Vegetarian Dining at Camden Yards
Ann Marie Brokmeier
I’ve read a lot of outdated articles about meatless food that is served at the ballpark, but the menus seem to change every year and that can cause some confusion (related: I walked around for almost an hour at a game last season searching for a veggie dog that doesn’t exist). We are about halfway through the 2013 baseball season, so hopefully you’ve already staked out your favorite ballpark eats. If not, here are some of the best meatless treats inside of the ballpark.
Veggie Burger - Dempsey’s Brew Pub & Restaurant
Dempsey’s is a newer restaurant on Eutaw Street and has the most vegetarian options out of any one location in OPACY. They are the one place in the park that you can get a veggie burger; theirs is a black bean chipotle patty that you can substitute for any of their burger combinations. They also offer a grilled cheese, a veggie flatbread pizza, and cheese quesadillas. Other plusses: they brew their own beer on-site and they are open on non-game days.
Fresh Fruitshakes – Flying Fruit Fantasy
Flying Fruit Fantasy isn’t only a healthy choice at the ballpark, but is run through UMBC’s Choice Program, “offering the youth of Baltimore a place to start on their vocational path.” Their fruitshakes are made with fresh fruit and Columbo Frozen Yogurt for a refreshing option at OPACY. The kiosk is located on the Lower Deck by Gate D.
Edamame Whole Wheat Bao – TAKO Korean BBQ
Most vegetarian folks will pass by Korean BBQ restaurants because there usually isn’t much for us to eat there. Luckily, TAKO is inviting us in with their edamame bao. This soft, doughy treat is filled with edamame and, while is a little strange for the ballpark culture, is pretty delicious. They also have a gluten-free noodle salad for you gluten-free folks out there. You can find them in the concessions kiosk on the main concourse.
Soft Pretzels – Hand-Rolled Pretzels
I know that soft pretzels aren’t an exciting addition to your preconceived notions of ballpark food. However, don’t buy those stale, oversalted pretzels from the standard vendors. Head over to Hand-Rolled Pretzels (located a few kiosks down from Flying Fruit Fantasy on the Lower Deck). They offer fresh, fluffy pretzels that are totally worth walking down there for; you’ll never buy a stale pretzel at the ballpark again.
Cheese Pizza – Seasons Pizza
Cheese pizza is a staple for vegetarian folks. It seems to always be around and will never let you down. Seasons will serve you up a cheesy, greasy slice for just a few bucks. You can find their counters on each level (one on the Lower Deck, two on Club Level and one more on the Upper Deck).
Hummus & Chips – Eutaw Market
This is like a little convenience store inside of the ballpark. I accidentally stumbled into here last season (when I was looking for that mythical veggie dog) and noticed that they have tons of meatless snacks. They don’t sell hot food, but they do sell delicious hummus and chips among other packaged treats. Pick some up for a quick and easy snack while you watch the game. They are located right next to Dempsey’s on Eutaw Street.
What is your favorite ballpark treat? Do you go for the traditional popcorn and Cracker Jacks or are you up for trying something like edamame bao? Let us know in the comment section below!
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