Ballparks dishing out the best food
(CBS News) NEW YORK -- There's more to baseball concession stands than just peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
And on "CBS This Morning: Saturday," CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg, author of "The Best Places for Everything," reveals his top five picks for the best ballpark food across the nation.
AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants)
It's all about local California food at AT&T Park. This San Francisco ballpark has world-famous garlic fries made with ingredients straight from Gilroy, the "Garlic Capital of America." Fries are served straight out of the fryer and loaded with freshly-chopped garlic and parsley. In fact, they're so popular that, on Opening Day, AT&T Park served 8,000 baskets of these garlicky treats. Another must-have? The Crazy Crab'z sandwich. It's on the pricey side at $16, but it's loaded with hot crab on an extra-buttery, garlicky, grilled sourdough bread. And talk about local: The ballpark even has a California Wine Cart with 35 varietals of local wines, and a Farmers Market Cart - anyone with a sweet tooth will appreciate the S'mores Panini served on grilled bread with Nutella and marshmallow, while those into savory food can load up on the Gruyere grilled cheese sandwich.
Citi Field (New York Mets)
The modern-day burger stand known as the Shake Shack is one of the most fun experiences in New York City. It's been at Citi Field since 2009. We're talking all-natural beef ground daily; all-beef hot dogs topped with mustard, relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper and celery salt; cheese fries topped with spicy tomato-simmered onions; and their famous frozen custard. But that's not the only slice of New York at Citi Field. There's also Two Boots Pizza, Blue Smoke barbecue, and even something called the New Yawkah - an enormous corned beef topped with sweet potato fries, bacon, pickles, slaw and Thousand Island dressing, served on a pretzel roll. Club-level ticket-holders can get even more upscale with meals like braised branzino at the Acela Club. But the real bottom line is that Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs are king at the park. In one season alone, 400,000 pounds of hot dogs are sold, not to mention 222,000 pounds of Nathan's Fries, and 102,955 pounds of Brooklyn Burgers.
PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Pittsburgh pride is evident at PNC Park, especially in the Smorgasburgh food section, which features local favorites such as Quaker Steak & Lube, Primanti Bros., and Iron City beer. Another fan favorite? Meatball Mania at Gunner's Lounge, which is a skewer loaded up with six meatballs: beef with marinara, chicken with green chile verde, and Thai pork meatballs with ginger-soy barbecue. If the line for Primanti Bros. is too long, look for the Pittsburgh Slugger, a steak sandwich piled high with coleslaw, Provolone cheese and French fries (yes, INSIDE the sandwich). Last, but certainly not least, there an unusual Thai Chili Burger with Niman ranch seasoned pork and beef patty topped with Asian slaw.
Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)
A pretzel is no big surprise at a ballpark, but a TWO-POUND pretzel? The North Side Twist is just that, with three dipping sauces: cheddar cheese, chipotle honey mustard, and cinnamon frosting. There are also some surprisingly healthy options at Wrigley Field, like Sheffield Grill's Sloppy Jane, a vegan version of a Sloppy Joe, made with tempeh, peppers and onions, topped with a molasses and brown-sugar sauce on a vegan bun. High Plains Bison cart serves items from the Ricketts family's bison ranch, including a meaty bison hot dog. Even cooler, Wrigley Field sources as much of its produce as possible from local farmers markets in Chicago's Lincoln Park.
Marlins Park (Miami Marlins)
Marlins Park has all the standard ballpark food, but with a fresh twist: Sobe Hot Dog with mango slaw, chipotle mayo and potato sticks; grilled mahi mahi tacos with pickled red onions, cilantro slaw and chipotle aioli. But what you really want to look for is the Taste of Miami section, which brings together three local Cuban-American restaurants to serve the most authentic food. We're talking Cuban sandwiches, ceviche, chicharron, and plaintain chips with garlic sauce, to name a food. Marlin Park vendors rely on local purveyors whenever possible, including steak from Harris Ranch, chicken from Ashley Farms, dairy from PNS Farm, produce from JC Tropicals, Paradise Farms and Tom Vick Farms.
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