The Best Stadium Food Across The Country

Posted Apr 6th 2011 12:30 PMUpdated Apr 7th 2011 02:37 PM


All across the country, sports fans pour into stadiums every day to cheer for their favorite teams. Jumping up and down and coming up with clever smears against the opposing team can make even the burliest sports fanatic hungry. It used to be the case that America's stadiums could offer little more than generic ballpark staples like hot dogs and beer. But with the current influence of fine dining on classic American dishes, stadiums across the country are benefiting from a new era of gourmet-sports food.--Nicole Campoy-Leffler

From classic Philly cheesesteaks to sushi and fried fish sandwiches, going to a ballgame no longer means having to choose between starving in the 7th inning and munching on mystery meat. Here are The Daily Meal's picks for the most mouthwatering stadium meals, followed by picks for junkiest.

No list of best stadium foods would be complete without the famed Gilroy garlic fries or Ghiradelli's hot fudge sundaes at San Francisco's AT&T Park – both local treasures in themselves.

New York's new Citi Field went a similar route, offering burgers and hot dogs from Shake Shack in New York City. The "Shack-cago" dog is one of their most popular offerings with Rick's Picks Shake Shack relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, pepper, and celery salt.

At Seattle's Safeco Field, there is fresh sushi available as well as the much-lauded "Ivar" dog, which is a fried fish sandwich with signature slaw.

Baltimore's Oriole Park is home to retired first baseman Boog Powell's popular BBQ stand. Situated just outside the park's entrance, Powell serves up Boog's Barbecue to hungry Oriole's fans who love the hickory-smoked beef with beans and slaw.

Another local legend serving at the stadium is Tony Luke at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park. Locals and visitors to Philly line up for Tony Luke's cheesesteaks in town, but now they're also served up special for Phillies' fans.

Last, but certainly not least in this short-list, is the peach cobbler at the Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons. Clearly plenty of stadiums have savory foods down, but few serve up well-done desserts like warm peach cobbler (a local favorite).

On the other side of the coin, we've listed the worst stadium foods in the U.S. By "worst," we don't mean those stadiums who have been hit with food safety violations. (We are too scared to look, really.) These "worsts" are foods that might make your heart beat a little slower or make you feel like you've taken on a Man vs. Food-style challenge.

To see the worst of the worst – from a Krispy Kreme burger to a half-pound hot dog – visit The Daily Meal.

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ballparks have become malls with a ballgame going on the new yankee stadium, has lost its baseball soul, fans not into the game at all,for me,no thanks, the game seems secondary all i ever needed was peanuts and crackerjacks been 4 times,never sold our field boxes ,very empty 50% empty, ill take the old stadium experience,truly miss the baseball pulse of the old place.

April 21 2011 at 8:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You don't eat sushi at a ballgame, Period!!!

April 11 2011 at 6:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Pete Rose will be in the HOF some day. It's only a matter of time. Rose set records that should be in the HOF. Most hits, most singles, most AB, most plate appearances. 2nd most doubles. What he accomplished on the field can never be taken away. And he did it without steroids.

April 11 2011 at 1:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

well, you have many pro's that have been reinstated one for spitting on an Umpire, one pro had dog fights,,(did you see some of the dogs) reinstated one pro just retired rather than get suspension and a lot of others got a slap on the hand for their drug use,,, all of them returned to their sport,,,,but gambling, nooooooo!!

how many americans galble each day on Lottery,or at casinos all over the country????????

Mr Baseball Commisioner,,its time to forgive Pete Rose,, quit discriminating against him~!~!~!~!~!~!

April 10 2011 at 11:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I guess the writer didnt have the stomach to take in a Pirate game at PNC park. Manny Sanguillens (sp) BBQ shack is awesome, as well as many other food outlets there. Go in August and the food line is longer than the ticket line!

April 10 2011 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love how AOL only posts half the article, then uses the other half as a way for The Daily Meal to get more visitors to their site.

April 10 2011 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i miss the hot dogs at the old tiger stadium.

April 10 2011 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

nothing is better then the philly cheese steaks at phillys ball park

April 10 2011 at 9:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to BigDaddyDawg30's comment

How about the BBQ in the corner

April 11 2011 at 2:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

dodgerdogs are the very best !!

April 10 2011 at 8:56 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to christine's comment

Are those the thugs that have put an opposing fan in a coma? LA is dogville USA

April 11 2011 at 6:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i guess you have never been to us cellular park in chicago it is the best of the best for food

April 10 2011 at 8:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply