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Travel Tip: Ballpark Food

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Everyone asks me about airports and airlines with the best food, but there’s one place I tell everyone to go if they want a great meal: the baseball stadium. I’m serious! Ballpark food has come a long way from the old peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

Take a look a AT&T Park, which is all about local California cuisine.  The home of the San Francisco Giants serves up something called Gilroy Garlic Fries, made with garlic that comes straight from the town of Gilroy, aka the garlic capital of the world.

Of course, I grew up going to Mets games so I can vouch for how much the food  has improved. These days,  they’ve got burgers and fries from the Shake Shack, and something called the New Yawkah—it’s a HUGE corned beef sandwich on a pretzel roll. But this is New York, so of course Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs are king here at Citi Field.

And in Miami’s Marlins Park, there’s all the usual suspects, but with a twist. Think hot dogs with mango slaw and mahi mahi tacos.

But what you really want to look for is the Taste of Miami section, which brings together local Cuban-American restaurants. We’re talking Cuban sandwiches, ceviche, and plaintain chips  It doesn’t get more authentic than that.

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