Beyond Soft Pretzels: How 12 MLB Stadium Eateries Put the Twist on This Iconic Snack (Slideshow)
April 5, 2016
With the 2016 season underway and National Pretzel Day on April 26, we explore innovative ways stadiums are using soft pretzels
108 Burger, Citi Field
This year, Citi Field and the New York Mets decided to put the entire city of New York into their latest burger. No, we’re not talking about Soylent Green, but instead a six-ounce LaFrieda burger with hot pastrami, Havarti cheese, and NY deli mustard nestled between two pretzel rolls, and served with a side of chips. If this were a true NYC burger, it would probably use a bagel as a bun — but if that were the case, we wouldn’t be able to include it in this list! Grab your own 108 Burger at Keith’s Grill in section 132.
Barnyard Wedding, Yankee Stadium
For years, the New York Yankees have tried to mix the blue-collar attitude of baseball with the classiness of the pinstripes, without seeming overly pretentious. Kind of like having an upscale wedding in a barn — which is why “Barnyard Wedding” is the perfect name for the newest Yankee Stadium treat. A Cheddar cheeseburger is topped with a fried chicken cutlet, which is in turn topped with a hash brown patty, with all of it balancing between two pretzel buns. There’s also some barbecue sauce in there, so try not to drip any on your tie.
Beltré Buster, Globe Life Park
Texas Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré is currently in contract extension talks, which could mean a few more years of his shenanigans at the hot corner, and it could also mean a few more years of the Beltré Buster on menus around Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Buster is a one-pound ground beef patty topped with half a pound of bacon, grilled onions, a heaping pile of melted cheese, and red pepper mayo on a pretzel bun. It’s also served with chips on the side, but you know what would go great with this 3,000 calorie brute-of-a-burger? A few laps around the stadium.
BratDog, Target Field
Can’t decide between a bratwurst and a hot dog? Compromise and get the BratDog at the Twins’ Target Field in Minneapolis. For $12 at Hrbek’s, fans can get an all-beef dog inside a bratwurst that’s wrapped in bacon and served on a pretzel roll with seasoned sauerkraut, caramelized onions, and peppers. You’ll probably think you need a fork for this one — or at least a knife — but personally we’d advise against it. You’re at a baseball game, after all.
Bratzel Dog, Busch Stadium
Although the Food Network Hot Dog bar is no longer in existence at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, there was one survivor: The Bratzel. Although not as flashy as some of the other entries in this list, the Cardinals creation still combines a bratwurst and a pretzel (with the former stuffed inside the latter); slap some mustard on the puppy, and we’re in — especially since it packs just the right amount of spice. Don’t worry about having to put up fliers to find this dog either, as Dizzy’s Diner and both Triple Play locations (sections 152 and 270) all sell it.
Cuban Pretzel Dog, PNC Park
A Cuban sandwich, a hot dog, and a pretzel walk into a baseball stadium… and one of the most popular new ballpark eats gets created. At the Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park, fans can dig into a foot-long dog topped with ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard — which are all housed (barely) in a giant pretzel bun. Head over to the Riverwalk Grill in Section 144 to try one of the $9 wonders yourself.
North Side Twist, Wrigley Field
“Do you want to split a pretzel?” If this sounds like a weird question, considering a knot of salted dough is generally only enough for a single person, allow us to introduce you to Wrigley Field’s North Side Twist. This Chicago Cubs creation isn’t so much a new spin on pretzels, but simply a supersized version. The monstrosity weighs in at two pounds and fills an entire 12-inch pizza box. Don’t worry about getting sick of the same old mustard dip either, because the North Side Twist comes with three sauces: chipotle honey mustard, beer Cheddar cheese, and cinnamon cream. And if the $15 price tag seems a bit steep, keep in mind that this pretzel can easily be shared between two or three hungry Cubs fans.
Peanut Butter Pretzel-Coated Thick-Cut Bacon on a Stick, Citi Field
We’ll let the lack of a creative name slide here, because what else could you possibly call a piece of peanut butter pretzel-coated thick-cut bacon on a stick? Courtesy of Pig Guy NYC, the new creation can be had at the New York Mets’ Citi Field, arguably one of the best ballparks for food in the entire MLB — which is probably why this is its second entry on the list.
Pretzel Pastrami Sandwich, Coors Field
We’re not sure the “sandwich” part of “Pretzel Pastrami Sandwich” properly explains the enormity of the plate-sized pretzel-bread hero that’s loaded with pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and drizzled with Russian dressing. It doesn’t matter what it’s called, as much as where it can be purchased. Grab this bad boy at Wazee Market at Coors Field in Denver, home of the Colorado Rockies.
The Beast, Miller Park
The Plaza Grill at the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park serves a grilled bratwurst stuffed with a hot dog, wrapped in bacon, tucked into a pretzel bun, and topped with sauerkraut and onions, and appropriately named it The Beast. The name probably comes from the players going into “beast mode” when they come through in the clutch, but we also like that the brat shares its name with the infamous dog in one of our favorite baseball films: 1993’s The Sandlot.
The Champions Alley Dog, Kauffman Stadium
If you want to know what makes a champion, you’ll have to ask the winner of the last World Series, the Kansas City Royals. If the menus at Kauffman Stadium are any indication, apparently a champion is someone who orders The Champions Alley Dog from Boulevard Grill in section 206. After all, anyone capable of putting away a bacon-wrapped, tempura-battered foot-long hot dog with sweet cabbage slaw and chipotle ketchup in a Farm to Market Bread Company pretzel bun is a winner to us.
The Walk Off, Camden Yards
Not only is Oriole Park at Camden Yards one of the most beautiful stadiums in baseball, but it also has one of the best in-park restaurants: Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant. Open year-round since 2012, Dempsey’s offers great pub eats from an ever-expanding menu, like the signature Walk Off, which is the epitome of Maryland eats. For $15, fans get an Old Bay Roma sausage in a pretzel roll that’s topped with Old Bay crab dip and comes with a pickle and house-made kettle chips. Although, since you’ve already come this far, why not pay the extra three bucks for Old Bay fries instead? (Bonus: Dempsey’s also sells a soft-baked pretzel packed with Old Bay crab dip and topped with melted cheese for $11.)