Peanuts and Cracker Jack?
By MELISSA SCHUPMANN
The Kansas City Star
How quaint. Oh, do you need more Cabernet? Stay there. Ill bring back some with a repast of blue cheese and bacon topped fries.
The food at the K is a whole new ballgame these days. Although the tasty traditions may always ring true, ballparks across the country are incorporating hometown hits, BBQ in our case naturally, for new flavors and sophistication. To get the most out of the game, prepare to arrive with an empty stomach and leave with even emptier pockets.
1. Pulled pork mac n jack sausage
Intimidating at first sight, this pepperjack sausage is topped with tender pulled pork, cheesy spiral macaroni, bacon crumbles and scallions. Served in a bun, what sounds like a mess made in heaven can actually be eaten bib-free, no fork or knife required. No one flavor outdoes the other in this perfectly portioned item. $10.50, Hot Corner Grill (express menu), Sections 221, 410
2. Cheesy corn brisket-acho
Count on Kansas City to turn traditional BBQ sides into a twist on the classic nacho. Served over a bowl of nacho chips, the cheesy corn brisket-acho features sliced brisket, cheesy corn, baked beans, coleslaw and a whole lot of BBQ sauce. Its salty and sweet, best eaten with wet wipes and a buddy. $9.50, Hot Corner Grill cart, Sections 221, 410
3. Farmland pork wings
With a tagline of Passion for Pork, Farmland Grill is new this year. The pork-filled menu is produced by Farmland Food Inc., and partnered with Boulevard to create custom bratwursts with Boulevard Wheat and Pale Ale beers. The pork wings are worth a taste, though, served from the shank over a pile of fries. The tender wings are doused in sweet and tangy BBQ sauce and are just enough for a party of one. $9.50, Farmland Grill, Section 239
4. Burnt end cheesesteak
The BBQ trend continues in this sandwich that melds the best of Kansas City (burnt ends) with a little flavor of Philadelphia. Smothered by slices of Swiss cheese, the burnt ends are buried under a mountain of green and red peppers, onions, and, of course, BBQ sauce. The flavors combine for a mouth-watering meal, but the burnt ends hit it out of the park. $10.50, Royals All-Star BBQ, Outfield Experience, Sections 221, 422
5. Royal bacon blue fries
You cant go wrong with a basket of fries for a mid-game snack, and what better to top them with than bacon and crumbly blue cheese? The serving is enough to satisfy one, which is optimal since you wont want to share. $7.75, Fry Works, Sections 216, 239
6. Wine by the glass
For the 21-and-over crowd, the ballpark offers a wide range of beer options around every corner. But if beer isnt your thing, have no fear: Wine by the glass is chilled and ready. Lovers of the grape have the option to sip on a glass of White Zinfandel, Cabernet or Chardonnay for a relaxing ballpark experience. $7.50, Captain Morgan Bar, Section 420
7. Funnel cake fries
The carnival classic gets an updated look as the flat patty is transformed into finger food in bite-size slices. The funnel cake fries are still doused in powdered sugar and the sweet treats signature taste remains finger-licking good. $5.75, Fry Works, Sections 216, 239
8. Sheridans Royal Turtle Sundae
If youve made it to the 7th inning stretch, its likely time to head over to Sheridans Fozen Custard and treat yourself. The custard chain offers a variety of its signature concretes, such as Dirt & Worms and Wedding Cake, as well as sundaes, with the option to create your own. No treat is more royal, though, than the turtle sundae, with vanilla custard, hot fudge, caramel, and roasted pecans with a cherry on top. $6.75, Sheridans Frozen Custard, Outfield Experience, Sections 419, 121