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The Best Spots To Grub Before & During An Anaheim Ducks Game

If you’re coming to a foodie hotbed such as Orange County, you’d expect the restaurant scene everywhere to be poppin’.

That’s exactly the case in Anaheim, where even arenas like the Honda Center have become culinary destinations. You’ll find the vendors inside of the stadium to be just as fresh as the dining scene in the immediate area.

Foodbeast Christina Kim (@vivalastina) discovered this while attending her first-ever Anaheim Ducks game on Foodbeast’s new show Between 2 Meals. She found a couple of dope spots to fuel up for both before and during the contest.

One of the go-to spots Kim visited within the Stadium Promenade was Old Crow Smokehouse, a Chicago transplant that’s been recognized as some of the best barbecue within Orange County. They show that off in a full spread of meats that includes beer can chickens, burnt ends, ribs, and tri-tip.

You can order all of these at once via the Combo Platter, which feeds 4-6 and also includes your choice of sides like mac & cheese and cornbread.

During the game, an interesting vendor to hit up within the Honda Center is the Sierra Nevada Taproom. Kim went for the loaded fries, which come topped with items like bacon, fried chicken, and pastrami and are drenched in gravy or beer cheese sauce. It’s an elevation of stadium staples that’ll keep you fueled through overtime.

Kim only visited a couple of spots within the vicinity of Anaheim’s Honda Center, but that small sample is proof of how much of a gourmet destination this stadium can be.

Photos by Pete Pham & Marc Kharrat


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Dodger Stadium Adds Horchata Ice Cream Churro Cakes To New Menu

Dodger Dogs and nachos have always been the basic go-to eats at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, but over the last few years, they’ve stepped up their game, hoping to change your perspective of stadium food.

Dodgers’ Executive Chef Ryan Evans is not holding back on the food selection this season, adding an array of new foods, including an Horchata ice cream-topped churro cake.

About 47 percent of Los Angeles is made up of Hispanics, or Latinos, and this sweet dessert shows that the Dodgers are in tune with their city.

The warm churro cake is placed inside a Dodger helmet, similar to how their nachos are set up, then topped with their horchata-infused ice cream. They finish it off with a caramel drizzle that tasted like cajeta, a thick Mexican syrup.

While we thought the churro cake was the highlight of the new food items, we put together the 11 other new items you have to try this season.

From street corn completely covered in crushed Hot Cheeto dust, to a spicy fried chicken breast sandwiched between a couple of Belgian waffles, the eats at the stadium could be just as fun as the game itself:

Spicy Chicken and Belgian Waffles


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This sandwich debuted in the postseason last year, as the Dodgers fought for a World Series title and debuted a few new menu items for the occasion. With spicy chicken and candied bacon inside, this Belgian sammich has a mix of sweet and spicy, creating different sensations in your mouth.
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King’s Hawaiian Lobster Roll


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This guy was also introduced in the playoffs last year and was enough of a hit for them to add on the full-time menu this year. The lobster is made New England-style, meaning there’s a mayonnaise base mixed in. The fact that it’s served in a soft King’s Hawaiian roll is always a plus.
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Carne Asada Torta


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This one’s completely new, and the Dodgers really did the asada justice, being nicely seasoned and cooked to medium rare. The torta is definitely a welcoming addition to the menu.

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Spicy Chicken Sandwich


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These breaded chicken strips are tossed in Buffalo sauce, then joined by a jalapeno slaw, umami aioli, and pickles on Texas toast. If you’re the type of person who orders chicken strips wherever you go, here’s a spicy version for you.

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Hot Cheet-O-Lote


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The Flamin’ Hot Cheeto-covered street corn was obviously a hit when it debuted at the end of last season, and will now be a staple at the stadium. Covered with Hot Cheeto dust, Tajin powder, cotija cheese, and a dangerously delicious chili-lime mayo, this roasted elote is sure to be a 2018 favorite.

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Orange Chicken


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Shades of Panda Express, the orange chicken bowl is served with steamed broccoli and rice. That’s the only Chinese-inspired dish that debuts this year, but it’s a nice way to add variety.

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Veggie Burger


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It’s 2018, and the stadium world is incorporating more veggie options to its menu. The new veggie burger will consist of a pique pepper aioli, smoked gouda, Portobello mushroom, and arugula on a brioche bun.
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Pretzel Chicken Croissant


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You can throw anything in a croissant and it automatically becomes 10 times better. Filled with chicken, sundried tomato, an herb aioli, Swiss cheese, and leaf lettuce, the pretzel croissant is a nice change of pace from the standard sandwich offerings.
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Nopal Torta


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If you’re not a fan of meat, you can forego the asada torta and munch on a nopal torta. Nopales are a Mexican-style, fully cooked cactus, and the torta adds refried beans, jalapenos, cilantro, crema and pickled onions.
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Chicken Sausage Banh Mi

For a bit of Vietnamese flair, the Dodgers will be adding a banh mi. The chicken sausage is dressed with pickled carrots, onions, shredded cabbage, jalapeno, and cilantro.

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Churro Cake


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This is definitely going to be a crowd favorite. The warm cake served with cold horchata ice cream is everything you’d want from your ballpark food. (Note: The cake is bigger than the sample pictured above.)

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Nachos in a Helmet are the Best Thing You Can Eat at a Yankees Game

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America’s pastime is as much about watching tiny ants run laps around a grassy knoll once every hour, as it is about stuffing our faces with junk food. From Fritos-laden chili cheese dogs to Japanese beer slushies, baseball fans (more importantly, their stomachs) are no strangers to overindulgence. So, it’ll take a little more than a whole lot of peanuts to impress any of them.

Thankfully, the folks at Yankee stadium have just added a way to actually get people to spend even more money at a baseball game – by offering up a blue plastic Yankee helmet filled to the brim with cheesy, beefy, jalapeño and guacamole-y nachos. The whole pot goes for $20 and includes a “behemoth portion of chips,” nacho cheese, seasoned ground beef, jalapeños, salsa, and guacamole, reports Gothamist. You’ll be so ready to slip into a food coma afterward, you’ll forget you just spent $10 to wash the whole thing down with beer.

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This 18-Inch Corn Dog is Stuffed with Bacon and Cheese, Will Cost You $25

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The Arizona Diamondbacks revealed their latest ballpark offering: the new “D-bat dog.”  According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the coma-inducing corn dog measures 18-inches long *slow clap* and comes stuffed with cheese and bacon. The entire thing comes with a side of fries, of course, and will run you $25.


It’s a bit pricey but again, it’s stadium grub. At least they throw in fries in case the 18-incher doesn’t satisfy you. Heh. Catch that? Ok, that’ll do pig.

Kudos to Foodbeast writer @carolynwilley for the find!

 

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Stadium Vendor Caught Bringing Snow Cones into Bathroom Stall

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After getting caught with his pants around his ankles, a Houston Astros vendor was fired for placing a tray of snow cones on the floor of a bathroom stall while he took to the crapper next to it.

Nothing like the aroma of defecation to add that special something to one of your favorite ball game treats.

The heinous act was caught by a wtf’ed out fan who captured the memorable moment on his cell phone. Check out the clip below:

“The Astros were notified immediately by our partner ARAMARK of the incident involving a vendor on Monday night. We commend the swift reaction displayed by ARAMARK of terminating the employee immediately upon learning of the incident that evening,” stated Astros president Reid Ryan.

The stadium’s food services are run solely by Aramark; the company assured the Associated Press that the vendor’s actions were “a clear violation of our food safety practices and are not reflective of our standards.”

Although, you might want to think twice before you order that lemon-flavored snow cone at the next game.