Camden Yards – Play Ball!

19 04 2010

The Orioles just opened their season last week, and I am pretty sure they have not won a game yet! It just hasn’t been the same without Cal Ripken. Fortunately, there is always interesting food to be found at a baseball game, win or lose. Our favorite JCR contributor, Phil, attended an O’s game last week and provided us with his take on the food. Without further ado, here’s Phil –

Phil: Just got back from Camden Yards and I feel that the only way to forget about another Orioles loss is to do a ballpark food review!

As in most stadiums around the country Oriole Park at Camden Yards has your typical ballpark fare (hot dogs, burgers, peanuts, beer, etc.) and ridiculously high prices. The O’s though let you bring in outside food, so if you’re cheap and don’t want to spend 20 bucks for a hot dog and a drink you can still go to the game and not drain the old bank account.

But, where’s the fun in that!?

So here’s a review of a few items you might want to get if you see a baseball game in Baltimore…

Boog’s BBQ

This is the food stand to hit when you go to the Yard. The owner and namesake of this stand is Oriole great and 1970 AL MVP Boog Powell. During most game days Boog is at his stand ready to chat or sign an autograph. The menu at the stadium includes beef, turkey, or pork sandwiches ($9 each) and sides of beans or coleslaw ($1 each). This trip included beef and turkey sandwiches.

As you can see in the picture to the side, both the beef and turkey are easy on the eyes. The load of meat has rich color and isn’t drenched in juices that ruin the overall sandwich. The meat at Boog’s is juicy, smoky, and flavorful all on it’s own. These sandwiches don’t need any sauce to taste great, but if you want a little BBQ sauce on your bun a sweet BBQ sauce is available. I personal think the beef has a little more flavor compared to the turkey, but both are great. I’m usually complaining about the bun selection at pit beef sandwich places around Baltimore, but Boog’s holds its own and is fresh, not flaky. The $9 price tag might seem like a lot, but for the best food item in the whole stadium it’s well worth it.

Boog also operates two BBQ joints in Ocean City, Maryland that have a full menu that includes everything above and BBQ chicken, brisket, sausage, ham, wings, and ribs. Sounds good to me, hopefully a visit is on the horizon!

Boog’s Barbecue

Grille Dogs

Ok, right across from Boog’s is a sausage stand that has better (and more expensive) hot dogs than the rest of the stadium. This stand has two options: a foot long grille dog ($5) and an Italian Sausage ($6.75). The grille dog is massive, tasty, and has a nice snap. It tastes a little like a Hebrew National hot dog, so if you like that you’re good.  The Italian Sausage was a little small and tasted like any Italian Sausage that you could get at any stadium or state fair. It was decent, but not worth $6.75.  The buns on both the dog and sausage tasted a little stale and couldn’t compare to the rolls from Boog’s. The sausage comes with peppers and onions, but I don’t really like giant slabs of onions so I passed. I know, I know, it probably would make the sausage taste better, but whatever. I likes what I likes. Overall, I would recommend the foot long grille dog, but pass on the Italian Sausage. As you can see in the picture I had a little difficulty getting the mustard out of the pump. I mean I like mustard, but jeez…

Both Boog’s and Grille Dogs are located on Eutaw Street in Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Eutaw Street also has a kosher deli, lots of beer options, lemonade, Boardwalk Fries, etc. It’s the best place for food at an Orioles game.

If you’ve been to the Yard let us know what you think of the food and the best ballpark in baseball!

Since this was my first baseball game of the year, I would imagine a few more of these stadium food reviews are coming as the season moves on.

QUICK UPDATE: My review of Weinerschnitzel is coming, but I took some pictures and video when I was out west and I wanted to put a little something together to wrap up the whole West Coast Fast Food Road TripTM. So it’ll be a couple of days for that to hit Jamie’s blog!

Jamie: Thanks Phil. As always, post a comment and let us know what you think about fast food at sporting events!




2 responses

21 04 2010

Smokey’s BBQ has better sandwiches than Boogs!

22 04 2010

Beez, you just hatin’. Is that Smokey’s BBQ in Eldersburg? I’m reviewing just Camden Yards not all of Baltimore! DUR

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