As the Pittsburgh Pirates ready to take the field at PNC Park for the 2015 season, fans will benefit from some major ballpark improvements, including new bars and, of course, some over-the-top new food. Here's a look at what's new and what's best to eat at the games this year.
New and of Note at PNC Park
New Bars — Improvements to the park in advance of the 2015 season include a new full-service bar (with views of the field and a big nine-screen display showing all the action) at the left-field rotunda, as well as an outdoor bar for the upper deck serving up, beer, wine, cocktails, and a slew of TVs.
Cuban Pretzel Dogs and More — Concessions giant Aramark is introducing a number of new items to PNC Park this season, headlined by a Cubano-inspired hot dog on a pretzel bun. The impressive foot-long is piled with ham, pulled pork, Swiss cheese, Dijon mustard and pickles. But it's not the only loaded-up new item at the park: the full-service Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club will debut a new bacon cheeseburger topped with pulled pork, jalapeno bacon, house-made ketchup, pepper jack cheese, garlic pickles, and red onions, all on a brioche bun.
Stadium Dining by Location
Check out pulled pork sandwiches at Manny's BBQ, from former Pirates catcher Manny Sanguillén, behind center field. At the Riverwalk Grill (section 144), you'll find this year's new Cuban Pretzel Dog as well as new Riverwalk Fries, which come loaded with jalapeno cheese sauce, bacon, sour cream, and chives. For something sweet, visit Rita's next door (section 143) for Italian ice.
For a good taste of Pittsburgh, stroll down the stretch from the right field gate to home plate for options including iconic Primanti Bros. sandwiches, inventive burgers and fries at BRGR, endless wing choices from Quaker Steak & Lube, and craft beers at Beers of the Burgh.
The food court clustered behind sections 130 to 132 includes eclectic options from Chickie's and Pete's crab fries to sushi at Nakama. The gluten-free crowd should head to Just4U (section 129), which will debut a new GF burrito this year, packed with white rice, black beans, onions and peppers, cheese blend and a choice of portabella mushroom or grilled chicken. For sweet frozen treats, hit Sincerely Yogurt (section 106) or the Sweet Spot (section 119).
The Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club, located behind left field, is a sit-down restaurant and full-service bar with great views and options including this year's new jalapeno- and pork-centric bacon cheeseburger. It's also home to the potentially devastating Brunch Burger, a bacon cheeseburger topped with a fried egg and sandwiched between a sliced glazed donut, festively adorned with the team colors in sprinkle form.
For burgers, head to section 222 for Bridges Burger Company, or opt for a variety of barbecue styles at the BBQ Pit behind section 210. For beer and billiards, hit the Keystone Lounge behind section 228. Behind home plate, you'll find more beer and booze at Gunner's Lounge Bar.
Here you'll find all the standard concession stand offerings, but one of your best bets is to grab wings from Quaker Steak & Lube behind section 322. Pop's Potato Patch (section 310) offers a variety of regular or sweet potato fries, while the General Robinson Grill (section 314) has a choice selection of hot dogs.