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Major League Baseball stadiums offer some of the most creative food items in professional sports. (Ever heard of the "Churro Dog" at Chase Field?) Baseball stadiums also offer a wide variety of food offerings. What sets Major League Baseball apart from the other leagues when it comes to culinary offerings? Baseball is a very laid back experience for spectators and has twice as many home games as the NHL and NBA. Games can also be much longer than the other three leagues, which are timed, so fans have plenty of free time at baseball stadiums. Our staff wanted to provide a small list of some of the best food items we've tried in our travels to various Major League Baseball stadiums around the United States. Enjoy!

  

Photo of a fan holding the helmet nachos at a baseball game.

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10. The Helmet Nachos At All 30 MLB Stadiums

Not only do the helmet nachos taste as good as they look but baseball fans get to keep the helmets as a keepsake. Helmet nachos are a little pricier compared to other popular baseball food items and are priced in the $15 range. Have no worry; they're well worth the money. The nacho ingredients will vary from stadium to stadium. Some ballparks offer pulled pork, beef, chicken, etc. The best helmet nachos that we've found are at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati

 

 

Photo of a fan holding a foot long hot dog at Wrigley Field during a Chicago Cubs home game.

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9. Hot Doug's Hot Dogs At Wrigley Field

Hot Doug's was a Chicago staple for decades before finally closing their restaurant in 2014. Hot Doug's can be found on bleacher platform 14 in the outfield area of Wrigley Field. Hot Doug's offers a variety of signature hot dogs such as the Pete LaCock, the Dave Rosello and the Ray Burris. 

 

 

Photo of a baseball fan holding cheese curds.

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8. The Cheese Curds At Miller Park

The fried cheese curds are a staple at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. However, they may be an even bigger hit at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. Cheese curds are basically fried pieces of pasteurized milk and are popular in Canada as well as the northernmost states of the United States. The cheese curds at Miller Park can be found at the concession stands outside of sections 107, 117, 125, 214, 224 and 412.

 

 

Photo of a Boston Red Sox fan holding a Fenway Frank at Fenway Park.

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7. The "Fenway Frank" At Fenway Park

The Fenway Frank has been around almost as long as Fenway Park which first opened in 1912. The Fenway Frank is produced by Kayem Foods and is different from other hot dogs because they're first boiled and then slightly grilled. They're also stuffed into a New England-style hot dog roll and can be found all throughout Fenway Park on game days. 

 

 

Photo of a polish sausage at Guaranteed Rate Field. Home of the Chicago White Sox.

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6. The Polish Sausages At Guaranteed Rate Field

Chicago's south side is home to Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox. The south side of Chicago was also home to a large Polish immigrant community for many decades. The Polish immigrants were regulars at the old Comiskey Park which closed in 1990. The Polish sausages at Guaranteed Rate Field are grilled to perfection and topped with peppers and onions. They can be found all throughout the 100 and 500 level concourses. 

 

 

Photo of a baseball fan holding a Dodger Dog during a Los Angeles Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium.

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5. The Dodger Dog At Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium's Dodger Dog is the best-selling hot dog in Major League Baseball. In 2011 alone, Dodger Stadium sold more than 2 million Dodger Dogs to baseball fans and has been a staple there since the 1960's. The Dodger Dog is 11 inches long and is served either steamed or grilled and is placed on a steamed bun. The Dodger Dog also has a cousin, the "Doyer Dog" which boasts latino-centric ingredients. "Doyers" is the Spanish translation for the word "Dodgers".

 

 

 

 

Photo of a serving of crabfries from Chickie and Pete's.

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4. The Crabfries At Citizens Bank Park

The crabfries at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, are prepared by Chickie's and Pete's, a Philadelphia staple since 1977. Chickie's and Pete's is regarded as one of the best sports bars in the United States and is located not far from the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The crabfries are crinkle cut french fries sprinkled with crabby spices and served with a white creamy cheese sauce for dipping. The crabfries can be found outside of the following sections at Citizens Bank Park; 102, 208, 218, 225, 320. 

 

 

Photo of a Primanti Bros. sandwich at PNC Park. Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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3. Primanti Bros. Sandwiches At PNC Park

Primanti Bros. is a legendary sandwich shop that first opened in Pittsburgh's Strip District in 1933. What makes Primanti Bros. sandwiches different is they're served on Italian bread and the french fries are actually stuffed inside the sandwich. Menus will vary from season to season but the most famous sandwich Primanti Bros. offers is the "Pitts-burger & Cheese". Primanti Bros. can be found at section 110 at Smorgasburgh at PNC Park and is also available at Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers) and PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh Penguins)

 

 

Photo of three cheese coneys from Skyline Chili in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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2. Skyline Chili Cheese Coneys At Great American Ball Park

Coney hot dogs are nothing new and originated at New York's Coney Island many decades ago. However, Skyline Chili perfected them with their version of cheese coneys. Skyline Chili is a popular restaurant chain that was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1949. Skyline Chili cheese coneys are topped with the company's secret recipe chili, onions and shredded cheddar cheese. The company has numerous stands at Great American Ball Park and are located outside of sections 103, 116, 130, 518 and 533. 

 

 

Photo of fan holding Gilroy's garlic fries at AT&T Park during a San Francisco Giants game.

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1. Gilroy Garlic Fries AT AT&T Park

According to our research, AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, was the first Major League ballpark to offer garlic fries to it's fan base. Immediately afterwards, many other ballparks tried to copycat this popular offering which are are thick-cut fries covered in garlic and parsley. The fries are perfect when dipped in honey mustard and are by far the most popular food item at AT&T Park. Gilroy Garlic Fries are in reference to Gilroy, California, the garlic capital of the world. 

 

 

 

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