Because below: nine of the best baseball-watching items you can look at and then eat. We’re talking foie gras hot dogs, lobster-laden fries and other good decisions that bring the best part of baseball right to your plate.
No tickets required.
The standard: Your run-of-the-mill hot dog served in a foil sheath.
The upgrade: This decadent foie gras frankfurter with condiments like blueberry-walnut ketchup and popcorn mustard. Menton Gold Bar, Boston
The standard: Stale chips covered in neon-yellow cheese.
The upgrade: This delightful combination of Carolina-style pulled pork, guacamole, smoked mozzarella, baked beans, pickled jalapeños and BBQ sauce that’ll never be threatened by rogue foul balls. Gus’s BBQ, Los Angeles
The standard: Those little personal pizzas that were made hours ago, come in a box and are two-thirds grease.
The upgrade: This larger-but-still-personal-size pizza fresh from a Chicago marine engineer’s brick oven. Robert’s Pizza Company, Chicago
The standard: A cheesesteak.
The upgrade: This cheesesteak. It’s shaved ribeye, jalapeño jack whiz, provolone, peppers and onions on a sesame baguette. And all that’s topped with crispy onions for some extra panache. Halves & Wholes, Miami
The standard: The ubiquitous vanilla ice cream stuffed between two uninspired chocolate chip cookies.
The upgrade: Your choice of ice cream nestled between two freshly fried churros that get doused in spiced sugar. Churro Borough, Los Angeles
The standard: Fritos in a bag.
The upgrade: Fritos in a bag... in a bowl. Plus all the toppings, like chili, cheddar cheese, sour cream and green onions. It’s a damn civilized Frito pie. Barrel & Ashes, Los Angeles
The standard: Cheese fries.
The upgrade: Crustacean cheese fries. In this case known as skillet lobster poutine and loaded with cheese curds and gravy. Doheney Room, Los Angeles
The standard: Bag of peanuts.
The upgrade: These rye-whiskey-roasted Brazil nuts. Because they’re a great source of selenium, sure, but mostly because of the whiskey. Copper & Oak, New York
The standard: Ice cream in a little helmet. Also, Cracker Jacks.
The upgrade: This two-for-one situation starts with a generous portion of popcorn ice cream. Top that with caramel, caramel popcorn and peanut brittle, and don’t eat it with your hands. American Cut, multiple locations