This guide is from 2013, and much of its information is now inaccurate. See the current version.
There's no need to settle for a mediocre hot dog or an $8 Bud Light at AT&T Park. In keeping with SF's foodie Mecca status, the Giants' home club is generally considered to have some of the best stadium concessions in the country. While purists can still secure their peanuts and Cracker Jack, the food-savvy have options like rock-cod tacos from Mijita, panini filled with farmer's market produce, Humphry Slocombe ice cream, and fresh strawberries with whipped cream. Even the humble hot dog gets an upgrade here, with a bacon-studded number from local butcher 4505 Meats at chef Traci Des Jardins' Public House. As Friday's afternoon home opener against the Cardinals approaches, we bring you our guide to the best eats in the ballpark, updated to reflect 2013's vendor lineup.
AT&T Park's Five Standouts
Public House: Traci Des Jardins has raised the standard for stadium dining, with chef Chris Wade offering takes on comfort-food classics like mini corn dogs, fried mac and cheese, pulled-pork sliders, and steamed mussels, plus Humphry Slocombe ice cream for dessert. Public House also boasts the park's best beer selection (and one of the city's best in general), with 20 taps of craft goodness from points local (Linden Street, High Water, Mill Valley Beerworks) and national (Ballast Point, Allagash, Stone). Pro tip: grab a pint of the good stuff in a plastic cup on your way into the park, which allows you to save cash and use the restaurant's less-crowded interior entrance. [Willie Mays Plaza]
Crazy Crab'z: Crazy Crab may have long been unseated as mascot by Lou Seal, but his signature sandwich still inspires cravings in fans with its piles of sweet, fresh Dungeness crab between two slices of garlic butter-brushed grilled sourdough. A crab salad and crab cocktail also grace the menu. [Center Field]
Orlando's Caribbean BBQ: This pair of booths is known for the Cha-Cha bowl, which combine rice, beans, grilled chicken, and pineapple-zucchini salsa into a Caribbean take on bibimbap. If you're looking to eat away a beer buzz, it's one of the most filling meals in the park. [Promenade Level and View Level]
Farmers' Market Cart: Those searching for a healthier alternative to hot dogs and fried goods should head to the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market stand. Rotating dishes feature seasonal produce, while standbys include gruyere grilled cheese, fresh strawberry shortcake, and a blackberry-cabernet sorbet. [Club Level]
Mijita: Public House's next-door Mexican restaurant, also from Des Jardins and Wade, serves chicken tamales, jicama salad with grapefruit, avocado and pumpkin seeds and an assortment of tacos, like carne asada and crisped carnitas. As with beers from Public House, you can grab a margarita in a plastic cup to tote to your seat. [Willie Mays Plaza]
The Full Lineup
* indicates special Eater recommendations
Anchor Grill: Ahi tuna and portobello mushroom sandwiches, burgers, kielbasa.
*Pier 44 Chowder House: Warm clam chowder served in a bread bowl, perfect for chilly night games. Other seafood items on the menu include calamari and fish and chips.
*Pipkins Pit BBQ: An array of 'cue-centric Southern specialities, like beans, brisket sandwiches, cole slaw and pulled pork. Also the home of one of the best/strangest commercials for a concession stand ever made.
*Say Hey! Sausage Specialties: Sausages, bratwurst and hot dogs. And everyone's favorite, Kozy Shack rice pudding.
Stormin' Norman's: Well known for their fry bread, a massive piece of fried dough topped with powdered sugar. Or cinnamon. Or honey. The options are endless. And, according to their menu, free whooopie [sic] pies.
California Cookout: The main event is a hefty kielbasa sandwich topped with onions, pepper and sauerkraut. Other options include chicken sandwiches and Polish sausages, as well as that ahi-tuna sandwich that you'll have to watch Tyler Florence eat in an inning-break video at every. single. game.
Clam Chowder: More bread-bowl chowder action.
Derby Grill: Burgers, chicken tenders, BBQ brisket sandwiches, veggie dogs and corn dogs.
Edsel Ford Fong: Named for the famously abusive Sam Wo waiter, this is the one and only Chinese concession in the park, serving beef & broccoli, Thai beef skewers, Chinese salad, chow fun and Thai yellow curry.
Gourmet Sausages: Bratwurst, hot links and kielbasa.
McCovey's 44 BBQ: Classic BBQ items, like chicken and baby back ribs.
*Murph's Clubhouse Pub: This Irish pub-themed booth's sweet-potato fries dusted with curry are a nice change from the stadium's never-ending supply of garlic fries. Also on the menu: Irish quesadillas and corned-beef or brisket sandwiches.
Saag's Deli Sandwiches: Roast beef, turkey, and ham sandwiches; fresh fruit salad.
*Tres Agaves Mexican Kitchen: The go-to place for margaritas and bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Nachos, tacos, and tamales are also available.
A Taste of North Beach: A medley of Italian dishes, like the forty-clove garlic chicken sandwich from Stinking Rose, tiramisu from Victoria Pastry, meatball sandwiches, and cheese ravioli.
First Base Carvery: Carved turkey, beef-brisket and corned-beef sandwiches, panini, and s'mores.
Lefty O'Doul's Cocktail Lounge: Making it's debut at the park this season is the cocktail lounge Lefty O'Douls, which will have offer their famous Bloody Mary. The story goes that the handwritten recipe for this cocktail, from Lefty himself, was discovered five years ago in his old golf bag. The Bloody Mary is served just as O'Doul intended it.
Outta Here Cheesesteaks: Cheesesteaks in various forms: classic Philly, NorCal Veggie, and chicken.
*Ghirardelli: Home of the famous hot fudge sundae, as well as the certifiably insane s'mores sandwich, with melted chocolate and marshmallows between two slices of bread.
Giuseppe Bazurro: Named for a 19th-century San Francisco restaurateur. Italian eats like pizza and chicken parmesan.
Joe Garcia's: Soft tacos, burritos, quesadillas and other Mexican dishes.
Long Taters Baked Potato: A baked-potato bar with unlimited toppings, ranging from cheddar cheese and grilled onions to bacon and grilled corn.
Mashi's Sushi Bistro: Fresh sushi rolls, sashimi and edamame.
*Doggie Diner Stand: The much-loved Sheboygan bratwurst, served on a sourdough roll with sauerkraut and onions.
Beer, wine, and mixed-drink purveyors include Bayside Brews, Mission Creek Cantina, Budweiser, Left Field Bar, Right Field Bar, Lexus Clubhouse Bar, Widmer Brew Haus, California Wine Bar, The Anchor Taproom and Cable Car Bar.
Other food options found in multiple locations throughout the stadium: Coffee and espresso from Cafe Juma. Hot chocolate from Ghirardelli and Cafe Juma. Ice Cream from Dreyers and Haagen-Dazs. Hebrew National hot dogs. Pizza from Port Walk Pizza. Sandwiches from King Street Carvery. Fresh popcorn. The famed Gilroy garlic fries. Nuts from Cinnamon Roasted Nuts, Hot Roasted Nuts and Cervesas. Peanuts, Cracker Jack, and Red Vines from Doggie Diner. Sno-cones, cotton candy, and lemonade.
And if none of this appeals, here's AT&T Park's biggest secret of all: you can bring in any outside food you want, no questions asked. Seriously. (The amnesty doesn't apply to alcoholic drinks or any beverage that's not in a sealed plastic bottle, though.) Good neighboring options include fried chicken and waffles from Little Skillet, a whole pizza from Amici's, and Ironside's pressed Cubano.