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(Credit: Harry How/Getty Images)


Tis the season, baseball season that is. And there’s nothing better than catching an opening game at Dodgers Stadium. The electric pulse of the crowd when Adrian Gonzalez or Matt Kemp is at bat can only be topped when the score is tied and the pressure is on Clayton Kershaw. The game will be filled with cheers and jeers as well as typical stadium style over priced food and beverages. Sure, a cup of beer and a Dodger Dog are part of the experience but relying on stadium food for a sustainable meal can empty your wallet pretty quick. Most seasoned Dodger fans grab a bite to eat nearby before any game. There are lots of places around the stadium to choose from but you’ll be sure to knock it out of the park with any of these five eateries on opening day.
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(credit: Belle B./Yelp)


Eastside Market Italian Deli
1013 Alpine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 250-2464
www.esmdeli.com

Before a game, after a game and pretty much any time at all, Eastside Market Italian Deli is going to deliver a home run. Whether you’re looking for a hearty sub like meatballs, sausage, or pastrami and roast beef combo or some really great pasta and lasagna dishes you simply can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Lines can get long but service is fast so you won’t have to worry about missing the first pitch.

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(credit: Nicole O./Yelp)


The Park
1400 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 482-9209
www.thepark1400sunset.com

With a wide variety menu you’ll easily find whatever you’re in the mood for at The Park. From spicy chicken sandwiches to duck confit, smoked mussel pasta and pulled bbq pork to a smoked turkey bacon avocado club everything and everything in between; you simply can’t make a bad play. The dining room is casual but can get filled fast. Calling in your order makes things easier as The Park has a great record for togo orders.

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(credit: Partyearth)


The Short Stop
1455 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 482-4942

Neighborhood dives are always a great place to catch a couple of beers and snacks before a game. The Short Stop is a favorite of not just baseball fans but pretty much everyone in LA. Great jukebox, friendly bartenders and a photo booth already guarantee a great time. Throw in a couple of cheap beer and shot specials and you might not want to leave. Many Dodgers fans make stopping at The Short Stop a pre and post game ritual.

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(credit: Philip R./Yelp)


The Park’s Finest
1267 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 481-2800
www.theparksfinest.com

Combine the American traditions of baseball and delicious BBQ with some Filipino flavor and you’ve got the best greatest day ever. The Park’s Finest serves only the best cuts of meat marinated and cooked to tender, fall-off-the-bone amazingness. Short ribs, chicken, coconut beef, hot links and tri tip, all seasoned and savory with tangy BBQ sauce. You’ll might arrive at the game a little messy but you’ll definitely arrive happy. And full.

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(credit: Tiffany L./Yelp)


GIGO’s Cafe & Deli
853 N. Broadway St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 229-8889

Before and after a game GIGO’s Cafe & Deli is a great stop for delicious Vietnamese cuisine. Top quality meats like steak and filet mignon added to a bowl of soup can really hit the spot. Broken rice on the side of a big serving of pho and beef brisket is way more satisfying than anything you can get at the stadium. The Cha gio ha and nem nuong rolls with shrimp are the go to appetizers and the Vermicelli with shredded pork and meatballs is a definite grand slam.

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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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