It’s baseball season again, which means it’s time for hot dogs, peanuts, and…nachos in a batting helmet? Yep, we love our Dodgers, and we love our amazingly varied Dodger stadium food almost as much. We’ve already spent some time looking behind the scenes at Dodger Stadium to learn more about the whole range of food offerings provided by Dodger restaurant partner Levy Restaurants. This year, we had a chance to preview some of the new menu offerings with Executive Chef Jason Tingley – and we can’t wait to share the juicy (!) details.
This year, the Dodgers opened up a new plaza area featuring Tommy Lasorda’s Pizzeria (offering Italian classics like pizza, meatballs, Italian sausage with peppers and onions, chicken parmigiana, and gelato). At our visit, Tommy Lasorda himself was on hand to give us his personal endorsement of the food. “”It better be good food if they’re going to put my name on it,” he said, while adding the caveat that the meatballs were “almost” as good as his mother’s.
Also at the new plaza, Think Blue BBQ gives fans some new barbecue options. On our visit, we enjoyed a juicy BBQ beef brisket sandwich (the brisket is smoked for at least 12 hours), an enormous Philly cheesesteak (made with provolone), and the most amazing grilled corn we’ve ever had, smothered in mayonnaise and spices. BBQ fans will also enjoy the enormous chargrilled turkey leg – which is pretty much the perfect hand-held game food, in our opinion.
The “Extreme Loaded” Dodger Dogs that fans have embraced for the next few seasons take the traditional Dodger Dog over the top. There’s the Big Kid Dog (topped with mac and cheese and Fritos); the Doyer Dog (topped with nacho cheese, chili, jalapenos, tomatoes, and onions); the Frito Pie Dog (topped with chili and cheese and Fritos); and the Heater (topped with Buffalo sauce and blue cheese slaw). New for this year is the L.A. Extreme Bacon Wrapped Dog, which is a Dodger Dog wrapped in bacon and topped with grilled peppers and onions, mustard, and mayo (“Like a fiesta on top of a bun,” says Tingley).
In case you’re not completely full yet…there’s more. Also new this year is a souvenir 64-ounce Dodger helmet filled with tortilla chips, refried beans, nacho cheese, carne asada, sour cream, and pico de gallo. Our 10-year-old took one look at this giant helmet and quipped, “And they want me to put that on my head?!?”
Last but not least, if you still have just the teeniest little bit of room for dessert, there are plenty of sweet treats all over the stadium. If you’re lucky enough to be on the suite level, you’ll probably see the dessert cart, which is loaded with every imaginable sweet treat. Our hands-down favorite was the chef’s special Lemonade Cake, which is the perfect way to end a long food-filled game: It’s light and airy, with just the perfect sweet-tart flavor to finish off a game.
Of course, we don’t condone eating like this all of the time… And if you feel the need to get something just a little bit healthier, you can always try the Marketplace for some light and fresh selections (fruit, anyone?). But for a special night at the ballpark, it’s nice to know you’re not strictly limited to burgers and dogs.
Thanks to the Dodgers and Chef Tingley for this fun behind-the-scenes tour. Now play ball!