Ballpark Food That Outshines the Game

Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Lynn Andriani

Maybe you follow baseball. Or maybe you find yourself following someone you love--who happens to love baseball--to the nearest stadium. If so, you might have noticed that Major League ballpark food has left the traditional peanuts and Cracker Jacks in the dust.

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I kept hearing that the gourmet offerings at many of the country's newer stadiums threaten to steal the show, so I asked around and found six foods baseball fans can't get enough of. Even if your interest in America's pastime is limited to the endearing if ragtag group of dogs named for the Yankee shortstop, you'll want to try these recipes and make a playoff-worthy version of them at home.

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Ballpark: AT&T Park
Team: San Francisco Giants
Must-try concession: Crazy Crab'z, center field
What to order: Dungeness crab sandwich with mayonnaise and tomato, served in a grilled garlic butter sourdough baguette.
Make it at home: Curtis Stone's Surf Sandwich

Ballpark: Citi Field
Team: New York Mets
Must-try concession: Danny Meyer's El Verano Taqueria, outfield concourse
What to order: Chile-Marinated Skirt Steak, served inside two soft corn tortillas.
Make it at home: Grilled Skirt Steak with Two Chimichurris

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Ballpark: Safeco Field
Team: Seattle Mariners
Must-try concession: Ivar's Seafood and Chowder, sections 117 and 337
What to order: Ivar Dog, deep-fried cod topped with coleslaw and tartar sauce on a bun.
Make it at home: Fish and Chips

Ballpark: Citizens Bank Park
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Must-try concession: The Schmitter, section 140
What to order: Schmitter sandwich, a cheesesteak served on a Kaiser roll with fried salami.
Make it at home: Cheesesteaks with Peppers and Onions

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Ballpark: Target Field
Team: Minnesota Twins
Must-try concession: Hrbek's, gate 14
What to order: Onion rings that come stacked up on a pole with an array of dipping sauces.
Make it at home: Cliff's Homegrown Vidalia Onion Rings

Ballpark: Yankee Stadium
Team: New York Yankees
Must-try concession: Lobel's of New York, section 134
What to order: Prime Beef Sandwich, carved to order and served with fresh horseradish and olive tapenade.
Make it at home: Spiced Beef Sandwich

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