A visit to the ballpark isn't complete without taking down hot dogs, nachos and other ballpark classics. But now not only will Twins fans find their ballpark favorites at the new Target Field, they will also find many specialty items that go beyond the dog.
Metromix attended a foodie preview event at the stadium and had the opportunity to sample many of these items offered at Target Field. Below is a round up of what Twins fans can expect to find at concession stands throughout the new ballpark.
Before we get too far, we have to mention the ballpark classic—the hot dog. Hot dogs at the new stadium will be provided by Minnesota-owned Schweigert Meats and will feature four types of dogs: Original Twins Dog (pork/beef dog), Twins Big Dog (all beef dog), Dugout Dog (old fashioned pork and beef dog in a natural casing) and the Dinger Dog (extra long pork and beef dog).
Twins Big Dog
On our tour we sampled the Twins Big Dog, which replaces the Metrodme favorite, Dome Dog. The Twins Big Dog was a plump and juicy 1/4 pound all beef dog offered in a soft, fresh bun. Priced at $5.25 (including chips), this dog is a classic and shouldn't be missed on your visit to the new stadium.
Tony O's Cuban Sandwiches
Co-developed with former Twins player Tony Oliva, this sandwich is sure to become a ballpark favorite. This classic Cuban sandwich features crisp bread and layers of roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard deliciously melted together. With a price tag of $9 for a full sandwich and chips, Tony O's is also a bargain for Twins fans.
Loon Chili and Wild Rice Soup
Although not a typical offering at the ballpark, Target Field features two soups for chilly night games. Loon Cafe's Texas Pecos River Red Chili is a lightly spiced blend of sirloin, beans, veggies and chiles. Also offered is Lunds & Byerly's Wild Rice Soup, a creamy, nutty version (includes almonds) of a Minnesota favorite. Both soups will be sold for $6 a bowl at Halsey's Sausage Haus locations.
Murray's Steak Sandwich
The exact steak sandwich served at the classic downtown Minneapolis steakhouse is slightly different than Target Field version, but just as tasty. Tender sirloin, provolone cheese, caramelized onions on a ciabatta is a bit spendy with a $10.50 price tag (sandwich only), but worth it for steak lovers. You can find the Murray's Steak Sandwich at Mill City Grill concessions.
Northeast Minneapolis's favorite sausages will be offered at two concession stands within Target Field. Three sausages—Polish, Hungarian and bratwurst—with fixings of sauerkraut, peppers and onions will be sold for $6.50. While we loved all versions, the stand out was the bratwurst dolled up with sauerkraut.
Also unexpected are the vegetable and chicken stir-fries sold at Asian Wok. Cooks stir-fry the dishes fresh, which is obvious when you taste the crisp veggies. But Minnesota taste buds beware—the sauce we tried had a mild spice on the finish. A taste this foodie loves, but may turn off those who avoid spice. We also loved the to-go convenience, Asian take-out cartons with chopsticks. Both chicken and veggie versions are $8.50.
Target Field offers up three different types of stuffed burgers including their version of Minnesota's original jucy lucy. The Target Field version features a burger stuffed with cheddar cheese and topped with lettuce, tomato and onion. While we appreciate that Target Field tipped their hat to this popular burger, we would have loved to see one of their stuffed burger versions to be closer to the original jucy lucy, which is stuffed with American cheese. Target Field's Juicy Lucy will be sold at Town Ball Tavern on the Club Level.
The second stuffed burger, a well-seasoned patty stuffed with caramelized onions and pepper jack cheese will be sold at Hrbek's, one of the two restaurants at the new stadium. Hrbek's will be open before and during games, so fans arriving early can get a jump start on their ballpark food frenzy.
The third stuffed burger is the Vincent burger, from the menu of Vincent A Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. The Vincent burger is stuffed with braised short rib and smoked gouda cheese. Although it's offered at a hefty price ($12 for the burger only), the Vincent burger is a tasty splurge.
State Fair Classics
You can't talk about Minnesota food without mentioning our fascination with State Fair food classics. Target Field pays homage to these foods, offering baseball fans corn dogs, pork chops on-a-stick (JD Hoyt's seasoned pork chop), veggie kabobs, turkey legs and more. We loved the BBQ ribs that the State Fair Classics concession stand offered. The ribs are slow braised in an oven, then finished on the grill with sweet barbecue sauce. Prices at the State Fair Classics concession range from $3.50 for a corn dog, $7.25 for pork chop on-a-stick, $8.50 for BBQ ribs with slaw, $9.75 for a turkey leg and $11 for walleye on-a-spike.