Since I’ve already moved enough pots in regards to the heated discussions on the field, it’s time to get them off the field and into the stands! There have been a number of food and drink cost posts at Target Field that scare fans, but I’m going to take a look at several items, locations, and whether you should eat or avoid them!
First of all, beer. If you’re up for a pint in the game, there’s a massive selection of craft beers to pair with foods along with the perfect Old American ale for a hot day in the park. I won’t list them all because… yeah, that’s a lot. In terms of location, the best concentration of character options is right at Gate 34. Select options from Bent Paddle Cold Press Black Ale to Surly Furious, Goose Island Beer Hug IPAs, and Vienna (mainly in red) in Schell’s Firebrick style can be clicked here . If you’re a Surly fan, behind the left field stands and Gray Goose bar, there’s a Surly stand with options you won’t find elsewhere like Surly Hell. There are also Minnesota Brews standing around the stadium behind the Diamond Box areas where you can find a grain belt for nostalgia. Other options are scattered around as well. The choice on the upper deck is more limited to the usual suspects. Favorites: Bent Paddle Cold Press Black Ale (Gate 34), Beer Hug Hazy IPA (Gate 34), Surly Hell (behind Section 128) and Grain Belt (behind Section 126).
Best full belly deal in the game:
Burger basket and fries. It’s $15 at Hennepin Grill locations around the stadium, but the burgers are big, flame grilled and a solid enough option. Potatoes are medium cut, crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside and rich in taste as if they were fried in peanut oil. It’s a good size meal.
Senior smokers: (105, 305) Barbacoa burrito. 10.50 US dollars. The burger and fries aren’t exactly gut-stretcher, but they’re only $10.50 compared to $15. It’s a solid burrito close to the quality of a specialty burrito chain.
Best budget option: hot dogs or soft pretzel in different locations. It’s $4.00 out the door which is enough to steer you a bit. Bring an empty water bottle with you and get free water from different stations as well.
Red Cow 60/40 Bacon (2) Slider With Chips. The $15.50 Behind Section 126 Why Chips Nobody Wants? I don’t know. In any case, the skaters themselves deserve the name Red Cow. It is excellent and very full. A little vinegar such as mustard or ketchup can be used to break up the greasy flavor.
Blue Door Pub In second place here goes to the “Jucy Blusy” Cease and Desist Burger located at Gate 34 at the Jack Daniels Bar. It’s very good and full sized, but the thousand island and mayonnaise mixture is a bit sticky and bland.
Don’t expect quick service for any of these burgers. There’s always a line for sliders (they often run out of time at 126) and Jucy Blusy looks cooked to order..
The best sausage:
Bratwurst Kramarczuk. $10 (behind field 101, home board box 112 and upstairs 312). It’s much better quality than the standard $8.50 option around the ballpark. The polish is very greasy and salty (like Polish sausage) which makes it a real gut bomb in my opinion.
Other sandwich options:
Turkey has to go for the $11 sandwich next to your escape (114). Make sure you get a fresh one and press the peeled turkey hard to get the juice out. Otherwise, you’ll get a disgusting pile of sloping cake. If done right, the Turkey trip is great. Use barbecue sauce if you like or skip it if you don’t. Good either way. Side note, this is like the only stop in the ballpark that doesn’t have an option to tip in the checkout app. What is wrong with the employees?
Philly Cheesesteak. $11. I think I found this part behind Section 110ish. Total. Practically inedible. While the grilled onions and peppers are very good and the cheese sauce is fine, the meat? (Is it meat??) Like an unusual sloppy joe mix or something. That’s not true, it’s best described as a slob, and I didn’t finish it. I love all kinds of food for the record.
Murray’s Smoked Beef Sandwich (103). $15. Quality roast beef, but without the arugula and spicy horseradish sauce, the sandwich is disappointingly bland. Skip, this is coming from a huge fan of Murray’s Restaurant.
Senior smokers: $10.50 (105,305) Barbacoa beef burrito. The filling, perhaps not quite as good as Chipotle, Pancheros, and Qdoba, but it certainly isn’t far off. There are vegetarian options too, if you want to. A much better deal than nachos because this burrito will fill you up.
Tony or Cubano: $13 (114). I have to be honest here, a lot of people are honestly talking about this, but that didn’t really impress me compared to the other options around the stadium. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s not that it was great.
Indian Spicy (120): Chicken tikka masala. It’s legit good and gluten-free + gluten-free. They have some hot sauce condiment that bumps up a notch or two if you like. Mix the cabbage vegetables on top just fine. The rice was undercooked, but overall, I liked it. Note: I expect the Chana Masala will also be very good and is vegan + gluten free. Have you ever eaten Indian food? Think this rich, thick, very tasty and complex tomato soup with juicy bits of chicken poured over rice and garnished with chopped cabbage here.
Side / Garnish:
Cheese curds: $8 ($109, 305). The portion is very good, but the $8 is still a bit pricey. Curds are small in size, coated and fried. They have a good flavour, if not a bit salty. It’s not really as good as the ones you’d get at the State Fair as the mixture used at Target Field is kinda good, but it’s still great if cheese is what you’re craving.
Herbivorous butcher vegan sausages (129). Good. You won’t go wrong with it with the real deal and the bland taste is definitely a subtle vegan wheat flavor, but for vegans/vegans, it’s not bad.
Hot Indian (120): Chana masala…well I haven’t eaten this dish yet but when Indian is good it is universally good and tikka masala is solid here.
What about sweets?:
Tiny Tim’s Mini Donuts: ($135) $6 a bag. Take my vote for the best mini cupcakes for the best candy/candy in the game. Freshly cooked, hot sprinkled with sugar, everything you could wish for in a mini cake. Be aware, get them before the seventh inning, I’ve seen them run out more than once. I would choose them over expensive, mid-range, soft ice cream in a helmet or a waffle cone any day.
There are plenty of high-quality options at Hrbek’s or inside the Town Ball Tavern, but the couple has been relocated exclusively to Truly On Deck (formerly Metropolitan Club). I haven’t listed them even though some of them are well approved. Good options if you want to sit down, you don’t want to do a walk of shame and have SRO tickets, though!