The 2018 baseball season has begun, which means it’s time for a roundup of the weirdest and most delicious sounding new concessions available at America’s major league stadiums.
SunTrust Park is where the Atlanta Braves play, and it’s also the only place where spectators can buy a Spec-Tater. It’s a big baked potato stabbed with a sausage…which itself has been stuffed with cheddar and jalapeños. Then the whole thing is wrapped with bacon, and then topped with cheese sauce, sour cream, green onions, and some more jalapeños.
Citi Field is home to the New York Mets and something called Strawberry Fields. It starts with a humongous Belgian waffle about the size and shape of a catcher’s mitt, which is topped with a heaping scoop of strawberry cheesecake ice cream, sprinkles, whipped cream, Pocky (Japanese cookie sticks), and a handful or so of French Toast Crunch cereal. (Waffle? Cereal? This is basically breakfast, so that means it’s healthy.)
Dilly dilly! Globe Life Park in Arlington is doing remarkable things with hot dogs for Texas Rangers fans. The Dilly Dog begins with a jumbo dill pickle that’s been cored, leaving behind just a dill pickle skin. Into that is stuffed a hot dog…and then the sausage-stuffed pickle is battered, fried, and served on a stick like a corn dog.
Triple B. Fried Bologna Sandwiches
Also on the menu at Globe Life Park: The Triple B. Fried bologna sandwiches are on the menu at more than one ballpark this year, but this one is the biggest. From bottom to top, it consists of a bun, bologna, bacon, more bologna, more bacon, barbecue sauce, and the top bun. (That means it’s technically a Septuple B.)
Of course you can get a traditional Chicago Dog at Wrigley Field, or you can watch the Cubs play while eating a Chick-Ago Sandwich. Instead of a sausage, it’s got boneless breaded pickle-brined chicken thighs…but then it’s topped with the usual Chicago Dog toppings, such as sport peppers (although these have been dried), tomatoes, and celery salt.
Not every baseball concession item has to be an artery-clogging or blood sugar-sabotaging gut-bomb. Comerica Field in Detroit is making a point to offer vegetable-based options to attract vegetarians and meat-avoiders to Tigers games. One of those new items is Buffalo Cauliflower. It’s most of a head of cauliflower tossed in the same spicy buffalo sauce usually used to coat chicken wings. Also, like wings, it’s served with blue cheese dressing and celery sticks (which is just more vegetables).