It may be a chilly day at the ballpark, but you can bet the kitchen partner and I will be celebrating the Minnesota Twins home opener today. We both have a half-day of work and then we’re off to Target Field to enjoy some sunshine and baseball.
What does a local food blog have to say about the Twins? A lot actually. Target Field concessions (and many other MLB Ballparks) are beginning to see the value in adding local food to their roster. If you know where to look for them, Target Field offers a full line-up. Some come from top Twin Cities restaurants, others from farmers and growers around the state. If you have a heart for local beers there’s an option there too.
I won’t comment on the Twins chances this year, except to say tickets will likely be a bit cheaper than in seasons past. If you haven’t been to the ballpark, this is the year to take in a game. If you have, this is the year to eat local while you’re there. Here’s what’s on the menu:
Original Twins Dog, Twins Big Dog, the Dugout Dog and the Dinger Dog (available in most sections and portables) are manufactured by Schweigert meats at a facility in Albert Lea, MN. Schweigert is a division of Cargill and has been around since the 1930′s. Although I’m not a huge supporter of processed meat products, upgrade to the Twins Dog if you must have a hot dog at the ballpark. At least you know it has some local ties.
Kramarczuk’s Sausages (available in Sections 112, 117, and 312). Check out the Find it Local Friday: Sausage post to learn more about these famous Twin Cities favorites. This year brats, Polish and Hungarian sausages are back on the menu. Don’t forget the sauerkraut!
Murray’s Steak Sandwich (available in Mill City Grill’s stands, section 105, 118, and 319). I don’t typically have the whopping $11.50 to shell out for a sandwich at the game. If you don’t mind the price tag, this is the sandwich to try. Made with the iconic Murray’s Steakhouse recipe in mind, the sirloin sandwich is served on a fresh roll from Franklin Street Bakery in Minneapolis. Tasty. If you can afford it!
Turkey to Go (available in Section 112, 113, 317, and 318) Made famous at the Minnesota State Fair, the turkey to go sandwich is a partnership with the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association. The sandwiches can be deliciously messy (warning!) and are served with Minneapolis-based Ken Davis BBQ sauces.
Walk A Taco (available in Señor Smoke’s -Section 105 and 305). These are one of my favorite things to get at the ballpark. Created by El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul, Walk a Tacos are a taco shell made into a cone shape, filled with lettuce, cheese, sour cream, beans or chicken. Fabulous. Absolutely fabulous.
MinneApple Pie (available in Section 133). Debuted last year, MinneApple pie can be found in the State Fair Classics stand in center field. It’s made by Minne’s Diner in Rogers, MN and if you ask nicely (and pay a few extra $$), it’s served warm with a scoop of Land ‘O Lakes vanilla ice cream.
Angie’s Kettle Corn (available on the Plaza and by portables). This Mankato company has made a big name for itself in recent years, and for good reason. It’s simple, crunchy and free of artificial flavors, preservatives and corn syrup. If you need something to munch on it’s FAR better than the regular popcorn at Target Field. I’ve tried most of the popcorn vendors and am always disappointed with the salty artificial taste. Now if I’m in the mood for popcorn I stick to Angie’s.
Minnesota Brews (available in Sections 126 and 320). The Minnesota Twins do their best to work around a hefty contract with Anheuser-Busch to provide local craft beers at the ballpark. If you’re interested in a cold (and local) one during the game, the Minnesota Brews carts are the best stop. They offer several Summit and Grainbelt brews, Finniegans, Red Bridge, Lift Bridge, and Surly Draft. Stop in at the Townball Tavern if you’d like a Fulton.
Looking forward to another great season Twins fans!