Hot Dogs, Pretzels and Beer: Baseball Season Food Picks!

Whether you’re buying your date popcorn, peanuts or Cracker Jack, chances are you’ve craved some of these baseball season staples when you’re at home. We have our top picks, from nachos and beer-infused recipes to ballpark pizza and brats. Keep reading for our favorite picks that deserve to be up to bat instead of sitting on the sidelines!

What is better than a warm Spring or Summer day out at the ballpark with your friends and family? I have amazing memories of being taken to Wrigley Field as a kid, which then turned into a few (Senior Ditch) days at the field, more than 75 nights out in Wrigleyville the summer I turned 21 and plenty of times sitting at home with the radio turned up, the grill ready to go and a couple of friends enjoying the lazy days of Summer. Baseball is synonymous with life in Chicago for anyone who grew up in the city; the only choice to be made was Cubs or White Sox. Growing up on the North side with most of my family living in the Wrigley area, there was no question that our family bled Cubbie blue.

I recently enjoyed a night out at the Wrigleyville Rooftops; I highly recommend the experience to anyone looking to celebrate an engagement, a bachelor party or a big birthday. Food and drinks are included in the price; there are plenty of stations to grab a beer and the food is terrific, too. Whether you’re craving a brat or a zesty side salad, this place has you covered. You can enjoy the floor-to-ceiling windows that allow a view of Wrigley from the indoors or you can do it right by heading to the roof to enjoy the weather and socialize with your fellow fans. Make sure to eat a bit so that you don’t overdo it with the beer!

This is a food-related marker currently residing on the corner of Addison and Clark that I took a picture of a couple of weeks ago. If that doesn’t make you hungry, what will?

Below I am sharing an array of recipes that I associate with this season. Some are classic, some are spicy…all knock it out of the park!

Spicy Popcorn on the Grill
Red White and Blue Nachos
Top Notch Nachos
Sugared Peanuts
All-Star Veggie Burger
Burstin’ with Flavor Burgers
Cheddar Bacon Hamburgers
Blue Ribbon Burgers
Hamburger Buns
Settler Beans
Cincinnati Chili
Chili Stuffed Brats
Classic Backyard Beer Brats
Brats and Beer on the Grill
Crockpot Sweet Potatoes and Polish Sausage
Beer and Molasses Barbecue Sauce

Do you have a favorite recipe that reminds you of days at the ballpark? Do you like to cook with beer? I’m in the middle of reading the Never Cook Sober cookbook and it’s awesome! Let me know what you love to snack on at the park or grill at home in the COMMENTS!

Until next time,


Photo Credit: Hot dog courtesy of joyosity on Flickr

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  • Abby

    I loveeeeeee eating at the White Sox games! They have the best food!

  • Gerry

    Love bball brats…

  • Charles

    I love beer brats

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