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June 29, 2009

Where is the veggie food at Camden Yards?


After PETA named Camden Yards one of the Top 10 veggie friendly ballparks, the messages from B'More Green readers were a little mixed, to say the least. Some said they found NO options.

One reader did some more digging, er, eating, and wrote in to say that Pastimes Cafe on Eutaw Street did carry several options, such as wraps, salads, veggie dogs. (Thanks Chris for the work!) But, Chris noted, that there were no signs. And besides pizza and fries, not a lot of option in other parts of the park.

So, I called management. David Freireich, a spokesman for Aramark, the park's food service company, says that veggie items just aren't that popular. Even the Maryland crab cake is only offered in one place because, he said -- GASP! -- it also is not that popular. (He's clearly from not from here.)

He put me in touch with the local general manager, Nick Biello, who basically said the same thing, but added some numbers:

In the last 39 games, the average number of regular hot dogs sold per game was 4,517, or more than half of the sales for all main food items. The park sold 1,194 chicken fingers and 1,537 Boog's sandwiches.

Crab cakes? 167. Veggie burgers? 3. Veggie dogs? 2.

Perhaps if managers would sell veggie food in more than one place or advertise just a little? Visitors to Pastimes don't find out that there are veggie dogs and burgers until they are at the front of the line and see the 8x10" black and white signs with prices ($4.75 for dogs and $8 for burger, same as the regular kinds).

Though, Biello said they do advertise in the A-Z section on the Orioles Web site and in an Os magazine. 

He maintains there isn't enough demand to warrant veggie options in other parts of the park, and there are the difficulties of dedicating grill space (our investigators say there were microwaved and not grilled). Further, he doesn't want to overwhelm each station with so many choices the line backs up. 

He said 85 percent of park goers hit Eutaw Street during the game, so it's the best place to offer veggie food, if it's only going to be in one place.

If you'd like to tell Nick your thoughts on this, he said he honestly wants to hear them. He wants you to enjoy your day at the park, including your food. He graciously offered his e-mail: If you contact him, let me know, too.

Keep reading for a list of some veggie stuff available at Pastimes. 

Ceasar salad

Spinach salad

Fresh fruit cup

Garlic fries

Veggie wrap

Veggie panini

Fruit and yogurt parfait

Tomato and basil salad

Fresh fruit cobbler

Gourmet cupcakes



Cole slaw

Potato salad



Veggie burger

Veggie dog

French fries

Nachos with cheese

Cheese and veggie pizza

Photos by Meredith Cohn at Camden Yards

Posted by Meredith Cohn at 7:00 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: News


why is it surprising that the crab cake isn't a big seller at the ballpark? who from baltimore would expect or want a crab cake from there? you know it'll be over priced and we all know where to get better crab cakes than one would expect to receive at a ballpark.

Is Jello really vegetarian?

Provided it doesn't have gelatin. It's status in nature is another question. --MC

After hearing the PETA announcement, I was looking for vegetarian food at the ballpark and had no idea where to go. I wish they would at least advertise where to find the vegetarian food in the stadium. Maybe over the PA or on the scoreboard in between innings. I can only eat so many soft pretzels...

Why would you assume jello doesn't have gelatin? I've been a gelatin-eschewing vegetarian for eight years and I'm pretty sure that anything called jello is made of gelatin.

Anyways, thanks for posting this. I saw the PETA when I moved to Baltimore and was totally disappointed when I went to the ballpark and couldn't find anything vegetarian aside from fries. I will try to seek out a veggie dog next time I'm there!

Salad and Pizza's are my favorite.

"Why would you assume jello doesn't have gelatin? I've been a gelatin-eschewing vegetarian for eight years and I'm pretty sure that anything called jello is made of gelatin."

Jello with a lower-case 'j', used to refer to any clearish, fruity, jiggly dessert. There are several health food store vegetable-based 'jello' products available. Also, most grocery stores nowadays have 'jello' with fruit in it (del monte? dole?) that is non-gelatin. Aldi has full-on 'jello' cups that are non-gelatin.

i could not find anything vegetarian besides frenchfries. i saw about 8 hamburger stands and 5 hotdog stands all in the covered area of the park. now i didnt have the time to walk around on eutaw street because we got there 10 minutes befor the game started but i did look in the covered area. why cant they put a small stand in there that just sells everything vegie? that would be helpful wasy to find and convenient. and the fries werent that good they were soggy so i want something else next time i go there.

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Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

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