Throughout the baseball season, we have been taking a look at the unique concessions throughout Major League Baseball. So far we have looked at:
- National League East
- National League Central
- National League West
- American League East
- American League Central
Today we’ll conclude our tour with a look at the American League West. First up is Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California.
Southern California is known for having some of the best Mexican food in the country and Angels Stadium will not let you down. A branch of area favorite Chronic Tacos serves up tacos and burritos just like the ones found in its restaurants.
At Corona Beach, nachos and tacos are on the menu along with Corona beer and margaritas.
There is also something for those that are health conscious or have food allergies. Stop by Melissa’s Fresh For You for wraps, salads and fruit cups. Yes, there are fruit cups available at a baseball game.
The Houston Astros made the switch this year from the National League to the American League. While it’s been a rough season for the team on the field, fans have some amazing food choices at Minute Maid Park.
Local area chef Bryan Caswell has teamed up with the Astros to bring fans interesting food choices. This season he introduced The “Caz Grandslam”. It’s a half pound burger served with refried beans, corn chips, onions, avocado, peppers, cheese and bacon on a toasted bun.
Another Caswell creation is the “Freddy Fender”. It’s a chorizo wrapped in a crispy corn tortilla with a topping of onions, cojita cheese, cilantro, sour cream and pico de gallo.
Princes Hamburgers is a Houston area institution and has a branch at Minute Maid Park. Here customers have the chance to create their own burger with a choice of toppings. Corn dogs, chicken sandwiches and milk shakes are also on the menu.
Across the San Francisco Bay is the O.co Coliseum. This uniquely named stadium is the home of the Oakland A’s. It is one of the older ball parks and is the last multi-purpose stadiums to hold both Major League Baseball and NFL games.
One of the Coliseum’s favorite stands is Kinder’s BBQ. Kinder’s is an area favorite known for catering and steak sandwiches covered in BBQ sauce.
BBQ appears to be popular in Oakland as another must have concession stand is Ribs and Things. Here fans can choose between pork and beef ribs and a full assortment of side dishes.
Staying in the meat category, Saag’s attracts long lines of fans looking for something a bit more filling than your average ball park hot dog. Saag’s is another Bay area business with roots in the community dating back to the 1930’s.
Local chef and restaurateur Ethan Stowell has an outpost at Safeco Field called Hamburg + Frites. The stand serves grass-fed beef burgers and fries accompanied by a garlic dipping sauce.
Edgar’s Cantina and Home Run Porch is a new addition this season. The area is named for former Mariner’s player and Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez. Stowell is also involved in this menu which features tacos and other “Northwest Mex” offerings.
Our last stop is Arlington, Texas and the home of the Texas Rangers.
Drinkers have a few unique options here. There is a a stand that serves only beer brewed in Texas as well as another location with a variety of imported beers from around the world. Those that prefer a frozen cocktail are in luck as different flavored frozen margaritas can be found inside the ball park.
Perhaps the most distinctive item in the entire stadium is the Beltre Buster. This colossal burger is named after Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. Priced at $26, the Beltre Buster is a 16 ounce beef patty and a half pound of bacon topped with grilled onions, cheese and mayo served on a pretzel bun. The estimated calorie count for this one is 2800. Please proceed with caution.
That concludes our tour around the 30 stadiums in baseball and a look at the nontraditional food and drink choices each offers. We’ll be back next season to see what new items are added to the menu in 2014.