My favorite thing about going to the ballpark has nothing to do with baseball. I'm that girl who seems unaware of the score, the players and the rules of the game. You know, the one you worry will be knocked out when a fly ball sails into the stands? Yep, that's me. What am I doing instead of paying attention to the game? I'm calculating how close my seat is to the various food and beverage stands in the stadium. Yep, I'm all about the food.
And ballparks are some of the best places to taste regional treasures. I've eaten a 10-foot Dodger Dog in Los Angeles, warmed up with a hot bowl of New England Clam Chowder in Boston, munched on Gilroy Garlic Fries and a crab sandwich in San Franciso and devoured fish tacos in San Diego.
That's why I'm really excited about the Braves' new food and beverage stands. Beginning with Friday's (April 8) home opener, Turner Field will present four newly renovated food and beverage stands throughout the stadium, including McCann’s Burgers, Smokehouse BBQ, Coors Light Rocky Mountain Beer Garden and Camarena Tequila Stand.
Oh yeah, in case you actually care about baseball, the Braves will play the Philadelphia Phillies Friday. Now, here's some more information about the Braves' new menu.
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Smokehouse BBQ concession stand: This six-foot-long Southern Pride smoker in Fan Plaza will serve smoked meats such as brisket, turkey legs, pulled pork and smoked chicken.
Coors Light Rocky Mountain Beer Garden: Located in Fan Plaza, nearly 25 different types of craft beers, including -- you guessed it -- Coors Light will be available. You can also order Leinenkugels, Peroni and Blue Moon.
Camarena Tequila: Located near section 222 on the terrace level, frozen and shaken margaritas will be made-to-order with your choice of Camarena Tequila.
McCann’s Burgers: Located in Fan Plaza, these new burger shacks will feature fresh (not frozen) burgers, hand cut fries, Georgia sweet onion rings and traditional milkshakes.
Forget the peanuts and cracker jacks, buy me some pulled pork and margaritas I won't care if I ever get back.
If you're planning a summer vacation, add the local ballpark to your agenda and you'll get to try some new dishes and, if you want, watch some baseball. Check out Sports Illustrated's top ballpark food options at sportsillustrated.cnn.com.