The baseball season is officially here, which means a lot of people will be headed to the ballpark in the coming months, and eating plenty of stadium food. And while lots of ballparks these days are adding more gourmet food choices, it seems most people will stick with a game day staple – the hot dog.
A survey by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council find that fans are expected to chow down on 18.3 million hot dogs and nearly four million sausages during the coming baseball season. Los Angeles Dodgers fans projected to eat the most hot dogs this season, about 2.7 million, with Chicago Cubs fans coming in a distant second with 1.2 million hot dogs.
As for sausages, San Francisco Giants fans are projected to consume the most, about 450,000, followed again by Cubs fans, who’ll consume bout 400,000. Interestingly, hot dogs are by far more popular than sausages in all ballparks, except Brewers’ Miller Park, which is the only stadium where sausage sales are higher than hot dogs.
But in a lot of parks, folks won’t be eating just your plain old hot dog and mustard (no ketchup), with many MLB stadiums offering gourmet options,including:
- Arizona Diamondbacks– The "Big Jalapeño Popper Dog," a foot-long hot dog with roasted jalapeño cream cheese, bacon, crispy jalapenos, and onions and the "All Day Breakfast Dog," with hash browns, country gravy, cheddar cheese, bacon, fried eggs, hot sauce and green onion onto an 18-inch hot dog.
- Chicago Cubs- The "Southwest Fiesta Specialty Hot Dog," a beef frank topped with chili-lime crema, pico de gallo, tortilla strips and house-made pickled peppers.
- Detroit Tigers' - The "Coney Dog Egg Roll," an egg roll stuffed with cut-up hot dogs and chili, drizzled in mustard and sprinkled with onions.
- Texas Rangers- the "RWB (Red, White & Blue) Dog,” a beef frank, flanked by red and blue pickle relish, pleasing the palate with a blend of savory, sweet and spice.
- Minnesota Twins- the "Boomstick,” a two-foot-long dog smothered in chili, nacho cheese, grilled onions and jalapeños.