HARTFORD – When the Hartford Yard team takes on the Goats on the opening night of the Binghamton Rumble Bunnies at Dunkin’ Donuts Park on Friday, the new baseball season is sure to impress the fans.
The Yard Goats introduced their new Monday morning menu items that go beyond the classics.
“It used to be just hamburgers and hot dogs,” said Tim Ristal, president of Yard Gates.
Although the classic hamburger and hot dog are still on the menu, more items with lots of inventions have been added to the menu.
“This is my second round,” said Damon Patterson, better known as online food personality Daym Drops, who also has a stand installed behind a field-level home plate. “Joe and his amazing team have put together some great food.”
Joe is Joseph Bartlett, Executive Chef of Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
“We start by going over a slope, and then go back a few steps,” Bartlett said, describing how he and his team come up with new food ideas each season.
As innovative as Bartlett’s ideas may get, he said, they always keep it “in the ballpark world of food.”
If a hamburger is what you want, the hamburger station at the stadium’s main gate will serve up an All-American burger: topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
If you’re looking for a more adventurous burger, in the same location, you can get the Cuban burger: a hamburger on the classic Cuban sandwich with Dijon mustard, pickles, provolone cheese, and ham on an 8-ounce burger.
The stand will also feature turkey and impossible burgers for health-conscious consumers.
Restall said he has tried most of the new foods on offer. His favorite so far is the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Street corn, which is served at Daym Dogs behind the house plate.
Patterson said the hot street corn is covered with jalapenos and topped with Flamin Hot Cheetos.
“It gives extra flavor to the corn itself,” he said. “Your taste buds will get a kick that you may or may not be ready for.
If you want some street corn without the heat, street-spread queso corn is an option, which comes with a rub with mayonnaise, smoked paprika, and fresh parsley, Bartlett said.
If you prefer your heat on a hot dog, Patterson serves a different kind of corn on the street, but on a hot dog, and instead of dusting Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, there are whole Cheetos on top.
“You get the whole cheetos for a crunch and munch,” Patterson said. “That sausage right here with jalapenos, it’s a hot setting.”
The Hot Dog and another dog new on the menu, sauerkraut and a salty hot dog, are served on a Coney bun, Patterson said.
“Be a thick cake,” he said. “It’s delicious cake. When you’re done eating and watching the game, you’ll be full.”
For someone who crave fried food in one basket, Fat Sandwich is the thing to try.
“It’s chicken bits, fries, pickled julienne, donut holes, mashed into a deep-fried batter,” Bartlett said. It is topped with red pepper coles (a thin vegetable puree used as a sauce) and honey mustard.
If you’re looking for something a bit healthier, he said, they also offer Incognito Chicken Tenders, which are vegan, soy-based chicken that comes with French fries and barbecue sauce.
Some fun foods for kids and adults alike include buffalo chicken nuggets and old-fashioned macaroni and cheese served in waffle cones.
Since they’re Dunkin’ Donuts Park, Bartlett said, they can’t go without some new donut-infused items.
He said there’s the spicy chicken sandwich, which is honey-glazed fried chicken sriracha between two honey-glazed buns, with a small opening on the stop.
For dessert, he said, a new variety is the fried and double dipped donut holes with whipped cream and sprinkles.
“It will be available all season long and we hope everyone will come to enjoy it,” he said.