14 Crazy Ballpark Foods for Opening Day

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Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is just around the corner, and Aramark, the food and beverage partner of nine MLB teams, unveiled the 2019 ballpark menu highlights, full of new takes on ballpark favorites and better-for-you options.

“Our chefs spent the off-season developing new recipes and innovative concepts to further enhance the game day dining experience for fans,” says Carl Mittleman, president of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division. “With a focus on quality, health, convenience and personalization, the new menu items we are introducing offer something for everyone and are sure to be a hit with fans.”

Here are some of the new menu items Aramark is introducing for the 2019 season:

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The LBLT sandwich is topped with fresh lobster meat, crispy bacon, leaf lettuce, and sliced tomato. This sandwich will be available at Fenway Park.

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Topped Tots

Brisket Topped Tots (Kauffman Stadium) (pictured above): Tater tots, smoked brisket, white queso, BBQ sauce, and green onions.

Buffalo Chicken Topped Tots (Fenway Park): Tater tots, Buffalo chicken, blue cheese, and chives.

Cheesy Bacon Topped Tots (Citizens Bank Park): Tater tots, American cheese sauce, bacon, shredded cheddar jack cheese, and diced scallions.

Cinnamon Chipotle Topped Tots (PNC Park): Tater tots, cinnamon chipotle spiced pulled pork, green & red onions, and chipotle maple syrup.

Elote Topped Tots (Coors Field): Tater tots, street corn, zesty mayo, cotija cheese, cilantro, cayenne pepper, and green chili queso.

Loaded Buffalo Topped Tots (Citi Field): Tater tots, blue cheese, celery, carrots, and zesty Buffalo sauce.

Log Cabin Topped Tots (Rogers Centre): Tater tots, Canadian maple baked beans, bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, smoked pulled pork, and sour cream.

Smoked Burnt Ends Topped Tots (Minute Maid Park): Tater tots, queso blanco, BBQ sauce, green onions, pickles, and smoked pork burnt ends.

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Not Your Average Ballpark Dog

Fritos Pie Corn Dog (Minute Maid Park): Foot long hot dog, hand dipped in house-made Fritos corn chips batter, queso blanco and Texas chili.

Bayou City Hot Dog (Minute Maid Park): Nolan Ryan hot dog, smoked pork burnt ends, Rico’s cheese sauce, pickle chips, green onions and hot BBQ sauce.

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Better-For-You Options

As part of Aramark’s Healthy for Life 20 By 20 initiative, an ongoing commitment to providing fans with greater variety, choice and access to healthier menu options, Aramark continues to expand “better-for-you” options throughout the ballparks it serves.

Southwest Inspired Caesar Bowl (Rogers Centre): Crisp romaine, fried tortilla strips, black beans, salsa, quinoa, chickpeas, roasted squash, guacamole, cotija cheese, and poblano dressing (gluten free, vegetarian).

“32 Ingredient Salad” (Rogers Centre): Thirty two plant-based ingredients including Brussels sprouts, kale, green cabbage, romaine lettuce, carrots, butternut squash, red cabbage, white & red quinoa, sunflower & pomegranate seeds, orange juice, honey, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and more (vegan, gluten free).

Beyond Burger (Minute Maid Park): Plant-based Beyond Burger, served Caribbean-style, with black beans, avocado pineapple relish, and Sriracha aioli. 

Beyond Sausage (Kauffman Stadium): 100 percent plant-based sausage served with sauerkraut (vegan, gluten free).

Marty’s V Burger (Citi Field): Dedicated vegan stand.

Original: Beyond Burger with melted cheddar “cheese", special sauce, pickles, and lettuce.

Beyond Bratwurst: Vegan bratwurst.

Nourish (Oakland Coliseum): A portable concession stand dedicated to serving healthy fare, including build your own salads, rice or quinoa bowls.

Quinoa Blueberry Salad (PNC Park): Red quinoa, chopped hearts of palm, spinach, blueberries, cucumbers, carrots, sunflower seeds, and balsamic dressing.

