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Baseball game food options used to be limited to peanuts and crackerjacks, hot dogs & (generic) beer. Today, visitors to Nationals Park or Camden Yards can find salads, crab cakes, "half-smokes," and micro-brews. Major league teams are trying to create unique fan experiences by offering fare with local character. We explore the evolution of the stadium experience.
Margaret Engel and Bruce Adams, authors of Fodor's "Baseball Vacations," offer their picks for best baseball stadium food across the country.
Byerly's wild rice and chicken soup at Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
Beef on 'weck at North AmeriCare Park, Buffalo, NY
Walleye sandwich at Midway Stadium, St. Paul, MN
Pork roll at Mercer County Waterfront Park, Trenton, NJ.
Al Lopez Cuban sandwich at Legends Field, Tampa, FL.
Pork sandwich at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Cedar Rapids, IA
Broiled pork chops at Sec Taylor Stadium, Des Moines, IA
Roasted corn at Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium, San Antonio, TX and All Sports Stadium, Oklahoma City, OK
Abalone steak at Municipal Stadium, San Jose, CA
Fish tacos at Petco Park, San Diego, CA
Kool Jerk Calypso Chicken at Midway Stadium, St. Paul, MN
Barbecued turkey legs at Municipal Stadium, San Jose, CA
Boog's Place in Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
Amana brats with Rock Island's Boetje mustard at John O'Donnell Stadium, Davenport, IA
Loganberry juice at College Stadium, Jamestown, NY
Made-to-order espresso at Everett Memorial Stadium, Everett, WA
Fresh orangeade at Sec Taylor Stadium, Des Moines, IA
Family-sized banana splits with Ehrler's ice cream at Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY.
California's It's-It bars at Everett Memorial Stadium, Everett, WA
Freshly popped white corn, packed in brown bags at Damaschke Field, Oneonta, NY
Uncle Teddy's hand-twisted cinnamon pretzels, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
Sushi and Cobb salad at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CA
Yoshinoya chicken bowl at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Fruit and veggie trays at the Epicenter, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Grayson-flavored waters at Historic Engel Stadium, Chattanooga, TN
Chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick at Joe Martin Stadium, Bellingham, WA
Jala bumpers (deep fried jalapeno peppers with cheese) at Sky Sox Stadium, Colorado Springs, CO
Best Food To Eat Alone
40-clove garlic chicken sandwich at AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
Cuban pork sandwich, Miami Marlins Park
Gold-N-Good Sugar and Spice Mini-Donuts sold hot in bags outside Midway Stadium, St. Paul, MN
Weirdest Items Sold At Food Stand
Disappearing ink, wacky glasses and headache powder at the ice cream stand at Ray Winder Field, Little Rock, AR
Vendors delivering hot funnel cakes at Tim McCarver Stadium, Memphis, TN
Caramelized almonds at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NC