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March 23, 2011

The new food at Oriole Park

boog Delaware North  Companies Sportservice and the Orioles invited the press down this morning for a look at and taste of some of the new food they've come up with for Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

At the entrance -- trays of Berger cookies. This was a sign, of sorts, that Delaware North Sportservice had come through on the promise it had made to bring local flavors and vendors to Oriole Park

All of these items we tasted will be available at locations in general concessions throughout the stadium.

Some of these are premium items -- if you don't want them, you don't have to have them. Regular old hot dogs will be still be for sale, too.

Boog Powell was there. He and Sportservice are introducing the Big Boog, a new superhuge pit beef, pork, and turkey sandwich. It looks like a slider in his hands but is actually really big!

A few of the items we tried are intended as the stadium's new "signature item," Baltimore exclusives that Sportservice has been working on for months, inspired, at least in part by the culinary bus tour of Baltimore Delaware North executives and chefs took last December:

Polack Johnny's Sausage

Old Bay Wings

The Camden Yards Crab Cake -- more on this later.

Natty Boh Brats

The Birdland Dog -- an Esskay frank topped with smoked pit beef, Little Italy pepperoni hash, stewed tomato jam and crispy fried onions.

The Rolling Crab -- a spring roll filled with crabmeat, peppers, pepper jack cheese, flashfried on a traditional roller grill.

Beer-battered soft-shell crab sandwich

The O's Pretzel -- it's in the shape of an the Orioles' "O."

Some of the items are tweaks of popular items at other Delaware North venues:

The Little Italy Meatball sub -- served with romano cheese, garlic and fresh basil.

The chop house & egg sandwich, kind of a nighttime version of a sandwich that's been a big hit at football games at other Sportservice venues.


Baltimore Sun photo/Barbara Haddock Taylor
Posted by Richard Gorelick at 3:20 PM | | Comments (26)


And? How did everything taste?

Traif, traif, and more traif. Plus, that Birdland dog sounds like a heart attack in a bun. I bet it'll sell well, though.

Where can I get some samples. FREDTERP

I heard that the new company is cutting the vendor's commission by almost half! I wonder if they are going to pass that saving on to the fans?

Yeah, I doubt it.

It will be sad if these ball-park characters, many of whom have been with the team since before the move from Memorial Stadium, are pushed out so the new firm can just make more money.

The O’s pretzel should be a big favorite. It will be a reminder of how many runs the Orioles score in mast games.


Why not mention all the restauants that have been sucking wind around Camden Yards for the last 10 years. These guys need those O's fans more than ever. HELLO

No wonder Baltimore has the most fat people of all the states I have lived in!

Will there be gluten free options?

I'm all in favor of negative snark when it is coming from me, but I don't find it nearly as charming when it doesn't.

For the first time in many years, I have a good feeling about this season. I'll also say that there are some interesting new food items. Some may work better than others, but at least there is an attempt to cater to the locals, as opposed to chasing after the D.C. crowd with a bunch of pretentious fare that has no place at a ballpark.

I can't believe this - I agree with "NYFoodie."

It's all well and good - but spend your $'s outside the ballpark - and help your community.

But the Birdland Dog sounds SWEET. Washed down with Natty Boh on tap. Mmmm.

What about real beer? Did they announce the craft beer selections?

@Robert of Cross Keys: Agree.

It's about time we had a refresh at the ballpark concession stands.

This is very, very cool! I am proud that Sportservice adopted Baltimore traditions with the food. And there is some really interesting things here, like the Birdland Dog. I love Old Bay wings, and Natty Boh brats - which I cooked up last night. And I grew up on Johhny's (will the dogs be available, too?)

I was curious if this new vendor would make a difference from Aramark, and so far I'm impressed. Such small changes will really do wonders...

Just Say Noh to Natty Boh!! Support Local Beer!!!

Tim, STFU. Most of us DO support local beer, it doesnt mean we cant have a Boh here and there. Get of your high horse I am allowed to drink what I want. Ill have a loose cannon, and a Rezzie, 9 times out of 10. But every once and awhile, I want a natty boh, there is nothing worong with that.

any idea about the cost of these ?

I would love to know if Feral Hill is correct on the commision claim. Richard, can you dig a little and let us know?

If I am going to the game I will eat and drink at the Pratt Street Ale House and then go to the park. The only thing better than local beer is local beer on cask.

So the general food options look slightly less crappy.

But I don't see a mention of Attman's anywhere!!?? If they're gone (again), it negates any improvement elsewhere.

I'm on it

No more Uncle Teddy's pretzels?

Dear Delaware North Sportservice: Vegetarians love baseball too, and we are more than willing to spend our hard-earned cash at the ballpark, if you give us something we can eat.

I guess, if I'm lucky, I'll still be able to hike down to the stand behind homeplate and spend $8 on a shrunken veggie hotdog in an oversized bun. Whee.

Better yet, I'll just make sure not to arrive at Camden Yards hungry.

@sas - Baltimore isn't a state...

Anonymous: For those of us that absolutely despise the yellow, fizzy lager (like Natty Boh), having a readily available selection of craft and local beer is a hugely important concern. We want to make sure that Natty Boh isn't being pawned off as some sort of local option when it is clearly not. Have a Natty Boh if you want, but I hope you are able to wash your mouth out after drinking it.

Mitch, why does it seem that people that enjoy good / more flavorful beer look down on people that like to have a natty boh or, god forbid, a miller light. I understand that it may not be your thing but why do these people have to pass judgement on people based on the beer they drink? Especially at a baseball game?

I like my quality craft beers too guys but there's something about drinking Natty Boh or the equivalent type beer and munching on salty peanuts that just feels right when going to a baseball game.

James, I think the biggest reason for that perception is that quite a few drinkers (though probably not even a majority) simply use the macros as an alcohol delivery system. I don't know if you've ever been seated immediately in front of some drunk idiot heckling and shouting profanity as he chugs a beer an inning, but it is not a pleasant way to watch the ballgame.

More, I think that many of us are quite vocal in voicing our opinion because we are trying to change the availability of craft beer at our favorite places to visit. I attend somewhere between 15 and 20 professional games per year (spring training, Orioles, minors, other majors), and I am willing to pay a premium for good beer. I want the food service company to know this so that they will serve what I want to buy. I don't particularly like having to walk halfway around the ballpark to get a beer that I find worth paying for.

I don't know if you've ever been seated immediately in front of some drunk idiot heckling and shouting profanity as he chugs a beer an inning

Were you the guy behind me complaining to the usher?

You know, sitting through twelve straight losing seasons does not lend itself to sobreity.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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