Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks… and poke?!? Yes, this is what baseball stadium food looks like in 2017, and the next time you head out to a Dodger game, you’re going to find poke bowls, funnel cakes, tater tots and more .
We recently had a chance to preview the 2017 Dodger menu, and some new items are sure to amaze and delight. That starts with the new BaseBowls, with the headliner being the new Poke Bowl (ahi tuna over sushi rice topped with edamame, cucumber, shredded carrots, wakame, sesame seeds, toragoshi, and ponzu sauce).
You can also look for Teriyaki Chicken Bowls (teriyaki chicken over rice with steamed broccoli and pineapple), a Vietnamese Rice Noodle Bowl (rice noodles with peanut sauce and vegetables); and a Kalua Pork Bowl (kalua pork with green cabbage and sweet chili sauce). “It’s gonna be killer,” said Dodgers Executive Chef Ryan Evans with a grin. The bowls can be found at 245 on the field level, 3rd base side.
Next up is Chick-N-Tots, or more specifically chicken and tater tots. The Chicken Bites are hand-breaded and marinated chicken tender pieces. The tater tots come as either Loaded Tots (tossed in fresh garlic, oil, and parmesan cheese); or Chili Cheese Tots (tater tots topped with house-made chili and cheese). The chicken and “tots” are located at Lots of Tots at stands 208 and 422.
Other new items include a Pulled Pork Dodger Dog and Smoked Big Island Lava Wings at the new King’s Hawaiian Grill (stand 251); the Shock Top Bratwurst (a bratwurst infused with Shock Top beer and served with caramelized onions and spicy brown mustard) located at the Extreme Loaded Dogs stand (Reserve 4, Loge 133, and Field 48); and the Dodger Burger, a 1/3 pound burger topped with a Dodger Dog, caramelized onions, Budweiser BBQ sauce, and a beer-battered jalapeno (Bud and Burgers stand 247).
Last but not least, if you’re still not full, there’s a new dessert stand called Trolley Dodger Treats (stand 246) that will offer homemade funnel cakes, churros, and deep-fried Oreos and Twinkies.
Of course, you can always find your old favorites all around the field, including Dodger Dogs, burgers, BBQ specialty items from Think Blue BBQ, and Italian favorites from Tommy Lasorda’s Trattoria.
Side note: Want to know some fun facts about Dodger food? There were 5,984,180 hotdogs consumed during the 2016 season, and the team expects to sell some 7 million hot dogs in 2017. Fans will eat 41,000 tortillas, 2,000 pounds of peppers, and 12,000 pounds of tomatoes. Executive Chef Ryan Evans walks more than 10 miles per game.
Dodger Stadium is also known for its fabulous giveaways – all high-quality items, given to the first 40,000 fans – which is among the most generous if not the most generous among all major sports teams.
Some fun upcoming giveaway events include Yoga Day (May 21), which includes a Dodgers yoga mat and post-game yoga session on the field; Hello Kitty Night (May 25), which includes a Hello Kitty Dodgers t-shirt; and our personal food-themed favorite: a chip and salsa dish giveaway on May 8.
See you at the ball park – and come hungry!
Blogger disclosure: The Dodgers invited me to a preview of 2017 food offerings. I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.