Our ballpark tour of the unique food and drink offerings throughout baseball continues. So far we’ve explored the stadiums in the National League East, Central and West and the American League East. Today we’ll look at what’s being served at the homes of the clubs in the American League Central.
When a stadium has a Ferris wheel and a carousel, chances are that it will also have some special dining options.
For starters, fans attending a Tigers game can relax with a frozen daiquiri available at a stand in the Big Cat Food Court. The food court also includes your traditional ballpark choices as well as a branch of Little Caesars pizza.
The Asian Tiger serves up stir fried chicken, beef or vegetables with your choice of teriyaki, sweet and sour or orange flavored sauce. Side dishes include egg rolls, Mandarin salad and fried rice.
Comerica Park takes beer seriously. The Beer Hall has an extensive list of both craft and international beers and also serves up typical bar food. The hall is filled with large wooden picnic tables and can hold up to 350 people.
Next up is Progressive Field in Cleveland.
The Food Network cart is one of the most popular stands in the entire ballpark. Some of the standout choices include Buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese, the red, white and blue steak sandwich and bacon-wrapped knockwurst served on a pretzel roll.
As one would expect at any baseball stadium, hot dogs and sausages are served off the grill. What makes them different here in Cleveland are some of the unique toppings. Fans can choose from sauerkraut, smoky baked beans, Fritos, fried onions, smoky-sweet jalapeno relish, bacon chunks, grilled onion and peppers, cole slaw or pulled pork.
The Spirits of Ohio stand near home plate offers beers from local Ohio breweries as well as a selection of wines.
Target Field in Minneapolis features a number of local delicacies. Some of these include Fulton and Surly beer, Murray’s steak sandwiches, Kramarczuk’s brats and sausages, Mac's Fish and Chips and selections from the popular area food truck AZ Canteen.
For sit down dining, try the Town Ball Tavern which dishes out basic pub food and drink
If you just want drinks, be sure to visit the Twins Pub which has a large selection of beers, wines and cocktails
Here's something you don't usually see at a baseball stadium. Wow Bao is a Chicago area chain that features steamed hot buns filled with your choice of chicken, pork, beef or vegetables. They are sold individually or by the half dozen.
If you have a strong stomach, then check out the Comiskey Burger. It's a double or triple cheeseburger topped with peppers, green relish, diced tomatoes and onions and celery salt.
Garlic bread is on the menu at Rip and Dip. Here four cheese garlic bread comes with a side dipping sauce of either marinara or ranch.
Two unique offerings can be found at the Hot Corner Grill. The first is the pork mac n’ jack sausage. It’s a sausage topped with pulled pork, cheesy spiral macaroni, bacon crumbles and scallions served on a bun. The other is the Cheesy Corn Brisket-Acho which is sliced brisket, cheesy corn, baked beans, coleslaw and a whole lot of BBQ sauce.
The Farmland Grill uses the tagline “Passion for Pork.” Here pork wings are served over a pile of French fries and are topped with sweet and tangy BBQ sauce.
Local chain Sheridan’s Frozen Custard is known for its signature treat, Sheridan’s Royal Turtle Sundae. It is vanilla custard topped with hot fudge, caramel and roasted peanuts. Customers can also create their own sundaes.
That completes our tour of the American League Central. We’ll finish our tour of Major League Baseball’s stadium food offerings next time with a look at the American League West.