When you head to South Philly for a Phils game, there's no reason to settle on a mediocre hot dog or crappy Miller Lite — there are plenty of great options out there, if you know where to look. There are Crab Fries from Chickie's and Pete's, McNally's famous Schmitter, Roast Pork sandwiches from Tony Luke's, sloppy ribs from Bull's BBQ, soft pretzels, Turkey Hill Ice Cream, and oh so much more. And in 2012, CBP features a ton of new options, most notably, Dessert Alley on the concourse.
Now, in honor of the first full day of the 2012 baseball season, here's a guide to what to eat at Citizens Bank Park, and where to find it.
Citizens Bank Park's Five Standouts
The Schmitter:: The Schmitter is one of Philly's favorites from McNally's Pub in Chestnut Hill. There's a stand dedicated to the sandwich, and the line is usually pretty darned long. Grilled steak, salami, cheese, onions, and special sauce. [Section 140]
Bull's BBQ: Greg "The Bull" Luzinski is the name behind the BBQ-favorite, where you can get ribs, chicken, hot dogs, and a giant turkey leg. There's plenty of Turkey Hill Ice Cream for dessert, too. [Right Field Gate]
Chickie's and Pete's: Chickie's and Pete's Crab Fries are the ultimate stadium snack. Sadly, there's only one stand to grab them (unless you're on club level), but there's more than enough cheese dip for everyone. [Section 102]
Tony Luke's: Tony Luke's cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches are at the ballpark, and just as good as the original. Make sure to get there early, as the line gets epically long by the 3rd inning. [Section 147]
Harry The K's: Harry the K's is the sit-down restaurant in left field, and has the deepest menu with something for everyone. From hot dogs, to veggie burgers, and everything in between, there's a new menu in 2012. [Sections 143 and 243]
* indicates special Eater recommendations
*Tony Luke's, Ashburn Alley - Section 147: Tony Luke brings his signature cheesesteaks and roast pork from South Philly to the ballpark. Also available are cups of curly fries and drinks. Expect long lines.
*Bull's BBQ, Ashburn Alley - Right Field Gate: Greg "The Bull" Luzinski has his signature BBQ spot here, which features ribs, chicken, hot dogs, and sides like Mac & Cheese. We're also huge fans of the giant turkey leg. Turkey Hill ice cream for dessert.
*Chickie's and Pete's Crab Fries, Section 102: The name says it all. Local franchise Chickie's and Pete's famous Old Bay-smothered fries are available here with the white cheese dip. They sell Powerade here, too, since you might break a sweat climbing the steps to your crappy seats.
*The Schmitter, Section 140: Another stand dedicated to one sandwich. This time, it's McNally's Pub's famous Schmitter, which is made up of grilled steak, salami, onions, cheese, tomatoes, and "special sauce."
*Harry the K's, Sections 143-145: The big sit-down restaurant in left field, Harry the K's, has the deepest menu, too. Popcorn, chicken fingers, Buffalo tenders, Onion Rings, Federal Pretzels, Disco Fries, deep-fried hot dogs, cracklin' pork sandwiches, chicken cutlet sandwiches, burgers, cheesesteaks, chicken cheesesteaks, paninis, and a ton of veggie options, as well. Wshew. Got all that? Good. Now add beer, wine, and frozen drinks, too.
*Planet Hoagie, Ashburn Alley - Section 147: Media's Planet Hoagie has a stand here on Ashburn Alley, featuring Italian, Ham and Cheese, Roast Beef and Provolone, Turkey and Cheese, and Chicken Cutlet Italiano hoagies. There are also tuna salad, chicken salad, and veggie hoagies for you healthy-types.
*Turkey Hill Frozen Treats, Ashburn Alley - Section 141: Just like what it sounds, Turkey Hill ice cream in pint form, cones, cups, and everyone's favorite, the Ice Cream Sandwich.
