|The awesomeness that is bacon on a stick|
That said, I will go just about anywhere to have a food adventure. And so when I was invited to take part in the Foodie Tour at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, I put all my sports ennui aside and threw myself into the spirit of the thing.
The deal is this: Camden Yards is part of a growing number of ballparks highlighting local and regional cuisine rather than simply serving up wan hot dogs and institutional slop. A whole bunch of new items have been added to the stadium offerings in honor of the park's 20th anniversary. Foodie Tour participants were given a ticket listing eight items, each of which were available at no charge for a limited time:
|Ready, set ... eat!|
First up: The crab mac and cheese dog from Stuggy's.
That said, it's a fun idea and I didn't hate it. Maybe this would have worked better for me if I had a fork and a knife.
Next we tried the Camden Giant, a burger topped with a crab cake, courtesy of much beloved area franchise Gino's:
But I suggest that you save your calorie allottment for the beer battered soft shell crab sandwich from the Old Bay Seafood Stand:
By the way - get a load of those seats we were comped. Right behind home plate! I actually cheered when the guy with the stick hit the ball and everyone ran around the bases. Neat.
Another hit: Boog's pit beef sandwich (as in former Oriole Boog Powell):
Finally we hit up the Jack Daniels stand to score some bacon on a stick (that's what I'm chomping on in the top photo).
The answer: nothing.
In my defense, I already wrote about the tacos here, I figured I had ingested enough carbs without adding a pretzel to the mix, and I just couldn't see having a salad at the ballpark.
Overall, I have to say that was some pretty decent grub for a ballpark. There are worse things than grazing your way through a stadium's offerings, watching a ballgame on a breezy summer evening, and taking in some local color and scenery: