The MLB season is underway heading into the summer months where warm nights and Saturday afternoons are filled with America's greatest pastime. However, baseball games have a tradition beyond home runs and strikeouts. The experience of a MLB game includes venue history, team traditions, and most importantly, a ballpark's iconic food and drink options. Ticket Galaxy breaks down the top ballpark foodie cravings in America because with Major League Baseball, there are always Major League Eats:
Boston Red Sox: Fenway Park
The Fenway Frank is a prized food item sold at Boston Red Sox's Fenway Park. The oldest MLB stadium in America, Fenway holds a legacy in MLB nestled in the heart of Boston. The bars directly surrounding the ballpark hold enough good eats to keep fans full for seasons, but the food inside the stadium is not to be underestimated. A Fenway Frank is as simple and true as the park itself. The Fenway Frank went under a revamp in 2009, only being modified after careful taste testing. Unlike other ballpark's hot dogs, The Fenway Frank is both boiled AND slightly grilled. It's placed on a standard hot dog roll, and the toppings are up to the customer to decide from there.
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Oakland A's: Oakland Coliseum
Kinder's Famous Ball Tip Sandwich
Oakland Coliseum holds a handful of delicious BBQ options for Oakland A's fans that attend the games. The close proximity of the Coliseum to Oracle Arena creates an unique sports atmosphere before fans even enter the ballpark. One famous sandwich in the midst is the Ball Tip Sandwich from Kinder's Meats. Kinder's Meats is a business that caters and sells BBQ food in addition to their rubs and sauces. The business has locations scattered throughout California and Nevada. They are located in the ballpark, and Kinder's Famous Ball Tip Sandwich can be sniffed out down the walkway during games.
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Atlanta Braves: SunTrust Park
Gu's Dumplings is a classic in Atlanta. Gu's Dumplings originally started as a full-fledged restaurant called Gu's Bistro on Buford Highway. Due to the distance from downtown Atlanta, the business moved to become Gu's Dumplings at Krog Street Market. Chef Gu and his wife are natives from Chengdu, Szechuan in southwestern China. The couple brought their Szechuan cuisine talents to Atlanta to become the first authentic Szechuan restaurant in downtown Atlanta. The cart at SunTrust Park includes some of the most popular items from the now-smaller Krog Street Market location. The cart also sells noodle bowls in addition to their boiled dumplings.
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Washington Nationals: Nationals Park
Ben's Chili Bowl Half-Smoke Hot Dog
Ben's Chili Bowl franchise goes back to the '40s in the Washington D.C. area. Starting as a breakfast sausage, the famous Half Smoke meat developed into a hot dog with the addition of a bun, mustard, onions, and spicy homemade chili sauce. Ben's Chili Bowl Half-Smoke Hot Dog was born. The Nationals Park includes a Ben's Chili Bowl where fans can get a taste of one of D.C.'s beloved franchises. Chili sauce is just one of many options on the menu; turkey dogs and veggie dogs are also options. The franchise is so famous that the staff has built up a photo gallery of celebrities who have stopped by to eat over the years. Highlights include George W. Bush, Kevin Durant, Bruno Mars, and many more. Indulge in one of the capital's beloved eats while watching the Nationals play ball.
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New York Yankees: Yankee Stadium
Lobel's Steak Sandwich
The Yankees are undoubtedly one of the most famous MLB teams in the league. After their new and expensive Yankee Stadium opened, the food options grew, as well. Lobel's of New York has Carving Stations at Yankee Stadium that offer Lobel's USDA Prime Steak Sandwich. Feeling like eating like a ballpark king? The Steak Sandwich is your answer. Lobel's features world-class butchers that began as an online family butcher shop. Yankee Stadium is the ONLY location that one can eat a Lobel's Steak Sandwich, making it a special addition to the new stadium. Though Yankee Stadium is notoriously expensive, this rare food option will be worth it.
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San Francisco Giants: AT&T Park
Crazy Crab'z Dungeness Crab Sandwich
With a location so close to the water, it only makes sense that the San Francisco Giants would put seafood on the top of their tasty options at AT&T Park. Crazy Crab'z does it all: calamari, chowder, shrimp, and of course, their signature Dungeness Crab Sandwich. Stuffed between two San Francisco sourdough bread slices with tomato, the Dungeness crab stands out between the few simple ingredients. It's tasty and unique to the location of the stadium near the coast. Next time you head to a Giants game, remember to indulge in the best that San Francisco's coastline has to offer.
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Pittsburgh Pirates: PNC Park
Primanti Brothers Pitts-burger
Primanti Brothers have been located in Pittsburgh since the 1930s. Since then, it's expanded into a franchise with a location at Pittsburgh Pirates' PNC Park. The Primanti Brothers sandwich, known for the fries on the sandwich itself, became a signature item for the franchise. At the stadium, there is another signature worth mentioning. The Primanti Brothers' Pitts-burger contains a beef patty, tomatoes, lettuce, french fries, and coleslaw on white bread. The unique creation combines the french-fries-on-the-sandwich Primanti Brothers' signature with a burger to create a mouth-watering Pittsburgh tradition. The famous Pittsburgh franchise is located at PNC Park, so enjoy the tradition will watching your next Pirates game!
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