Top Ten Best Ballpark Foods in Major League Baseball: Fan’s View

As an avid traveler, baseball fan and food connoisseur, I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to sample a wide variety of tasty treats at ballparks across the country.

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Here's my picks for the top ten food entrees offered at Major League baseball stadiums:

1) Fenway Frank (Boston Red Sox): There's nothing more American than the Fenway Frank, as its served on a New England-style bun and covered with relish and mustard. It's an absolutely must-have while watching a Boston Red Sox home game at Fenway Park in Boston, MA.

2) Dodger Dog (Los Angeles Dodgers): Hot dogs and baseball go together like movies and popcorn. For whatever reason, it just works. When you're at a Los Angeles Dodgers game in California, you have to try their wonderfully tasty 10-inch franks that are served either grilled or steamed. It ranks as one of top-selling food items in all of baseball.

3) Crab Fries and Cheesesteak (Baltimore Orioles): When I stop by Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA, for a Philadelphia Phillies game, I always pick up an order of crab fries and cheesesteak. The cheesesteaks are made from the famous Pat's Kings of Steaks, and the crab fries are a delightful treat that ranks as one of the most unique items in a MLB park.

4) Garlic Fries (San Francisco Giants): The San Francisco Giants' signature food offering is a tasty tray of garlic fries smothered in olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper. If you ever make the trek to AT&T park in San Francisco, CA, don't forget to pick up a plate of these incredible little treats.

5) Shake Shack Burger (New York Mets): At Citi Field in Flushing, NY, you can scoop up one of the heartiest burgers in town at Shake Shack. The only problem is that it's no hidden secret that it's the best food in the ballpark, so the lines get extremely long and sometimes take up to two full innings to complete an order.

6) BBQ Chicken Nachos (Toronto Blue Jays): You won't lose any weight with this hearty dish, as it is packed with over 500 calories of deliciousness. BBQ Chicken Nachos are a featured dish at the Rogers Centre, home of the Toronto Blue Jays.

7) Maryland Crab Cakes (Baltimore Orioles): When in Baltimore, Maryland, it's an absolute must to indulge in some crab cake sandwiches. Luckily, the Baltimore Orioles have some great crab cake offerings inside the stadium, or you can scoop up some more tasty seafood treats around the Inner Harbor, which is walking distance from the stadium.

8) Grilled Mahi Mahi tacos (Miami Marlins): The Miami Marlins opened their new ballpark with all the bells and whistles, including an upgrade in the standard ballpark fare from past years. The Mahi Mahi tacos come complete with all the fixins.

9) Primanti Bros (Pittsburgh Pirates): Primanti Bros. restaurant is a fixture in Pittsburgh, PA, and they brought their signature "Almost Famous" sandwich to Three Rivers Stadium, much to the delight of Pittsburgh Pirates fans.

10) Lobel's of New York (New York Yankees): At Yankee Stadium in New York, you can order a prime steak sandwich from Lobel's of New York. These sandwiches don't get as much recognition as they deserve, but they are undoubtedly fan favorites of New York Yankees fans.

What other ballpark food items deserve a spot on this list? Let me know in the comments.

Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

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Updated Saturday, Apr 7, 2012