Progressive Field Food Adventures
Once upon a time, baseball was synonymous with hot dogs. Today, so much more is available, and Progressive Field is at the cutting edge of the new trend of crazy amazing food. I had the privilege to visit Progressive Field for the Astros versus Indians game with my husband and my father-in-law over Memorial Day Weekend, and let me tell you, everything was delicious.
Practically every brewery in the state had their own stall along the promenade serving both beer and food. Specialty vendors lined the walls. Local restaurants even had small stalls to serve quick food to baseball fans. There was a lot to see and a lot to eat, more than what I had available to me at Camden Yards in the previous month.
Some of the best ballpark food comes out of Progressive Field. Melt Bar and Grilled is one of the local restaurants featuring a stand at the park, and they were voted the nation’s best ballpark food in 2016. I tend to agree. We’ve visited one of their stand alone locations in the past, but the speed with which they produce an amazing grilled cheese at this kind of venue is truly amazing.
The husband and I shared a mushroom melt. They only serve half sandwiches out of the park, but that was more than enough for us after the food we had earlier in the day. It’s a texas toast grilled cheese served with spinach, assorted mushrooms, and I believe swiss cheese. The stick this bad boy into one of those roller toasters with the cheese already on it, and then they top it, cut the bread in half, and serve. The line sure as hell moved a lost faster than the 14 inning game we saw that day.
Before the game even started, however, we got a platter of Momocho nachos to accompany our giant glasses of Great Lakes beer. They fry their tortilla chips right there behind the line, and they have a variety of toppings for you to choose from. As a team, we chose carnitas, onions, pickled jalapenos, and black beans. For the record, I did forgo my pescetarian diet this week. I only kind of regret it. The food was amazing.
Baseball is changing. Gone are the days of hotdogs and peanuts. You can eat well and experience the game in a new way everywhere you go.
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