlic fries at AT&T Park in San Francisco, but also mentions the ahi tuna sandwiches and portobello-mushroom burgers. A few more of their picks:

  • Any BBQ at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Fish tacos at Petco Park in San Diego.
  • The Schmitter – a towering concoction of “fried salami, steak, three slices of cheese, fried onions, tomatoes and a special sauce” served at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
  • Rocky Mountain Oysters at Coors Field in Denver (you do know they aren’t really oysters, right?).
  • The Kidd Valley burgers at Safeco Field in Seattle. Their expert, Kevin Reichard, founder of ballparkdigest.com, called them “the best burgers in the majors.”
  • Pierogies at Jacobs Field in Cleveland.

Woman’s Day picked 8 Fantastic Football Stadium Foods, including:

  • Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab Fries at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
  • Vegetarian Bratwursts at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
  • Crow’s Nest Cuban Sandwich at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  • Taste of the South Peach Cobbler at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Departures decided that America’s Best Sports Stadium Food included:

Porkchops on a stick. Photo courtesy of Delaware North Sportservice
Porkchops on a stick. Photo courtesy of Delaware North Sportservice
  • J. D. Hoyt’s Porkchop on a stick at Target Field in Minneapolis.
  • Lobster rolls, crab cake sandwiches, and clam chowder at Citi Field in New York.
  • Green-chile Kobe burgers topped with jalapeño jack cheese at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Travel + Leisure focused on baseball stadium food, raving over the Ivar Dog at Safeco Field in Seattle, “a deep-fried cod fillet topped with coleslaw and tartar sauce and served on a fresh-baked bun.” They also point out that in Philadelphia, “PETA has twice named Citizens Bank Park the most vegetarian-friendly stadium in North America.” Finally, they recommend Mike’s famous eggplant parmigiana hero at Yankee Stadium in New York.

ESPN, in Best Signature Ballpark Food and Hot Dogs, raves over Boog’s Barbecue at Oriole Park in Baltimore, shrimp tacos at Petco Park in San Diego and Ivar’s Grilled Salmon Sandwich at Safeco Field in Seattle. You can almost hear them drooling over the BBQ Stuffed Baked Potato at Minute Maid Park in Houston:

“Get this. A ginormous baked potato buried in cheese, loaded down with sweet pulled pork meat, doused in barbecue sauce, smothered in onions, and topped with jalapeno peppers.”

No matter what park you’re at or what kind of game you’re attending, you’re sure to find great food, from the traditional popcorn and peanuts to sushi in Seattle.