Let's face it: Food is as much a part of the ballpark experience as the game itself. Hot dogs, cheese fries, and nachos can do wonders to help ease the pain of watching a team mired in a deep, season-long slump, but they also taste great when a squad is playing well.
Part of the fun of taking a road trip to an out-of-state Major League Baseball stadium is the food, as it's rare to find an opportunity to sample fare that might not be available in other ballparks. For baseball fans planning to hit the road this summer for a ballpark-based trip, here's a look at five unique foods to try:
1) Boog's Barbeque, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore: Gone are the days when the only things to eat at the ballpark was hot dogs and peanuts. One of the first ballparks to break from traditional ballpark fare was Camden Yards, and baseball fans have been flocking there ever since. While it's true the Orioles have been playing crisp baseball since Buck Showalter took over at the helm in 2010, it's the food that keeps them coming back. Boog's Barbeque is easily the best offering at the stadium, as it delivers with rich, juicy pit turkey or beef, served up by former Orioles first baseman Boog Powell.
2) Shake Shack at Citi Field, New York: The burgers at Citi Field's Shake Shack are so good that a giant line typically starts forming shortly after gates open. All it takes it one bite of the ShackBurger to understand why fans are willing to miss two to three innings of baseball while waiting on line for the item. Featuring 100% Angus beef and ridiculously fresh ingredients, this is a burger that truly stands out from the pack.
3) The D-Bat Dog at Chase Field, Phoenix: What do you get when you mix a corn dog with bacon, cheese, jalapenos, and a healthy side of fries with mustard? The D-Bat Dog, of course. This 18-inch corn dog isn't like anything you've ever eaten in your life. The D-Bat Dog might pack on a couple pounds, but it's totally worth it.
4) Dodger Dog at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles: The Dodger Dog, named after the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, is a true classic. A 10-inch hot dog on a classic bun, the Dodger Dog is typically served up with mustard and relish. Fans are able to order Dodger Dogs steamed or grilled.
5) The Strasburger at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.: The Strasburger, named after Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, is an insane creation that includes close to eight pounds of ground brisket and short ribs. For a monster-sized burger that comes complete with American cheese, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, red onions, and pickle chips, the price tag is a whopping $59.