Tailgating Venue EatsThe tasty, gooey and finger-lickin’ good grub at the local stadiums worth standing in line for
BY ELENI SALTAS
Not Just Peanuts Anymore
Ballparks are home to classic snack food such as hot dogs, nachos, pretzels and peanuts. Smith’s Ballpark (77 W. 1300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-325-2337, MiLB.com/salt-lake), home of the Salt Lake Bees, is upping its game with new menu items throughout the stadium’s wraparound concourse. Fans can enjoy a pulled-pork sandwich from Smoke and Pour (concourse 13) or a taste of Philly at Steakadelphia (concourse 13 with Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches, as well as chicken or steak nachos. The Hive, located at concourse 1 by first base serves specialty pretzels and salads, and for those arriving with an appetite or with a group of friends—the 6-4-3 Double Play is the way to go. This massive sandwich can feed up to six and includes six types of meats, four kinds of vegetables and three cheeses. Take a seat, dig in and enjoy the fabulous views of the Wasatch Mountains as you cheer on your team.
Nearby Bite: Lucky 13
133 W. 1300 South ∙ 801-487-4418 ∙ Lucky13SLC.com
Lucky 13 is home to award-winning burgers and fries, has a great selection of local beers, plus it’s only a stone’s throw from Smith’s Ballpark. What more can you ask for from a food oriented sports bar? For those that can handle (and enjoy) some spice, order the Ring of Fire, made with roasted jalapenos and roasted habaneros and topped with grilled onions and house smoked bacon. Be sure to save room for those aromatic rosemary and garlic fries, too.
Rio Tinto Stadium
The culinary scene at Rio Tinto Stadium (9256 S. State, Sandy, 801-727-2700, RioTintoStadium.com), ranges from simple to specialty. The multiple Real Faves concession stands are perfect spot for nachos, pretzels and churros. Feeding a family? Deep-dish pizza from Little Caesars and jumbo hot dogs from Pass the Dog are great options that don’t break the bank. A more filling food stop that will rock your taste buds is the Four Corner Smokehouse where you can choose from numerous options, such as barbecue-style nachos or tender pork sandwiches. They even offer banh me sandwiches, made with a toasted baguette and shredded pork, then topped with Asian salad toppings. Wherever you dine, patrons can agree the atmosphere of Rio Tinto Stadium is spectacular. There is no bad seat in the stands to cheer on Real Salt Lake favorite players Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and Joao Plata. And, be sure to grab a seat at the next the Utah Royals FC match, Utah’s first national women’s soccer club.
Nearby bite: Crown Burger
9604 S. State, Sandy, 801-562-4444, Crown-Burgers.com
With seven locations throughout Utah, Crown Burger is a Utah staple, making for the perfect stop before or after any event, with quick and quality burgers and Greek fare. First-timers should try the namesake sandwich made with a quarter-pound patty and a heap of pastrami topped with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, melted American cheese stacked and sauce, all held together by a toasted sesame-seed bun. Pro tip: For those watching their waistline, you can ask to have any burger wrapped in lettuce. This saves extra calories to be put towards fries and fry sauce, or a beer or two at the game.
A Step Up
Diamond Concessions, the concessions provider at the Maverik Center (3200 Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, 801-988-8800, MaverikCenter.com) goes above and beyond when it comes to venue food. This all-purpose arena is home to the Utah Grizzlies and is the place to be for concerts and comedy shows. Its delicious eats include Metro Deli, Funnel Cakes, and El Pasado. You can even enjoy the famous meatballs or zesty Italian sausage sandwich—served warm on a fresh hoagie roll—served at Angelina’s Fresh Pasta (concourse 122).
Nearby bite: Bout Time Pub and Grill
3318 Decker Lake Drive ∙ 801-975-0528 ∙ BoutTimepub.com
Careful, you may miss your show when you step into Bout Time. With more than 25 large TVs playing every sporting event, and good food to match, this spot is every sports fan’s dream. Pub favorites include soft shelled tacos, the fish and chip basket, and the pork green chili.