San Francisco Giants fans are blessed with superb pitching, sweeping bay vistas from the upper levels of AT&T Park and some of the best ballpark eats in the majors.
As a Giants season ticket holder, I attend dozens of games each season with my girlfriend, Wakako, who's got over 1,000 Yelp reviews and is always wanting to sample new tastes. As you can imagine, we've pretty much eaten everything on offer here.
These are my top 10 picks:
1) Cha Cha Bowl: At Orlando's Caribbean Barbecue, behind the center field bleachers and on the view level. This flavorful mix has jerk-style seasoned chicken, black beans, rice and pineapple zucchini salsa with habanero or barbecue sauce on the side. Wako's tip for vegetarians: Bring an avocado from home and order it without the chicken.
2) Crazy Crab Sandwich: This super sandwich, which has an insane amount of local dungeness crab stuffed between a couple of thick sourdough slices, will set you back $15. But it's worth every penny. Sold at the Crazy Crab Wharf on the Promenade Level. This one made Men's Health magazine's "Best Ballpark food in the U.S." list.
3) Tres Nachos: Found at multiple Tres Agaves locations, along with some killer margaritas! Big enough for two, but you'll want them all to yourself. Wako's tip: "Jalapeños, por favor!"
4) Ahi Tuna Sandwich: Only available at the California Cookout on the promenade level by O'Doul Gate. Medium rare ahi tuna grilled to perfection, topped with a tangy olive tapenade and served on a ciabatta-style bun.
5) Garlic Fries: A perennial AT&T favorite. Available at Gilroy Garlic Fries stands, as well as other vendors throughout the park. You can practically smell 'em from your seats -- just follow your nose.
6) Sheboygan Bratwurst: My favorite of all the frank fare. Wako's tip: It is IMPERATIVE that you order these from one of the Doggie Diners that grill them fresh.
7) Stinking Rose 40 Clove Chicken Sandwich: The famed North Beach restaurant lends its recipe to this surprisingly stinkless star of a sandwich. Available at A Taste of North Beach Italian concession.
8) Beef and Broccoli Combo Bowl: At Edsel Ford Fong's Chinese food cart. Surrender to the sumptuous smells of sizzling wok delights, like the beef and broccoli bowl combo. It comes with an egg roll and a heaping serving of fried rice, and at under $10, it's arguably the best value in the ballpark. Wako's tip: Vegetarians can substitute beef for more broccoli. And don't forget the siracha sauce!
9) Polish Kielbasa: Half a pound. Seven bucks. 'Nuff said!
10) Ghirardelli Chocolate: Rarely is it warm enough to eat ice cream at Giants games. Rarely do I care. Local chocolatier Ghirardelli's fudge sundaes and root beer floats are pure bliss anytime, even in those 48-degree July night games. Hey, at least it's warmer than it was at Candlestick!