Fenway’s for Foodies


As a sports fan, it’s always kind of fascinating to see how teams are changing with the times. And according to Slashfood and this article, Fenway Park in Boston is trying to class up it’s concession stands a bit.

It used to be that Ron Abell’s idea of a large crowd was dinner for 200. Now it’s more like 35,000.

The former chef de cuisine of Icarus in the South End is now executive chef at Fenway Park. That means he’s left one small kitchen to oversee six, and serves food to fans in the stands, in the luxury suites, in the park’s private EMC Club and State Street Pavilion, even some of the players in the clubhouse.

New menu items include a turkey wrap with mesclun greens and a steak sandwich with baby arugula and aioli. While he is adamant that staple foods will always be available, he is excited about something like lobster roll, a simple mixture of mayonnaise, celery, Tabasco sauce, lobster meat, and other seasonings on a buttered, toasted roll (it sells for $16).

But Fenway isn’t the only stadium classing is up. You can also get crabcakes at Camden Yards, an Ahi Tuna Sandwich at AT&T Park, a Cuban Panini at Miller Park, Garlic Fries at Pac Bell Park and Dodger Stadium…but according to ESPN’s Page 2 Stadium Review, Safeco Field takes the cake.

You’ve got all the classic stand-bys; but you’ve also got clam chowder, salmon sandwiches, sushi, chocolate-covered strawberries, garlic fries, wok-fried noodles, southern barbeque and much, much more. If Mo Vaughn knew about this, he would have insisted on a trade to the Mariners.

And in Yankee news…

Yankee Stadium finally wakes up to its massive Latino customer base and starts serving foods like empanadas and papas rellenas. (Grub Street)

For more on the Yankees latin food you’ll have to register with the New York Times.

Photo above from Flickr.


6 comments so far

  1. harmony on

    It is the truth, too. The garlic fries at Safeco field are incredible. The smell alone will drive you mad if you don’t give in and get some to munch. All that garlic helps takes the sting out of losing, too.

    One of my favorite food and baseball memories is opening day at Wrigley Field, but we got bagel sandwiches outside the park — the best bagel sandwich I have ever had, in fact — and only had peanuts and beer during the game.

    (found you through Tastespotting, btw)

  2. cincodemayo1 on

    Glad ya found the site.

    I’ve only had the garlic fries at Dodger Stadium and they are delicious, so I’m sure the ones at Safeco are just as good if not better.

    Probably my new favorite ballpark food.

  3. Danny on

    What is that sandwich of awesomeness at the top of the page and where do I have to go to get one?

  4. cincodemayo1 on

    Hey Danny.

    Apparently that, too, is from Safeco Field in Seattle.

    “The ultimate form of baseball stadium food porn: a hotlink topped with smoked brisket from Dixie’s BBQ. Although I stuck to cotton candy and an Ivar’s fish sandwich, two of my friends powered through these. They were deee-lighted.”

  5. Tammy on

    Well, I’ll be damned. It’s not just about Fenway Franks, anymore.

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