*Dessert Alley, Section 147: New for 2012, you sweets people have a serious glut of sugar-rush goodies here. Look for fresh-made cinnamon doughnuts, Gina's cupcakes, milkshakes, funnel cake, water ice, and build your own ice cream sundae with candy toppings.
Paninis, Section 133: Paninis were introduced last season, and this year, Aramark has added a few new ones to the mix. A chicken pesto panini, and an Italian Market panini join the Cubano and Buffalo chicken options this year.
McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon, Section 127: If you're done with the game, head to McFadden's to get the sports bar vibe. All the same beers and bites you'll find at the McFadden's in the city limits.
Campo's Steaks, Ashburn Alley: Another Philly favorite at the ballpark. Besides traditional cheesesteaks, they've got The Heater (Hot Sauce and Buffalo Cheddar), The "Works" (mushrooms, peppers, provolone), and Pizza Steak (provolone and pizza sauce).
Alley Grill, Left Field Gate: Cheeseburger, Double Cheeseburger, Black Bean Veggie Burger, Chicken Bistro Sandwich, and Boardwalk Fries
Nachos, Section 122: They serve...nachos. This season, there are a few new options, including BBQ Chicken Nachos and Ancho Chile Nachos, as well as some new tacos, like pork tacos and chicken tacos.
Baker Bowl Bistro, Section 215: The Baker Bowl is the centerpiece eatery on the Club Level, featuring Crab Cake sandwich and entrees, a full salad bar, chicken Caesar salad, Grand Slam Burger, and water ice.
Columbia Park Cafe, Section 225: Columbia Park is known for dollar dogs, jumbo dogs, cheese fries, chicken tenders, Cracker Jacks, and the delicious Funnel Cake Fries.
Recreation Park, Section 218: Chickie's and Pete's Fries and Cheese dip, Chicken Bites, and a Roast Pork Sandwich.
Bulls BBQ Express, Section 209: Like the original in Ashburn alley, but the only available meat is in sandwich form. Still, it's delicious.
*Harry the K's, Section 243: Just like above, Harry's has popcorn, chicken fingers, Buffalo tenders, Onion Rings, Federal Pretzels, Disco Fries, deep-fried hot dogs, cracklin' pork sandwiches, chicken cutlet sandwiches, burgers, cheesesteaks, chicken cheesesteaks, paninis, and a ton of veggie options, as well.
Hall of Fame Ice Cream, Section 232: Ice cream helmets, Cracker Jacks, Phillies cookies, and water ice push-ups.
Bulls BBQ Express, Section 309: Like the original in Ashburn alley, but the only available meat is in sandwich form. Still, it's delicious.
Fairmount Fries, Sections 309, 320: Basic grub here, like chicken tenders and fries, Buffalo tenders, and Boardwalk Fry cup and garlic fries, too. Peeeeeeeeeeeeanuts!
High and Inside Pub, Sections 320, 420: Wine, bottled beers, and draft beers. You should probably eat before you stop here.
Market Express, Sections 321,421: Hot dogs, Tastyakes, popcorn boxes, trail mix, and soft pretzels.
Nachos, Sections 315, 415: This season, there are a few new options, including BBQ Chicken Nachos and Ancho Chile Nachos, as well as some new tacos, like pork tacos and chicken tacos.
Phanatic Phamily Phood Stand, Sections 318, 418: This is the kid's menu spot, featuring PB&J sandwiches, kid-sized pretzels, gogurt, and choco-cones.
Besides the level-specific bites, you'll find plenty of generic stands throughout the park, like Brewerytown (soft pretzels, peanuts, cheese cups, and beer), Cobblestone Grill (cheesesteak, chicken tenders, cheeseburgers), Franklin Square Pizza/Old City Creamery (Ice cream, pizza slices), Hatfield Grill (hot dogs), Lemonade and Cotton Candy, South Philly Market (Hot dog, peanuts, black bean burger, cheeseburger, chicken tenders, Boardwalk fries), and Seasons Pizza (pizza slices).