Cracker Jack, peanuts and popcorn are no longer the only ballpark fare. As Major League Baseball (MLB) season gets underway, expect to see everything from ultra-gourmet hot dogs to sushi and chardonnay at your favourite stadiums.
Take in a Toronto Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre and discover a smorgasbord of culinary treats. The Muddy York Market features an open kitchen where stadium meats are smoked daily and Wedge and Wing poutine will keep you coming back for more.
At Citi Field in New York City, watch the game while noshing on Pat LaFrieda’s Original Filet Mignon Steak Sandwich, “Meat the Mets” pizza or home-run wings.
At AT&T Park in San Francisco, you can enjoy a fine Napa chardonnay with freshly crafted sushi. But hardcore Giants fans follow their noses to the more than 15 locations in the park that sell fresh-cut fries heaped with buttery garlic and parsley. If the fries and sushi don’t fill you, grab a Crazy Crab’z Sandwich made with San Francisco sourdough bread before the last out in the ninth.
Of course, if all you want is a hot dog, don’t fear. Classic and gourmet frankfurters are still among the most popular choices for hungry fans—an estimated 20.5 million dogs are sold each season at MLB stadiums, with 2 million of those alone enjoyed at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. To a diehard Dodgers fan, a dollop of sautéed onions on a 10-inch dog draped over a bun is a darn good Dodger Dog. Pair it with a cold brew and you’ve got yourself a meal.
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