New Food Finds At Wrigley, U.S. Cellular Field This Season
By Jim Bochnowski in Food on Apr 10, 2015 8:45PM
As the first week of baseball season winds down, games have not exactly gone the way the White Sox and Cubs had hoped. But as everyone knows, you don't always go to baseball games in Chicago to watch good teams. You go to sit in the sun and stuff your face full of delicious ballpark food. Thankfully, both teams have upgraded their menus for the 2015 season, giving bored stadium-goers additional options as they brave another long summer in Chicago. Check out some of the treats you can find at your stadium of choice this year.
U.S. Cellular Field
The White Sox organization has made a habit out of filling in niche food options at U.S. Cellular Field. To that end, they have introduced several new themed food stands around the park.
First, the big one: If you're lucky enough to score a club-level ticket to The Cell, you can buy a full on rib dinner served in a White Sox helmet, as seen above. The club level will also feature a "pizza burger," a burger patty filled with mozzarella cheese and pizza seasonings, which somehow doesn't look as horrible as it sounds and bacon flights, a tasting menu of BBQ spice, brown sugar glazed, black pepper and jalapeño bacon.
However, there's plenty of new options for the average fans. On the 100 level of the park, you can find 35th Street Tacos, a taco stand with the option of pork carnitas or beef barbacoa with cheese, onions and lettuce. For those who just dream of the simpler things in life, you can head to Maple Glazed Bacon on a Stick, which is exactly what it sounds like: a piece of bacon on a stick. To celebrate the White Sox strong tradition of Cuban-born baseball players, the team has set up Cuban Comet Sandwiches, which features traditional pressed ham sandwiches with swiss cheese, mustard and pickles.
For dessert, the team has installed Comiskey Confections (it's still Comiskey Park to most of us, by the way), which will offer "premium gluten-free desert options" such as crème brûlée cheesecake, marshmallow squares and taffy apples, as well as non-gluten options such as cupcakes.
While the new construction at Wrigley Field has not gone as hoped, at least new food options have arrived on time. The park will feature a rotating "Hot Dog of the Month," which kicks off with a sausage covered with pulled pork, barbecue sauce and coleslaw. The Friendly Confines will also offer up "Da Burger," a Cuban-style pork burger served with garlic fries. Adorably, Wrigley Field is serving the "Joe Maddon Italian Hoagie," which was first made by the Cubs' manager's aunt back in Pennsylvania and is a menu item at the family's deli in Hazleton. The Italian sandwich is topped with salami, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pepper, olive oil and onions.
Wrigley Field is also expanding its alcohol selection, serving Goose Island IPA and CH Distillery vodka for the first time, as well as introducing several Jack Daniels cocktails. The concourse will also have a mobile RumChata cart, serving four different types of mixed drinks.