Take Me Out For Some Odd Eats: The Oddest Foods of Summer At the Ballpark

Baseball is an American pastime and one of our great nation’s oldestif not the oldest. It’s no surprise that, as a way to keep the game experience up-to-date, stadiums around the country are constantly trying new recipes to concoct unique snacks that bring people out to the game.

Baseball games and hotdogs go together like Forest Gump and Jenny. But now and then, you’ve just gotta stretch yourself and take hotdogs to the next level—perhaps invent a whole new species of food?!

It’s no secret that there are some wild food concoctions out there at the old ballpark; baseball stadiums around the country are continually bringing them home. Some of the top new/weirdest combos for games include some delicious and crispy grasshopper’s. If those aren’t your cup of tea, we also have some deep-fried bubble gum. Not hungry yet? Here are some of the weirdest recipes we could find from baseball diamonds around the country.

Our #8: Sunrise Dog

Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals, provides a full breakfast-lover’s dream, and all in the comfort of a hotdog. If you skipped breakfast, or if you’re simply a breakfast-for-dinner type, Kansas City will provide your standard hotdog topped with fried eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese, and white, sausage gravy. I’m not entirely sure how many of these one could eat without clogging your arteries, though.


Our #7: Funnel Cake Chicken Sandwich
Funnel Cake meet Chicken; Chicken meet Funnel Cake. The Arizona Diamondbacks are selling a sandwich made of crispy fried chicken with a slice of garlic black-pepper cheddar cheese, strawberry jam, and maple topping, all of it hugged ever-so-gently between two funnel cakes, and a side of diabetes. Get yours today at Chase Field.


Our #6: Taco Dog
The Miami Marlins make sexy food for sexy fans. If a Mexican taco and an American hot dog had a baby—hot diggity dog!—say hello to the Taco Dog. A Nathan’s frank topped with chili, pepper jack cheese, pico de gallo, shredded cabbage, and jalapeño, but wait… there’s more! It’s all wrapped in a tortilla (cue Carlos Santana music).


Our #5: Tuna Poke Bowl
The LA Dodgers have the healthiest ballpark snack I’ve ever seen. Never had I thought eating raw fish at a baseball game would be a thing…but then again, it is California. Not only is it healthy, its very delicious, too. The bowl contains ahi tuna, served with vegetables, edamame, and a soy dipping sauce.


Our #4: Fried Grasshoppers
Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, is hitting their fans’ bellies with a serving of crunchy fried grasshoppers. The first three Mariners home games sold 18,000 grasshoppers. These little grasshoppers are dusted in chili-lime salt. Demand is high for these little critters.


Our #3: Lobster Poutine Stak
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, have fancied it up with ready-to-go lobster at the concession stand (yes, you read correctly). Now you can treat your lady to the fancy dinner she’s looking forward to whilst watching the game. These lobster poutine stak are fries covered with fresh lobster meat, cheese curds, bisque, and chives. If she’s still with you at the end of the game, these lobster fries are worthy.


Our #2: Pork Patty Melt
The Kansas City Royals have done it again, with this, the second-oddest concession food on the list. This sandwich looks as gross as it sounds. This pulled pork patty melt is a stack of hot mess. With BBQ pulled pork, fried onions, shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack cheese, bacon, and jalapeño on a skewer, this baby is held together by sugar-powdered funnel cakes. Don’t forget the diet coke for anyone on a diet.


Our #1: Deep Fried Bubblegum
Attention all you bubble gum enthusiasts out there, this is the dessert for you! The West Michigan Whitecaps, a Class A Minor League Baseball farm club for the Detroit Tigers,  have created the talk of stadiums everywhere: A tube of bubblegum, deep fried and filled with frosting. Will this stick to your stomach for 7 years? As far as whether its eaten or chewed—please, someone let us know pronto!