Ranking Wrigley Field’s New Food Options
A new baseball season means new food options at the ballpark. Let's take a look at what's new at Wrigley this year.
Note: These rankings are a personal preference, not how well I think they'll do.
1. Short Rib Disco Fries: (pictured) braised beef short rib, roasted garlic aioli, queso fresco and green onions atop crispy fries. I WILL eat these this year. Fries are awesome. Beef ribs are awesome. Home run.
2. Walking Taco: Fritos topped with chili con carne, nacho cheese, pico de gallo and pickled jalapeños. These have become pretty popular at concessions all over the place. You eat it with a fork so the mess is minimal. They're basically nachos but better.
3. Southwest Fiesta Specialty Hot Dog: (pictured) Vienna Beef hot dog topped with chili lime crema, pico de gallo, tortilla strips and house-made pickled peppers. Are we in the trust tree? I have a confession. I'm not a fan of the Chicago dog. I find relish to be repulsive. Not a huge fan of tomatoes outside of salsa applications. The sport peppers are great but that's about all. This dog? Pretty perfect. I'm not waiting in line for that. Honestly I prefer just a plain hot dog at the game. Maybe some mustard. The ballpark is not the place to get cute with hot dogs.
4. Wrigley House Chips: ranch-seasoned chips made in-house, served with Buffalo ranch dipping sauce. This would possibly rank higher or lower but I don't know what kind of chips we're dealing with here. Are they thick cut, almost fry-like? This might move to the top of the list. Are they just throwing a bunch of Lay's in a boat and calling it a day? Going to need to do some more research on this one.
5. Pork Tenders: (pictured) crispy hand-breaded pork strips served with Japanese bbq sauce and cabbage and carrot slaw. They've replaced the chicken in chicken tenders with pork. I'm sure these are good but not what I'm digging at a ballgame. I'm also not sure what Japanese BBQ sauce is. The slaw looks out of place. I either need my food to be eaten by hand or with a utensil. Don't make me hold a fork in my pocket to finish the meal.
6. Italian Seasoned Chicken Sandwich: Italian-seasoned grilled chicken with controne pepper, pesto aioli, lettuce and vine ripe tomatoes, served on a split top bun. They're dressing this chicken sandwich up by putting "controne" peppers on it. Don't worry I had to look it up too. It's basically the red pepper flakes. Again this is probably a fine dish but chicken sandwiches aren't what I'm looking for at Wrigley.
7. Beer Can Chicken Sandwich: beer-marinated chicken breast served with Dijonnaise, shredded lettuce, tomato and bacon on a brioche bun. No thanks. See my problem with chicken sandwiches at a game. I also have a problem with them using the term "Beer Can" Chicken. That's a method of grilling where you shove a full can of beer in the cavity of a chicken and then grill it. The beer evaporates and keeps it moist. I personally think it's overrated but it definitely conjurs up a certain image. This is just chicken that was soaked in beer. A little different.
8. Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich: Gruyere, Butterkäse and cheddar cheese with tomato jam, served alongside house-made chips and a creamy pesto dip. I don't order grilled cheese. I'm an adult.
9. Impossible Burger: plant-based meat alternative with the same aroma and juiciness of real beef, served with chipotle lime aioli, American cheese, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun. I'm not a guy that hates meat alternatives. Tofu is excellent, when appropriate. Wrigley Field is not where I go to practice healthy eating.
In addition to these items, Wrigley field is adding more beer choices with Midwest roots. It isn't just Bud and Old Style anymore. You can also buy whole bottles of wine, if you can pass the credit check.