Ultimate Vegetarian Burger (Rogers Centre): Grilled vegan patty, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and garlic aioli, on a potato bun.

Vegan Lettuce Wraps (Citizens Bank Park): Curry cauliflower, fried chickpeas, and coconut milk (vegan).

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Sweet Treats

Chocolate Strawberry Swiss Roll (Kauffman Stadium)(pictured above): Chocolate sponge cake, swirled with strawberry jam and white chocolate mousse, rolled in milk chocolate ganache.

Stuf’d S’mores Nutella Bites (Citi Field): Graham cracker crusted challah bread French toast filled with a swirl of Nutella, marshmallow fluff and dark chocolate chunks, topped with a maple dulce de leche syrup and toasted marshmallow.

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The Prime Rib Steak Sandwich is topped with sliced Nolan Ryan Beef prime rib, caramelized onions, and horseradish cream, on a split top bun. This sandwich will be available at Minute Maid Park.

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BBQ Burger (Kauffman Stadium)(pictured above): Single or double burger, melted cheese, smoked pulled pork, onion rings and Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce.

Bullpen Burger (Kauffman Stadium): Angus patty, secret sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion, on a toasted buttered bun.

Donut Burger (Citizens Bank Park): Fresh beef burger, cheese, bacon and spicy cherry pepper jam, on a glazed donut.

The Champ Sliders (Citi Field): Chef Patrick Schaeffer’s New York City Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash 2018 winning burger. Ground dry-aged beef, Millionaire’s bacon, Cipollini onion agro dolce, sharp cheddar cheese fondue, on a potato bun.

Shake Shack (Citizens Bank Park): For the first time, Shake Shack is bringing its sit-down restaurant experience to a sports venue, with seating for 120 fans, with the new Shake Shack at Citizens Bank Park. The SmokeShack Shake Shack burger is topped with bacon, cherry peppers, and ShackSauce.

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The Korean BBQ roll is topped with smoked pork kielbasa, BBQ sauce, daikon kimchi slaw. This item will be available at Kauffman Stadium.

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King’s Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwich is topped with pulled pork, smoky bacon BBQ sauce, pineapple coleslaw, on a King’s Hawaiian roll. This sandwich will be available at Fenway Park.

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Not Your Average Ballpark Dog

Chili Cheese Crunch Dog (Citi Field): Nathan’s foot long hot dog, beef chili, cheddar cheese, Fritos corn chips and green onions, on a potato roll.

Bases Loaded Dog (Citi Field): Nathan’s foot long hot dog, cheddar fondue, Applewood smoked bacon and green onions, on a potato roll.

Pittsburgh Cone (PNC Park): Kielbasa, pierogi, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing, in a waffle cone.

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Frozen Treats

Funnel Cake Poutine (Rogers Centre)(pictured above): Deep fried funnel cake fries, ice cream, chocolate, caramel and marshmallow.

Banana Splitter (Fenway Park): Vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream, banana, hot fudge, sprinkles, whipped cream and a cherry.

Dulcinea Ice Cream Churro Sandwich (Citi Field): Churros, salted caramel banana ice cream, dulce de leche and Oreo crumbles.

PARTY POP Cycle (Oakland Coliseum): Oversized tricycle, outfitted with mini freezer, selling alcohol-infused popsicles for adults.

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Chicken Sandwiches and More

Artisan Chicken Sandwich (Kauffman Stadium)(pictured above): 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.

Tandoori Chicken Wings (Citizens Bank Park): Yogurt marinated chicken wings, Kashmiri chili pepper, tamarind and scallions.

Tenders Love and Chicken Signature Chicken Sandwich (Oakland Coliseum, PNC Park): 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.

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The Lamb Gyro features fresh pita bread topped with lamb and beef, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and tzatziki sauce. The gyro will be available at Minute Maid Park.

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The Shipwreck Sundae features jumbo marshmallows, coated with chocolate and a dusting of graham crackers, and ice cream, in a souvenir helmet sundae bowl. This sundae will be available at PNC Park.