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Back to ballparks for more concessions creations
April 11, 2014 01:21 PM
DELAWARE NORTH SPORTSERVICE
Target Field (Twins)
The ballpark, entering its fifth season of operation, is known as a foodie hotspot strong on local brands. Andrew Zimmern of “Bizarre Foods” television fame jumped on the bandwagon last year by serving a goat-and-lamb butter burger.
|Sportservice's Porketta Sluggers at Target Field
Valentini’s Supper Club is an 80-year restaurant based in Chisholm, Minn., about 200 miles north of the Twin Cities. It has had a presence at Target Field since 2012, when it introduced a cheese-stuffed meatball at the park. This year, Valentini’s is downsizing the dish to mini-meatballs to make it easier for fans to eat, Sportservice officials said.
Elsewhere at Target Field, Hrbek’s, a stadium bar named after former Twins slugger Kent Hrbek, offers a Bloody Mary “garnished” with a cheeseburger for $18. It’s officially known as the Bigger, Better Burger Bloody Mary.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
The new Chesapeake Crab Roll ($16) is Sportservice’s spin on the New England crab roll. Baltimore’s version is chilled crab salad served on a bed of lettuce in a French bread roll.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Legends, co-owned by the New York Yankees, takes over all aspects of foodservice this season for the Los Angeles Angels.
Legends developed its own line of barbecue called Smoke Ring BBQ. The vendor moved a large smoker that had been operating in right field to Gate 1 at field level, one of the stadium’s busiest entrances. The new stand sells smoked kielbasa ($9.75), smoked BBQ brisket and half-chicken (both $12) and St. Louis-style pork ribs ($16).
At The Big Cheese, Legends offers comfort foods such as grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. The selections are traditional grilled cheese ($7.50) and speciality grilled cheese with arugula and thick cut bacon ($10) and short rib ($12). The soup is $5.
At the Nacho Nachos stand, the Nacho Daddy, a souvenir batting helmet fully loaded to feed several fans, costs $16.50. The Nacho Baby ($6) and Nacho Mama ($9.25) are available for smaller appetites.
OVATIONS FOOD SERVICES
O.co Coliseum (Oakland Athletics)
This year, Ovations signed its first MLB account, revamping the menus and developing new concession concepts at the home of the A's.
The White Elephant Bar & Grille, a name tied to the team’s unofficial mascot, features fish tacos ($15), Dungeness crab cakes ($16) and wild mushroom mac and cheese ($11).
The Burrito District has hand-rolled burritos ($10), street tacos (three for $8) and loaded nachos ($8).
In addition, the Gastropub sells brick-oven pizzas for $13 to $16 and large craft beers for $11, poured in a 22-ounce souvenir cup.