Buy Me Some Lobster and Gyochujang Sauce: What’s new in MLB Concessions 2019
In recent years, baseball’s opening day has meant more than just the return of the familiar crack of bat on ball or chatter around the infield. It has also meant the introduction of new concession items as teams try to come up with the new “must-have” signature food for hungry baseball fans. 2019 will be no different, as a staggering number of new menu items are being introduced around the major leagues. From gargantuan portions to healthy options and tweaks to traditional ballpark fare, these new items run the gamut.
Let’s take a minute to introduce what you may be enjoying at the ballpark this summer. With the plethora of new options around the Major Leagues, we’ve tried to keep it to one item per park, although you’ll be sure to find many more choices when you visit your favorite ballpark. To see a more detailed review of each ballpark, just click on the stadium or team name.
SI Cover Dog: The Diamondbacks continue to push the envelope (even when they shouldn’t). This year, among the several oversized options is this monster, containing an 18-inch bratwurst (pictured on the left below) with jalapeno-apple coleslaw, fried mac and cheese, barbeque aioli, house-cured beer pickles and green onion. Any of these overstuffed sausages will cost you $30.
Southern Smothered Steak Sandwich: The Braves went local and traditional with a barbeque-inspired sandwich. It contains stadium smoked brisket, smothered with peppers, onions, and cheddar cheese sauce served on a toasted hoagie. I would be worried the back half of the sandwich would end up on my lap.
Crab Chipper– For something distinctly Baltimore, head to The Chipper for some nacho-style kettle chips topped with lump crabmeat, white cheddar cheese sauce, chopped scallions and Old Bay seasoning. Like bacon, Old Bay makes everything better.
LBLT: The Red Sox keep trying to find new ways to get lobster into fans’ stomachs. This twist on the BLT contains fresh lobster meat, crispy bacon, leaf lettuce and sliced tomato. I’m guessing this sandwich will cost upwards of $20.
Chick-Ago Sandwich: Back this season by popular demand is Wrigley Field’s take on the traditional Chicago Dog. Pickle brined breaded chicken thighs, tempura sport peppers, vine ripe tomatoes, dill aioli, onion roll, and celery salt. Amusing that they used the word “traditional” in their description.
Polish Platter-A 1/2 pound Vienna Beef Polish Kielbasa sausage and the choice of a loaded baked potato or three onion pierogis, piled on top of sauerkraut, caramelized onions and served with a homemade mustard sauce. Please don’t order this if you are sitting in my section.
Bulgogi Beef Egg Rolls: These egg rolls are stuffed with carrots, onions and rice with Gyochujang Sauce on the side. Nothing screams baseball like Gyochujang sauce.
The Fat Rooster: A spicy fried chicken breast, marinated in Franks Hot Sauce and buttermilk, then dredged in a seasoned flour blend including habanero powder, granulated garlic, Cajun seasoning, white pepper, and Lawry Seasoning, served on a brioche bun with a vinegar-based coleslaw, house made pickle, and honey mayo. Upping the heat content is a genius way to sell more beer.
Shishito peppers and queso: Crispy shishito peppers, Thai chili vinaigrette, green chili & chorizo queso. The chips to cheese ratio of this container appears a bit off.
Al Pastor Dog: A natural casing hot dog topped with smoked pulled pork, pineapple relish, sriracha aioli, and cotija cheese. I dare you to eat this dog with your bare hands.
Prime rib steak sandwich: Sliced Nolan Ryan Beef prime rib, caramelized onions and horseradish cream, on a split top bun. This sandwich looks great! I’m curious as to what Nolan Ryan Beef is. Something about 100 mph and food together scares me.
Artisan chicken sandwich: Grilled or fried chicken, roasted garlic aioli, candied bacon, pepper jack cheese, heirloom tomato, lettuce, avocado and fried egg, on a split top glazed roll. Because you can’t eat barbeque every night…
Sorry, Angels fans. I couldn’t find any mention of new concessions anywhere at Angels Stadium.
