Ballpark fare has been more than peanuts and Cracker Jacks for some time now. But the world of stadium foods is reaching its boiling point, and teams and stadiums are seemingly competing against each other to see who can concoct the craziest eats. They've let their imaginations run wild, topping old standbys with all kinds of new additions and making ballpark classics look like they're on steroids. It's undeniable that stadium food is taking on a whole new role in sports -- fans are seeking out these crazy eats mid-game, and even going to watch another team play just to get a taste of that stadium's signature snack.
Some, or most, of these wild foodstuffs sound more like a challenge on Man v. Food than easily ignored sideline snacks. Whether it's because of regional delicacies, like Rocky Mountain oysters at Coors Field, or typical ballpark dishes with new twists, like the Frito Pie Dog at Wrigley Field, stadiums and fans alike are focusing more on crazy, sport-inspired fun than any kind of restrained fandom. Not to mention, a few boring innings can easily be cured by the Big Boomer, a 1-pound hot dog smothered in toppings, or a 5-pound burger topped with salsa, chips, and chili.
It once was common to take a road trip following a team around the country or visit as many baseball stadiums as possible in one go, but we have a good feeling that these eats will start inspiring road trips of their own. So whether you're loyal to the home team or are a fair-weather fan (read: snack hound), these are the ballpark eats that caught our eye for being among the wildest, most imaginative, most fun to eat, and likely worst for you dishes out there. Whatever you do, don't start counting those calories now -- you have a ballgame to eat at.
- Nicole Campoy-Leffler, The Daily Meal
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Named after their pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals Park's "Strasburger" is an 8-pound feat of a burger. It is an all-beef burger on an oversized bun with "secret sauce," American cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onions, pickle chips, and served with a cone of fries on the side. Slideshow: Top Picnic Destinations in America Photo Credit: © Courtesy of Nationals Stadium
There are plenty of things we eat at home during a ballgame that just wouldn't be a realistic ballpark snack, ravioli among them. But the powers that be in St. Louis, and at Busch Stadium, fixed that by deep-frying ravioli and serving them with a marinara dipping sauce. Problem solved. Slideshow: Best Small Towns for Food Photo Credit: © Peter Janowski
Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Mich. (outside Grand Rapids), home to the West Michigan Whitecaps, knows what the fans really want — a Fifth Third Burger. It is, at more than 4 pounds, not for the weak among us. The bun is topped with a cup of chili, five hamburger patties, five slices of American cheese, salsa, nacho cheese, Fritos, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and, if you like, jalapeños. They then slice it with a pizza cutter. Slideshow: 9 Most inspiring Travel Movies Photo Credit: © Courtesy of Benjamin Hill
This ballpark snack, originally served at Dodger Stadium, has become so popular that more than a handful of other stadiums have started serving it to their loyal fans as well. It is the Victory Knot — a 2-pound gourmet soft pretzel topped with sea salt and served in a pizza box with three dipping sauces: spicy mustard, beer cheese, and sweet cream cheese. Slideshow: How to Party Around the World All Year Photo Credit: © Courtesy of Levy Restaurants
It seems like someone at Progressive Field gave sandwiches a much-needed update. Why use bread when you can use waffles? They serve their fried chicken sandwich with a big fluffy waffle as the bread, which is then topped with powdered sugar. Slideshow: 9 Phrases Every Traveler Should Know Photo Credit: © Courtesy of Delaware North Companies
Rocky Mountain oysters are uniquely Coloradan snacks that have a reputation that precedes them. Despite their name, they are not bivalves, but are instead bull testicles that are deep-fried and served with a dipping sauce. At Denver's Coors Field, they're served on a bed of french fries. Slideshow: 12 Mouthwatering Market Finds Photo Credit: © Flickr/wallyg
It is easy to make the "everything's bigger in Texas" quip when Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, is serving something called the Big Boomer. It's a 1-pound hot dog that measures 24-inches long and is endlessly topped with spicy ketchup, jalapeño mustard, Baja relish, beef chili, melted cheese, and raw onions. Slideshow: 11 Affordable Beach Escapes Photo Credit: © Courtesy of Delaware North Companies
Another well-publicized and long-loved stadium food is "Baseball's Best Burger," formerly known as the Luther Burger. It is a burger smothered in melted cheese and topped with strips of crispy bacon with a split (and sometimes grilled) Krispy Kreme doughnut as its bun, and it can be found at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill., outside St. Louis. Click here to see More of The Craziest Stadium Foods Photo Credit: © Courtesy of GCS Ballpark
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