My favorite part of a baseball game? The baseball stadium food. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack – and hot dogs, and pretzels, and nachos and ice cream – and I’m a happy girl.
I love watching the game live and cheering for my team from the stands (Let’s go, Yankees!), but the food completes the experience. There’s just something about eating at the ballpark that makes dirty water hot dogs taste better and $10 beers seem worth it.
Some of the best baseball stadium food can be found in the Northeast. Stadium food has evolved and, these days, the menu extends far beyond franks and peanuts (not to discount the classics). Each food is a reflection of the city from which it hails, injecting home team spirit into every bite.
Prepare to get hungry. Here are our must-try foods at each stadium. After you’ve read through the list, search for discounted game tickets and try them for yourself.
Ever since opening in 2009, Citi Field in Queens, N.Y., has been known as a top baseball stadium food destination. You’ll want to try everything in one game (but don’t).
ShackBurger and “Strike Cone” concrete. It’s hard to resist the beckoning of a nearby Shake Shack. Danny Meyer’s legendary burger joint has been a Citi Field staple from the beginning and remains a fan favorite – with the line to prove it. Head to the field level outfield concourse (also the home of Meyer’s El Verano Taqueria – another great choice) for a burger and the special Citi Field “Strike Cone” concrete made with vanilla frozen custard, chocolate truffle cookie dough, sugar cone pieces and chocolate sprinkles.
When you’re going on a trip, sometimes the best thing to do is to follow your stomach. In recent years, food tourism has become more and more popular.
Pat LaFrieda filet mignon steak sandwich. A major name among the stadium’s food vendors, Pat LaFrieda created the filet mignon steak sandwich exclusively for Citi Field. The $20 sandwich (worth it) is stacked with Black Angus filet mignon, melted Monterey Jack cheese and caramelized onions on a toasted French baguette. Found at stands in sections 139 and 414 and at Pat LaFrieda’s Chop House in the Delta Sky 360 Club (open to certain ticket holders).
Fuku fried chicken sandwiches. Grab one of Chef David Chang’s in-demand spicy chicken sandwiches at the Fuku stand on the first level concourse, adjacent to Section 102.
From high-end to low-end, Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y., has food for every taste and budget.
Meatball parm sandwich. The Italian food at Parm is largely hailed as some of the best baseball stadium food. The meatball parm sandwich, topped with melted fresh mozzarella, marinara and fresh basil, is part of an abbreviated menu of favorites from the popular New York City restaurant and sandwich shop. Located in right field on the lower level.
Chicken and waffles. These chicken and waffles are as fun to look at as they are to eat. Served as sliders, the waffles – which come stamped with the Yankees insignia – are made to order and served warm with maple syrup on the side. You’ll find the stand in the Great Hall.
Long bone rib-eye steak. For a high-end sit-down experience, leave your seats a few innings early and watch the rest of the game on the TVs at the New York Yankees Steakhouse. Among the most indulgent options on the menu of dry-aged steaks and seafood, the tender 27-ounce long bone rib-eye steak arrives Instagram-ready with your name carved into the bone.
As the oldest ballpark in the country, Boston’s Fenway Park keeps the food classic. Inside the Green Monster or in its shadow on Yawkey Way (the street the stadium is located on is closed off for ticket holders on game days), the emphasis is on Fenway Franks and sausage sandwiches, but that’s definitely not all there is to eat.
Cuban sandwich at El Tiante. As the fans love to sing during their home game rendition of “Sweet Caroline,” the Cuban at El Tiante is “So good, so good, so good!” Former Red Sox star pitcher Louis Tiant can often be found at the Yawkey Way vendor signing autographs.
Clam chowder. New England clam chowder – white, thick and creamy – can be found at vendors throughout the stadium, in the Big Concourse concession area and from hawkers in the stands.
Brunch or dinner at the EMC Club. For a different kind of baseball stadium food experience, enjoy fine dining with some of the best seats in the house. Enjoy Sunday brunch or dinner with a night game at the exclusive EMC Club located behind home plate, overlooking the field and the Boston skyline. Casual business attire and reservations are recommended.
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia is a big food town and its ballpark is no exception. The home of the Phillies has all of the city’s specialty foods and and more.
Federal Donuts. A spin on chicken and waffles, the Center City-based eatery serves several versions of fried chicken with warm, freshly made doughnuts. Yes, please!
The Schmitter. A landmark local sandwich that originates from Philadelphia’s longstanding McNally’s Pub, the Schmitter is a grilled steak sandwich with grilled salami, fried onions, tomatoes and Thousand Island-like secret sauce on a kaiser roll. A diagram of the sandwich is on display at the Citizens Bank Park stand.
Honorable mentions: At the end of the day, what’s a Phillies game without a Philly cheesesteak? Neighborhood staples Tony Luke’s and Campo’s both have stands at Citizens Bank Park. Like spicy? Get The Heater cheesesteak from Campo’s, made with jalapeno cheddar and Buffalo hot sauce. For a different but equally iconic taste of Philly, opt for the roast pork and provolone sandwich at Tony Luke’s. Leave room for Chickie’s & Pete’s famous crab fries made with a special blend of crab seasoning and served with cheese sauce for dipping.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Representing the Maryland staple to the fullest, Oriole Park at Camden Yards sure is crabby.
Everything crab. A trip to an Orioles game – or Maryland in general – would not be complete without crab. In fact, crab and crab dip are both pretty hard to avoid. Try the Oriole Park crab dip dog at the ESSKAY Gourmet Hot Dogs stand, the nacho-style kettle chips topped with lump crab meat and cheddar cheese sauce at The Chipper Stand, or opt for a classic Camden Yards crabcake. Don’t leave without getting an order of Chesapeake fries – the crab dip-topped waffle fries are an absolute must.
Boog’s Barbecue. You’ll find tons of great eats on Eutaw Street, but Boog’s Barbecue is the most famous. Fans follow their noses (and the smoke cloud) to the pit and wait in line to get a beef or pulled pork sandwich and their picture taken with former Orioles’ first baseman Boog Powell.
The Walk Off. This original Charm City sandwich is composed of Old Bay Roma sausage and housemade Old Bay crab dip on a pretzel roll. Find it at Dempsey’s, an in-stadium sit-down restaurant named after Orioles’ Hall of Fame catcher Rick Dempsey (open year-round).
Honorable mentions: Get an O pretzel (shaped like an O instead of a twist) and wash it down with Baltimore’s favorite beer, National Bohemian, aka “Natty Boh.”
PNC Park is another stadium known for its food. Along with its four sit-down restaurants and craft beer stands, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates offers these tasty options.
Primanti Bros. sandwiches. Uniquely Pittsburgh, Primanti Bros. is famous for its signature sandwiches, topped with fries and slaw. It’s located on the main level in the Smorgasburgh food plaza, where you can find a number of other top-notch food choices, including Quaker Steak & Lube, which has a huge selection of wing flavors.
Pulled pork sandwiches at Manny’s BBQ. Get your ’cue fix at Manny’s, named for former Pirates’ catcher Manny Sanguillen, who is there regularly signing autographs.
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For helpful tips and recommendations on things to see, do and eat in and around all three Northeast Major League Baseball stadiums, head over to our full Northeast Baseball Guide at AAA.com/Baseball.