Going Yard: A 16.5-inch jalapeno cheddar sausage topped with grilled onions, roasted corn, and avocado relish, drizzled with sour cream. The Dodgers introduced several new items this year, many featuring corn. I had a roasted ear of corn at a game in Lehigh Valley last year. I’m a believer.
The Marlins announced a partnership with several local restaurants, who will sell their wares on the Promenade Level of the ballpark. Miami’s Best Pizza, PINCHO, Novecento, SuViche, Butterfly Tacos y Tortas and La Pepa are sure to enhance the culinary experience at a Marlins game.
Wisconsin Ultimate Cheese Fry: A mix of twister fries and fried Sargento cheese curds topped with Sargento cheese sauce and bacon. All fried and all cheese, this dish screams Wisconsin.
Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich: Jelly glazed bacon and creamy peanut butter on sourdough bread, toasted. A PB&J with bacon. Why has no one brought this to my attention before?
Bases loaded foot long dog: Nathan’s foot long hot dog, cheddar fondue, Applewood smoked bacon and green onions, on a potato roll. Nothing fancy here, but a solid addition. I would love to see how many of these Joey Chestnut could polish off…
MQRib Sandwich: Slow-smoked baby-back rib meat slathered in MQ’s black cherry BBQ sauce, garnished with dill pickles and white onions, served on a soft white roll. While personally I’m not a fan of the famous McDonald’s version of the rib sandwich, I can see these flying out of the park.
TLC signature chicken sandwich: Country-style fried chicken cutlet, thick cut Applewood smoked bacon, Vermont cheddar, Roma tomatoes, leaf lettuce, house pickle, herb remoulade, on a sesame seed potato bun. A solid, simple choice. Fancy food just wouldn’t fit in here in Oakland.
Donut burger: Fresh beef burger, cheese, bacon and spicy cherry pepper jam on a glazed donut. I’ve tried a donut burger before. I’m not a fan, but some people swear by them. Decide for yourself.
Pittsburgh Cone: Kielbasa, pierogi, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing in a waffle cone. What is it about people in Pittsburgh wanting to hold all their meal’s ingredients at the same time?
Swingin’ Friar Ale: The Padres didn’t announce any new food items for 2019, but all will be forgiven once fans get a taste of this brew, developed in conjunction with local favorite Ballast Point. The beer celebrates the Padres’ 50th anniversary, and is described as easy drinking with a crisp finish.
Ice Cream Sandwiches-local ice cream shop CREAM (Cookies Rule Everything Around Me) will be operating four carts around the newly christened Oracle Park, featuring customizable ice cream and brownie sandwiches and scoops of their assorted ice cream flavors with a wide selection of toppings. Yes, please!
Ku Ku Fries-Named for new pitching phenom Yusei Kikuchi, these fries are topped with togarashie Japanese seasoning, red tobiko (flying fish roe), chili sauce, horseradish crema and chives. Seems appropriate for the Pacific Northwest.
The Mega Slice: The Cardinals didn’t go fancy, they just went big. Real big. Here’s a 16-inch slice of pizza, available in either cheese or pepperoni.
The big news is Tropicana Field is going cashless this year. The restaurants in the ballpark will now be opening four hours before game time to attract early birds wishing to avoid the rush. For something unique, check out the edamame sushi bowls from Pacific Counter.
The Fowl Pole– I’ve got to be honest here. This wasn’t my favorite new item from the Rangers, but it will get the most attention. They are serving a two-pound chicken tender hand battered and fried to crispy perfection. Served on a bed of crisp waffle fries with Ranch and Honey Mustard dipping sauce. Really? A two-pound chicken tender? Someone alert Adam Richman!
32-Ingredient Salad:The Blue Jays are going all in with this vegan-friendly salad containing 32 plant-based ingredients, including brussels sprouts, kale, green cabbage, romaine lettuce, carrots, butternut squash, quinoa, pomegranate seeds and apple cider vinegar. It’s always good to have options.
House smoked BBQ-The polar opposite of the Blue Jays’ new item, The Old Hickory BBQ Stand is serving up all sorts of BBQ items, including Bone-In Smoked Beef Short Rib. It’s baseball’s new equivalent to the giant turkey leg at Renaissance Faires.
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