Saturday, July 3, 2010
Two carts that I find most intriguing are FriarFit and Gluten Free. FriarFit seems like a great idea - I always come to the ballpark to find healthy foods. Okay, but seriously, there were people in line, so someone had the right idea. But Gluten Free? I know some people need to exclude gluten from their diet, but I also partially think some people are doing it as a fad right now. We'll see if the Gluten Free cart is around next year.
Moving into the Western Metal Supply building, there are several good food stations. However, the first thing that catches my eye, is the beautiful blue glow from the bar.
Some of the best food stations are here inside the Western Metal Supply - carved brisket sandwiches, nachos with all the toppings in the world, sausages of all types (including the Sonora, which is a spicy sausage wrapped in bacon). It's all pricey, but what isn't at the ballpark. For what you get at these stations, it seems to be worth it, compared to the basic hot-dog and nacho stands.
Widmer with a lemon wedge.
The "Mercado" is a food court. They have your basics, but then they also have Rubio's and Anthony's Fish Grotto. I've eaten the fish and chips from Anthony's a few times (like once per season) and keep thinking I like it and then after I get it, realize I was mistaken...or else they've gone down hill in the last couple of years. The must for the fish and chips, is to top them both with the malt vinegar and lemon.
Now onto our favorite item at the ballpark - Rubio's shrimp burrito. A mildly spicy burrito that is packed with pinto beans, rice, salsa fresca, cheese, chipotle sauce, and shrimp that pop in your mouth.
Ruby's for burgers and Oggi's for pizza. I give kudos to Oggi's for trying something a little unique at the ballpark, their Padres slice - tomatoes (2 slices), spinach, and a few specks of feta - but it just isn't that good. I must preface this with also saying that I've never liked Oggi's pizza to begin with, so I'm not surprised that I didn't care for this one. Funny thing, though, is that I've ordered this a few times. I'll have that craving for pizza and always think it may be better than the last time. It's not, but it's pizza.
I haven't touched on Randy Jones BBQ. When the Padres were at Qualcomm, I pretty much saturated myself in Randy Jones items, so I hardly get it anymore since we've moved to the new ballpark. It may be time, though. I can't live on shrimp burritos alone.
You may have noticed I didn't mention anything sweet. I don't do sweets at the ballpark. It's probably because I'm normally drinking beer, and the ballpark doesn't have a beer that would pair nicely with ice cream. So instead, here are some of the beautiful sights at the ballpark.
We do enjoy the games and have been lucky enough to be in attendance for 2 grand slams this year! To Mark's dismay, we only saw one of the grand slams since he agreed to accompany me on my photo scenery tour, so therefore missed one of them. We heard the crowd, caught the end of it on the tv screen, but Mark may hold it against me for a little while longer.
I urge all locals to visit PETCO Park and support our #1 San Diego Padres!