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April 4, 2011

Opening day for new food at Oriole Park

bigboogI'm headed down to Camden Yards in a bit for Opening Day. I'll be on the Lower Concourse, mostly, eating. I was impressed with what I had at the media tasting Delaware North Companies Sportservice held a few weeks ago. But the real test is today.

High on my list: the "Big Boog," the National Bohemian bratwusts and the crabcake. Take a look at what else new awaits fans today.

Oh, I will also have prices for you.

I loved the story about the enigmatic Vladimir Guerrero that Kevin Van Valkenburg and Jeff Zrebiec have into today's paper, especially this passage.

In Montreal, (Guererro) started a tradition that continues to this day. Before each home series, Guerrero will write down the names of all the Spanish-speaking players and coaches coming to town. Then he will take the list to his mother, Altagracia Alvino, who has moved with him (along with the rest of his family) to every city he has played in during his career. She spends hours in the kitchen, cooking food for all the Latin players — typically beans and rice mixed with chicken, beef, pork or fish — trying to give them a little taste of home. Guerrero, who has made close to $118 million in salary during his career, will then take the food to the park in plastic bags and distribute it to the players and coaches.

Don't feel like spending money inside the stadium? Here's a photo gallery of restaurants nearby.

I just noticed this! The Baltimore Sun's new Home Run Database.

Baltimore Sun photo/Barbara Haddock Taylor

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 11:00 AM | | Comments (5)


sounds like momma guerrero and vlad are both class acts. too bad i had class today and couldn't make it to the game.

also beer prices would be awesome - i need to know what my options are for student night. got to take advantage of the relative cheapness of the yard before i move to the home of last year's world series champs!

Natty Boh draft $7.50, imports $8

service was very slow...they need a lot of work...kind of annoying that all of the beer vendors serve every beer and were constantly out of good bber and only bud heavy left all day...Aramark ran the stadium a lot more efficiently

$7.50 for a BOH?!?! I remember when you could buy a whole case for that!

I looked for all the new food vendors; couldn't find them on the lower concourse. Looked for the microbrew place on the 3rd base side; couldn't find it. The usual green-awning cart was folded up in the corner.

Granted, it was impossible to get anywhere near most vendors since the place was packed. As anon noted, they didn't seem to be ready for the crowds. So it all may have been there, I just couldn't see it.

I ended up with the usual awful hot dog and a cold pretzel.

Next game, when there are 12,000 people in attendance - maybe then I can find the good stuff!

They made such a big deal about all of there new items but only put them in one or two places! The item I did try was awlful. Meatball sub 1 star

They made a big deal about the crabcakes but once again, only one location like last year but raised the price and the size is now smaller.

Overall I thought all of the portions were less then prior year but the prices went up. At least ARAMARK was consistant!

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You are reading the archives. For updated blog posts about the Maryland food scene, see Richard Gorelick's new Baltimore Diner blog.
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.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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