There was a time that all you could get at a ball game was peanuts and Cracker Jacks. But our pallets have reached a point where we want to try something new at the games. So when you’re out on vacation and want to see a game, take a stab at some of these unique culinary treats.
1. Horse Collar at Lambeau Field – Green Bay, Wisconsin
Two hours north of Milwaukee is where you’ll find Green Bay, Wisconsin, the home of the Green Bay Packers. And while football is the main event at Lambeau Field, the club is stepping up its food game. The latest splash is a 22-inch kielbasa in roll made at the stadium, covered in beer cheese and fried sauerkraut. This bastion of cholesterol sorcery is called the Horse Collar and is $20.
2. Boomstick at Globe Life Park – Arlington, Texas
Catching a Texas Rangers game while visiting Dallas is a great way to spend some time. And the team knows how to catch the world’s attention with insane food creations. The Boomstick is one of their more popular options. Go to Section 127 in the ballpark to find this grilled two-foot long, one pound hot dog with chili, cheese, grilled onions and jalapenos. It’s $26 for this Texas-sized concoction and can easily feed two people. Not sure if they’ve tried to start selling these at S-Mart yet, but one can only hope.
3. Sawyer’s Street Frites at First Energy Stadium – Cleveland, Ohio
Poutine may be a Canadian comfort food staple, but it won’t stop us from bringing to the masses in the States with Gravy Frites. The spot you can only find during Cleveland Browns games takes pomme frites and top them with mozzarella cheese curd and brown gravy. The result is heaven in your mouth. They also have a Carbonara Frites that combine the frites with black pepper, pecorino cheese and pancetta pepato. Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll be able to drown your sorrows about the Browns with some awesome grub.
4. Supreme Helmet Nachos at Marlins Park – Miami, Florida
Brand-new stadiums tend to bring out some big ideas for food the fans will go crazy over. Enter the Supreme Helmet Nachos at Marlins Park. It’s exactly what it sounds like, just a lot bigger than you would’ve imagined. The amount of chips, salsa, jalapenos, chili, cheese, and green sauce on this thing would be enough for a football party. And that power can sit comfortably on your lap. What a country!
5. Pulled Pork Parfait at Miller Park – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
You knew the Brewers weren’t going to sit by and let the Packers have all the fun with wild foods in Wisconsin. This delicious savory dish consists of mashed potatoes alternating with layers of mouthwatering pulled pork. And top it all off is some gravy and chives. We’ll readily admit it could catch someone off guard since it looks like the more common ice cream version, but how can a foodstuff with its own Twitter feed be bad?
6. Rocky Mountain Oysters at Coors Field – Denver, Colorado
The Colorado Rockies have embraced a snack that’s unique to the state. Rocky Mountain Oysters are bull testicles that have been deep-fried and served on a bed of french fries with some dipping sauce. You can consider yourself pretty ballsy for trying this snack. What, no rim shot?
7. Strasburger at Nationals Park – Washington, D.C.
Whether it’s Tommy John surgery or Flutie Flakes, it’s just cool to have something named after you. Washington Nationals star pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been bestowed such an honor with the Strasburger. It’s an eight-pound burger with “secret sauce,” American cheese, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickle chips, and a cone of fries. And all of this can be yours for $59. Who would’ve guessed that a place normally known for pork would have such a meaty monolith?
8. Capicola & Cheese Sandwich at Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
A trip to Pittsburgh just isn’t complete without a stop at Primanti Bros. And if you’re heading Heinz Field, you’ll want to grab this sandwich. A couple slices of fresh Italian bread with savory capicola, french fries, provolone cheese, tomatoes and coleslaw meld together for one of the greatest sandwiches you’ll ever eat in your life. And that’s before you watch the Steelers do battle on the field.
9. Beastmode Cupcakes at CenturyLink Field – Seattle, Washington
Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks has a bit of a sweet tooth. His candy of choice? Skittles. And you can sample those little wonders of cavity-creating glory with a decadent cupcake in the team colors with orange buttercream and Skittles for the cherry – or candy – on top.
10. Toasted Ravioli at Edward Jones Dome & Busch Stadium – St. Louis, Missouri
Ravioli used to be the domain of home cooking and Italian restaurants. But the NFL’s Rams and MLB’s Cardinals have taken to deep-frying the stuffed pasta, serving it with side of marinara sauce to dip to your heart’s content. And we’re a better nation for it.