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Best Baseball Stadium Foods in the West

Posted by Jenna Valdespino on July 31, 2018
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The west has some of the best—and weirdest—ballpark food in the US.

Peanuts and crackerjacks may have cut it during the days of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth, but today, ballpark food is as much a part of the baseball experience as watching your favorite MLB player step up to the plate. To get your fill, here are some top dishes, drinks, and desserts at baseball stadiums in California, Washington, Colorado, and Arizona.

Crazy Crab’z Dungeness crab sandwiches
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What stadium other than AT&T Park in San Francisco can boast a crab sandwich on sourdough?

San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park

Main course: Giants fans know and love Crazy Crab’z, famous for its Dungeness crab sandwiches made with tomatoes and buttery San Francisco sourdough. (Center field by the scoreboard)

Snack: Some would say you haven’t been to AT&T Park if you haven’t tried the Gilroy garlic fries. The addictive garnish of minced garlic and parsley (plus the big servings) make them a stadium staple. (Various locations)

Drink: Set in the edible Garden under the scoreboard, Hearth Table offers a strawberry bourbon smash cocktail, a refreshing concoction of bourbon, strawberry preserves, lemon juice, and brown sugar. During foggy games, try an Irish coffee instead. (Center field by the scoreboard)

Dessert: It doesn't matter how cold the San Francisco summer gets, Giants fans line up for a Ghirardelli hot fudge sundae made with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, almonds, and cherries, even on the foggiest days. (Sections 136, 225, and 321)

Read More: What to Eat at San Francisco Giants Games at AT&T Park

Safeco Field Oaxacan chapulines Mexican grasshoppers
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Crunch on Safeco Field's Oaxacan chapulines instead of crackerjacks. Believe it or not, these toasted Mexican grasshoppers sell out fast.

Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field

Main course: Din Tai Fung has taken the West by storm with locations across California and Washington, and now you can find the restaurant’s beloved Taiwanese dumplings and bao buns at Safeco. (Section 132)

Snack: The most unexpected Safeco best-seller? Oaxacan chapulines. Seasoned with zesty chile-lime salt, these toasted Mexican grasshoppers sell out quickly, whether fans are picking them up as part of a dare or simply for the extra protein. Not quite ready for the chapulines? Stick with the stalwart crunchy snack: barrel roasted peanuts from CB’s Nuts. (Edgar’s Cantina in The ‘Pen which is located next to the Mariners' bullpen near center field; CB’s Nuts sold in the stands and behind the visitor’s dugout in section 136)

Drink: Head to Cask Ale Station for an impressive selection of cask-conditioned and barrel-aged beers from breweries around the Pacific Northwest, including Silver City Brewery and Diamond Knot Craft Brewing. Those not interested in beer can find Woodinville’s Chateau Ste. Michelle wine by the glass and carafe around the park. (Section 129)

Dessert: At On Deck Donuts, mix and match toppings and dipping sauces (everything from M&M’s and powdered sugar to bacon bits and maple syrup) for an order of customizable mini doughnuts. (Section 136)

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Named for Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn's career-high batting average, AleSmith Brewing Company’s San Diego Pale Ale .394 is made specifically to Gwynn's taste.

San Diego Padres’ Petco Park

Main course: Phil’s BBQ is a San Diego mainstay with five locations around the county and three more at Petco. Order the fan-favorite BBQ Broham sandwich for a heaping pile of char-grilled, sauce-smothered pulled pork set on a bed of coleslaw. (Section 113, Park at the Park, and Western Metal Rooftop)

Snack: You won’t find oysters at many ballparks, but they’re a top treat for Padres fans, served fried or Rockefeller at Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar. (Section 204)

Drink: Honor Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn by settling in with a pint of AleSmith Brewing Company’s San Diego Pale Ale .394. The beer is named for the right fielder’s career-high batting average, and a portion of proceeds goes to the nonprofit Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation. (Various locations)

Dessert: Treat yourself to a Baked Bear ice cream sandwich, featuring the craft ice cream flavor of your choosing (think blackberry crumble or salted caramel fudge) set between two warm cookies. Add Fruity Pebbles, Nutella, or hot fudge to knock it out of the park. (Section 124)

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While you can only find it during weekend games, Chase Field's Sonoran dog is worth waiting for.

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field

Main course: The Sonoran dog is one of the most exclusive dishes at the park, but it’s worth planning your visit around. Arizona eatery El Güero Canelo serves up its James Beard Award-winning bacon-wrapped hot dogs, each weighed down with beans, onions, tomatoes, mayonnaise, mustard, and jalapeño sauce, only during weekend games. (La Terraza at Section 300)

Snack: Order the steak-and-ale tots and you can expect a heaping pile of crispy tater tots with an array of toppings that go beyond standard condiments: Philly-style ribeye steak, mushrooms, onions, and sour cream, plus cheese sauce made with Four Peaks Brewing Company’s Kilt Lifter Scottish-style ale. (Section 130)

Drink: Maui Wowi Hawaiian smoothies are a sweet way to beat the Phoenix heat. To shake things up, add Malibu rum or Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine tequila. (Sections 107 and 326)

Dessert: A sweet spin on the traditional ballpark dog, the churro dog involves a cinnamon churro set inside a chocolate-glazed Long John doughnut. As if that wasn’t enough, this dessert dog is topped with frozen yogurt, chocolate sauce, and caramel drizzle. (Sections 114, 123, and 315)

Read More: 12 Don't-Miss Spots in Scottsdale During Spring Training

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From Rocky Mountain oysters to Mile High mac and cheese, the unique and flavorful concessions at Coors Field will keep you energized long past the 7th-inning stretch.

Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field

Main course: In case you’d rather pass on Coors’ famous Rocky Mountain oysters, head to Helton Burger Shack, where you can try legendary first baseman Todd Helton’s signature take on a classic cheeseburger. (Section 153)

Snack: Not the classic kids’ cheesy noodles, the Mile High mac and cheese is loaded with spicy chorizo, diced green chili peppers, and pico de gallo for a Colorado twist. (Sections 218 and 243)

Drink: Rio on the Rocks margaritas are popular among locals, having gained their following at the six Rio Grande restaurants in Colorado. Choose a mango, strawberry, or traditional marg, either frozen or—you guessed it—on the rocks. (Section 201)

Dessert: Order the Rockies Fritters and you’re in for fried berry delights covered in a sweet rum glaze. In true Rockies fashion, these sweet treats are topped with purple and silver sprinkles. (Various locations)