Nothing quite says summer like watching baseball at Dodger Stadium with a Dodger Dog or other great food being offered. The team’s ownership, the Guggenheim Group not only invested money in the players, but in making the stadium into a fully functional restaurant,but with something for everyone. Unlike other stadiums, where major chains or even local favorites have bought their way in, Dodger Stadium has beefed up it’s culinary delights this season. Infused with investment and a freedom to create, Chef Jason Tingley overhauled the menu and on top of serving the traditional Dodger Dogs and chicken tenders, the team has upped it’s culinary game and there are now plenty of terrific dining options. Here are some of our favorites.
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In the concourse near right field, you’ll notice that the entire back area that was previously closed off is now open for walking, shopping and most importantly, eating. Holding down the fort for patrons is Tommy Lasorda’s Trattoria which offers Italian fare with an East coast vibe. Lasorda’s gives Dodger fans a taste of the team’s early days in Brooklyn. Among the favorites here is the Pepperoni Pizza with dough that’s made soft along with a thin crust.
The Italian Sausage in right field is easily one of the best in the game. The sausage comes with light beef, and with just the right amount of peppers on top, fans who venture to right field can sink their teeth into a juicy sausage that’s filling. And, with a rich texture and a lot of flavor that goes above, but not beyond what’d you’d expect from a ballpark sausage, this sausage will stand out amongst the rest.
If you’re at Dodger Stadium and its Brooklyn roots, there’s gotta be a meatball sub on the menu. Doused in sauce with a splash of cheese, these are as close to a New York sandwich you’re going to find anywhere in Los Angeles, nevertheless the hallowed stands of Dodger Stadium. The meatballs are big and scrumptious, and if you discount the high price tag, this is one of the highlights on the new menu. Once you sink your teeth in, you won’t regret it.
Lousiana Hot Link Sausage
On the opposite end of the spectrum is a good ol hot link. Armed with a deceptively hot kick that will sneak up on you covered by a bed of cole slaw, the sausage will make anyone who’s visiting or from down South smile with appreciation that they could get something tasty and flavorful at Dodger Stadium.
Barbecue Brisket Sandwich
Drawing inspiration from the barbecue hubs from across the country, most notably Texas, the brisket sandwich is done right here. Smoked for 12-to-17 hours before, the meat is covered in a tangy barbecue sauce, red onions and a slew of sour pickle slices. When these elements are placed on a flour bun, you’ll have a nice replica of the barbecue that’s swept the middle part of this nation.
Dodger Nacho Helmet
Served in a 64 oz souvenir helmet, which you can bring home with you, the nachos are exactly what you’d expect from the ballpark, except with cheese, refried beans, sour cream, pico de gallo and carne asada. You wouldn’t expect for the small bite sized piece of steak to be tasty, yet the meat has character. With all that’s going on with the different ingredients, prepare to get messy when you sink your teeth into these delicious nachos. And while it’s easy to make nachos, it’s tough to make a memorable nacho dish and that’s exactly what they’ve done here. The nachos are available on the Field, Loge and Reserve levels.
Chef Tingley may have drawn comparisons with McDonald’s in terms of quickness, but the true inspiration for these delicious patties is In-N-Out Burger. These small burgers may not be quite In-N-Out material, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t of the highest quality. Considering the rapid turnaround time, the cheese-melted onto a beef patty with lettuce and tomato of course, go down as smoothy as a Yasiel Puig double. It’s easily the most under appreciated item on the menu, especially when you consider the other, more popular items to choose from.
Tommy Lasorda’s Trattoria Pasta Plate
Available at Tommy Lasorda’s Trattoria in right field, The Pasta Plate is one of the new favorite options at Dodger Stadium. The dish features delicious moist and juicy meatballs over penne pasta along with tasty marinara sauce. Lasorda’s Trattoria definitely delivers and will make you feel like you’re not just eating stadium food.
Extreme Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog
Taking the cue from one of Los Angeles’ favorite culinary delights, this is the bacon wrapped hot dog to end all. Unlike the ones you’re likely to grab from someone pushing a cart outside the stadium after a game, this dog will put all of those to shame. There’s a lot more going on here too, and though it’s a bit heavy with the all-beef hot dog, maple smoked bacon, peppers and onions, it’s nothing that couldn’t be washed down smoothly with a cold beer.
If you’re looking to spice up the iconic and famous Dodger Dog, look no further than the Doyer Dog. The Doyer Dog, which is essentially a Dodger Dog with chili, jalapeños and nacho cheese, pico de gallo and tomatoes, is named for the Spanish language pronunciation of the Dodgers name and is a tasty treat while you root for the home team.
Dodgers Grilled Mexican Corn
Aside from the other delicious new eats at Dodger Stadium, they are offering Mexican corn which is a must try. The tasty combination of mayo and herbs and cheese is so tasty that you’ll be craving this treat long after the game.
Aside from the delicious new food options at Dodger Stadium mentioned, other favorites include the Grilled Turkey Leg which is available at the Think Blue BBQ on the Field level, as well as the Philly Cheesesteak, Chicken and Shrimp Skewers, and the Southwest Tostada Salad. Thirsty for a drink? Stop by one of the full bars serving new cocktails inspired by the history of the Dodgers organization.
Article by Daniel Kohn