Going to a ball game these days doesn’t always mean suffering through soggy hot dogs, watered-down beer, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks. It’s a brave new culinary world in Major League Baseball, with celebrity chefs (Andrew Zimmern at Target Field, Linton Hopkins at Turner Field, Michael Solomonovfor the Phillies) launching gussied-up concessions, super-sized riffs on American classics turning the game into an excuse for extreme eating, and—little by little—quality craft brews colonizing taps (drinking a Boulevard Brewing ale during a Kansas City Royals game sounds pretty great).
And it’s not just the food that’s getting innovative. Herb and vegetable gardens are sprouting up inside the ballpark—the one at Coors Field mimics a baseball stadium, with raised beds terracing upward from The Garden’s “infield,” and the resulting haul of flowers, herbs, and vegetables being deployed in food served around the stadium. And we’re big fans of MLB’s At The Ballpark app (available for visitors to D-back, Astros, Mets, Marlins, and Phillies games), which lets you order from your seat without missing any of the action.
To get a sense of the new age of ballpark grub, check out these standout MLB dishes around the country.