Nothing gets a sports fan’s adrenaline going better than a good game. The energy from the crowd, the action on the field, the thrill of being there and seeing it live is hard to beat. Another major part of this sports ritual is food, but not everyone feels the need to eat at the stadium. While hotdogs were the original ball game food of choice, over the years tastes and trends have changed as new generations flock to arenas for events of all kinds. With this in mind, concession stands have diversified and more restaurants have opened up closer to areas, giving the event goer a broader variety of eats. So whether you’re headed to a rock concert, the circus or just a ball game, check out these five places for the best food in and around LA stadiums.
Dodger Stadium – Eastside Market Italian Deli
1013 Alpine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Known as the deli with the most delicious sandwiches, Eastside Market Italian Deli is conveniently located less than half a mile from Dodger stadium. These two-hand, open wide sandwiches will keep you full well past extra innings. The pasta is fantastic but only served on Tuesdays and Thursdays. But not to worry because the #7 (hot roast beef and pastrami with cheese) is served all week long. Whether you’re looking to sit down and fill up before the game or grab some game grub to go, these incredibly hearty sandwiches are a definite homerun. And the food is so authentic Italian you’d think the Dodgers never left Brooklyn. The best part? You can bring your tasty sandwich into the park.
Angels Stadium – The Catch
2100 E. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
Whether you’re rooting for the Angels or the opposing team, The Catch is a score no matter which side you’re on. With an offering of 20 unique draught beers, signature martinis and happy hour seven days a week, it’s no wonder The Catch is known as the Angels Gameday Headquarters even in the off season. Be sure to try the the OMG Burger that will quite literally make you say “oh my God.” It’s made with of lean ground chuck, 10 slices of cheddar cheese, half a head of lettuce with tomatoes, onions and is served with a two pound side of fries. Full menu is served only at the bar.
Staples Center – Favorite Franks
1111 S Figueroa St. Ste 3100
Los Angeles, CA 90015
For some people, grabbing a hot dog during a game seals the authenticity of being there. Somehow hot dogs just taste better at the stadium, and if you’re at the Staples Center, Favorite Franks tastes better than all of them. Located next to Sections 102, 106, 112, 113 on the main concourse, Favorite Franks is famous for its Skyscraper Dogs and Downtown Dog as well as the spicy Italian sausage and baja sausage sandwiches. Tons of cheese, sauce and toppings galore will definitely give you the validation in doing your part to support your team. Just consider the potential heartburn as part of the authenticity.
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Los Angeles Coliseum – Figueroa Philly Cheese Steak
3844 S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Home to USC’s Trojans football team, the Los Angeles Coliseum offers an impressive history as well as exciting college games and amazing concerts. And with college ball underway, you can bet the stadium will be packed with USC students and Trojan fans. As with any stadium, concession lines can be not only far too long but also far too expensive. College students in the know head across the street to Figueroa Philly Cheese Steak before and after the games to get their fill. The infamous Figueroa Philly (steak, jalapeno nacho cheese, grilled onions, peppers, and mushrooms) will not only keep you satisfied through the entire event, but also give you breath to ward off the opposing team’s heckling fans.
Dodger Stadium – Camacho’s
1000 Elysian Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
While pretzels, popcorn and hotdogs may be signature fare of a baseball game, sometimes you find yourself in the mood for something spicy. And if you happen to be at a Dodger’s game, you’ve got Camacho’s Nachos to the rescue. Located at two convenient locations, loge level (3rd Base Side) and field level (3rd Base Side), you can get a heaping pile of cheese, jalapenos, sour cream and guacamole smothered nacho chips that’s perfect for the seventh inning stretch. As with all stadium food, Camacho’s Nachos tend to be pricey but at least the napkins are included.
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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.