I am in a “summery” kind of mood today. I spoke about fishing earlier, now let’s talk ballpark food. I know that at least TGR’s Chef Jon will agree with me that when it comes to sports and the viewing of sports, the food you ingest is just as important as the game. I enjoy the food served at our nation’s concession stands as much, or more, than any five star restaurant’s menu.
The good people at Man Tested Recipes have alerted the world that Great American Ballpark and the Cincinnati Reds are not only exciting this year because of Jay Bruce’s thighs, but for a new item in their concession areas. The men at MTR have ranked Cincy’s new ‘Meat Lover’s Hot Dog’ The Best New Food at the Ballpark for 2011. They describe it like this, “Start with a quarter-pound hot dog. Wrap it in bacon. Deep-fry it. Then top it with chili, pepper jack cheese and fried salami. And it’s only $6.50! Are you serious? This is one ballpark that lives up to its name.” Well done GAP!
Here is the rest of MTR’s The Best New Food at the Ballpark for 2011 Top 10 list…
2. Frito Pie Dog — Wrigley Field (Chicago)
Bleacher Bums, arrive hungry. You’ll get a shot at this hot dog topped with a pile of all-beef chili, cheddar cheese and Fritos. So, basically, a Frito Pie with a hot dog in it. Sold!
3. Royal Pork T — Royals Stadium (Kansas City)
Get this baby now; it may not be around by summer. Fans will vote on whether the Royal Pork T–crispy pork tenderloin, caramelized onions, fried pickle chips and Kansas City BBQ sauce served on a hamburger bun–will displace the reigning sandwich champ, the KC Ribeye Stack.
4. The Big Boog — Orioles Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore)
A new sandwich at Boog Powell’s BBQ, beyond the rightfield fence. It’s stuffed with pit-smoked beef, turkey, and pork… In all, twice the meat of a regular sandwich.
5. Three-Pound Pretzel — Rangers Ballpark (Arlington, TX)
Feed the family for $12.50 with this ginormous pretzel that’s said to serve four. Of course you know some guy is going to try to eat the whole thing all on his own.
6. Mac Madness — U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago)
White Sox fans can grab of mac & cheese and top it with an array of awesome toppings at U.S. Cellular’s new Mac Madness Station–including buffalo chicken, Cheetos and Doritos, bacon, and crushed potato chips.
7. Giant Juicy Turkey Sandwich — Target Field (Minneapolis)
This classic of the Minnesota State Fair makes its way inside Target Field. A slow-roasted pulled turkey sandwich served on an extra-soft roll with Minneapolis’ own Ken Davis BBQ Sauce.
8. Doyer Dog — Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
Think of it as a Tex-Mex dog. You get an all-beef hot dog served with nacho cheese. Then you can top it–if you dare–with chili, chopped tomatoes, onions and jalapenos. Evidently it weighs twice as much as the classic Dodger dog. The name comes from the way Spanish speakers pronounce “Dodger.”
9. Red White & Blue steak sandwich — Many stadiums
Food Network is opening concession stands in eight ballparks this summer. Each will serve this sandwich with sliced steak, Maytag blue cheese and Peppadew-pepper mayo on a baguette. It’s be found at Progressive Field (Cleveland), Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati), Comerica Park (Detroit), Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Busch Stadium (St. Louis), Miller Park (Milwaukee), Petco Park (San Diego) and Oriole Park (Baltimore).
I am in the mood for a Doyer Dog. I don’t have any clue if it is good, but the explanation of why they call it that is classic!