If you’ve ever been to a professional baseball game, you know the typical line up of food: peanuts, popcorn, nachos, hot dogs- the classics. Every ballpark differs in their grub offerings. Some food is dictated by partnerships with food providers, like Shake Shack or Buona Beef . And some food is dictated by the region, which is where a lot of ballparks shine. In Boston, you can get a lobster roll, in Kansas City they have amazing pulled pork sandwiches, and at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles) you can get crab-topped fries. Wrigley Field on the north side of Chicago is no different. Not only is this my second favorite ballpark (Yankee Stadium with a strong 1st place in my heart), but it also has some classic Chicago-style food that you can’t miss out on if you get to experience a game in the Friendly Confines.
Chicago is a town famous for its deep dish, but I think what comes in a close second or near tie is the meat. Chicagoans love their sausages, brats, and Vienna hot dogs. Historically, Chicago is a meatpacking city. This reputation is emanating decades later, in the form of delicious dogs and brats served up every game day at Wrigley. I can’t go any further without outlining the perfect Chicago dog. Chicagoans are very passionate about the “no-ketchup” mantra, which I was skeptical about because I love putting ketchup on my hot dogs.
After being in Chicago for almost two years, I now understand why ketchup on hot dogs or brats is not only unnecessary, but also blasphemous within the 234 square miles of the Windy City. The toppings on a Chicago dog include tomato, onion, relish, peppers, yellow mustard, a pickle spear (optional), and celery salt. So you can see why ketchup would be totally unnecessary. Last night at the Cubs game I was able to have what will probably be my last Chicago dog of the season, and it did not disappoint.
The Chicago dog isn’t the only amazing offering that the Wrigley Field bleachers have to offer. There is also the fine offerings of Hot Doug’s. My boyfriend is a passionate Hot Doug’s fan. They made their way exclusively into the concessions at the bleachers in 2015, and have been a staple of bleachers experiences since. They have really interesting flavor combinations every series that is played at the park, named after famous Cubs. Last night they had the Bill Bonham (atomic pork sausage + cherry marmalade + smoked gouda), Less Lancaster (thuringer sausage + beer mustard + carmelized onion + shredded cheddar), and Carmen Fanzone (spicy polish sausage + spicy brown mustard + caramelized onion).
The Bill Bonham was amazing as well. Who would’ve thought cherry marmalade and smoked gouda would go well on a sausage? Overall, the beer and the dogs were delicious, and the Cubbies won to stay alive in their hopes of going to the World Series for the second straight year. A late, but great Wednesday night.
What is your favorite stadium food?