Summer is finally here, and baseball season is in full swing. Ready to round up your fellow fanatics for an all-star road trip? Here’s how to grub and guzzle like a local as you explore some of the most iconic Major League Baseball stadiums.
CIRCLE THE MIDWEST’S STORIED MOUNDS
Midwest baseball fans can take their pick of ten iconic stadiums stretching all the way from Kansas City to Pittsburgh. Our top three picks hit it out of the park for baseball history.
PNC Park may be relatively new, but its Pittsburgh Pirates have been running the bases since 1882. The stadium’s many homages to history are best enjoyed over a city-defining Primanti Bros. sandwich, stuffed to the gills with fresh deli meats, cheeses, French fries, and coleslaw.
Pride runs deep at Great American Ball Park, home of baseball’s pioneering Cincinnati Reds. GABP’s sweeping river views are second only to the city’s signature chili, spooned over a hotdog and piled high with cheese, onions, and mustard. Behold the majestic “Coney.”
No Midwest stadium tour is complete without a stop at Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Cubs have thrilled fans for more than a century. Experience history while washing down handfuls of the city’s famed Garrett Popcorn with a cold flight of local brews.
HUSTLE DOWN SOUTH WHERE DIAMONDS DAZZLE
If shiny and new is more your speed, the South has it in spades. The weather’s great too, so feel free to roll down the windows for this sunny adventure in smorgasbord eating.
Summer temps are no joke in Arlington, but you won’t feel the heat when the Texas Rangers take the field at Globe Life Field, where the retractable roof and AC keep things breezy. If you catch a luxurious chill, you can warm up with velvety Texas brisket on a buttered croissant.
What do you get when you mix classic ballpark vibes with ultra-modern amenities and add a twist of southern hospitality? You’ll find the answer watching the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park while savoring Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, brews from the Terrapin Beer Co., and a slew of other local classics.
Need extra fuel to power through extra innings with the Miami Marlins? Look no further than the Latin-inspired offerings at loanDepot Park. Fan favorites include Cubano Gigante, which is touted as one of the city’s best Cuban sandwiches. You'll have plenty to share as this favorite ballpark bite is 34 inches long.
FEAST WITH BASEBALL’S BEASTS OF THE EAST
These East Coast ballclubs are so dominant they would attract millions of fans each year even if their stadiums didn’t offer mouth-watering regional fare. Oh, but they do. And it’s awesome.
As you stroll Eutaw Street at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, take a moment to appreciate the brass homerun ball markers embedded in the sidewalk. But make it quick, lest you miss the soft-baked pretzels with cheesy, crab-and-Old-Bay goodness from B&O Market just up the block.
No-nonsense swagger is a Boston trademark, and that’s what you get when you belly up for a burger at Fenway Park. Don't mistake gritty for boring, because a buttered brioche bun stuffed with a perfect beef patty, caramelized onions, maple bacon, and cheddar is anything but.
It’s been said New York is a cultural feast for the senses. But it’s also a feast for the stomach, and the eats at Yankee Stadium are no exception. While the Yankees are doing what they do—winning—you’ll be at the top of your game too, with diverse, upscale street foods from The Halal Guys, Mac Truck, Sumo Dog, Mighty Quinn’s, and a cornucopia of other New York classics.