The Giants are entering their 140th year as a franchise, 65th year in San Francisco, and 23rd year at Oracle Park — the Jordan year. And before the season has even begun, the Giants already led the spring training pack in base steals, a priority for the MLB thanks to that new pitch clock. Plus, the team is well on its way to selling out opening day on April 7.
In other words: It’s shaping up to be a good one.
Of course, fans ought to have plenty of drinks and snacks in hand when the first pitch sails over home base. This year Oracle Park offers a few new choices, some of which are highlighted in this guide. A grilled cheese cart has made its way to the Alaska Airlines Club Level, complete with meat-stuffed iterations, a truffle and jalapeno riff, and straight cheese sammies, too. When it comes to drinks, newcomers include espresso martinis, Jose Cuervo margaritas on tap, and Juneshine hard kombucha. Plus, on June 24, the first 20,000 guests will receive an “SF Foodie Shirt,” a hodgepodge aloha shirt featuring some of the goods offered at the ballpark.
Outside Oracle Park, there remains a fleet of South Beach restaurants and bars to hit before the game. Brickhouse has fed legions of fans for years, in addition to the players themselves from time to time. Underdogs Cantina opened its newest restaurant and bar on King Street and is eager for the season to start. Once you make it into the park, though, try any of these 11 dishes to make that first homer into McCovey Cove really splash.
These spicy, blistered peppers, served over labneh, come to the fans from the ballpark’s in-house restaurant Public House. They’re chef Josh Saenz’s riff on classic jalapeno poppers.
The Laughing Sal cocktail
Rimmed with Pop Rocks, this drink packs a heavy Tito’s vodka punch. It’s the best booze to drink beyond the expansive beer selection in the 415 Club, where brews like Pliny the Younger start at $9. It’s also available at the Cloud Club, the exclusive club at the tippy top of the park — where once you pay for access, all food and drink is free. Cloud Club is also the only club to rotate its offerings on a thematic basis and has featured menus that pay homage to Playland and Chinatown in the past.
Alright, no one can truly dethrone the classic Gilroy garlic fries. But it does make a ton of sense to throw Old Bay-seasoned Dungeness crab on top of those famous fries given San Francisco’s longstanding love affair with the crustacean. There’s a garlic-lemon aioli and snipped chives slathered on top, to boot. One can snag this decadent new fried snack in Section 112’s Murph’s Pub and the Blue Cross Field Club’s Cove.
Garden veggie dog
Oracle Park’s vegetarian-only food kiosk, the Garden, lies on the stadium’s first floor. The park serves Field Roast pea protein-based dogs with roasted red pepper chutney and arugula. It might not seem like much, but the chance to enjoy a bite of the Americana ballpark lifestyle for a vegetarian could be huge. The Garden, an outdoor bar space near the Bullpen Ballpark and the 415 Club, also features an edible garden and a majority gluten-free menu.
Served out of Orlando’s Caribbean Grill, this new dish combines jerk chicken, swiss cheese, and chipotle crema. When it comes to meaty newcomers, there’s also an Italian beef sandwich out of the Chicago Dog Cart. But given Orlando’s much-loved Cha Cha Bowl, this chimichanga is already a win. The kiosk is a nod to Puerto Rican hall of fame member Orlando Cepeda who debuted for the Giants in 1958.
The Krazy Krab sandwich
Lines stretch from the crab stand to Peet’s Coffee across the way, with sandwiches squeezed against each other on the grill to meet the demand. One would be a fool to miss this sandwich, sporting Dungeness crab mixed with mayo between Boudin bread. According to the park’s Director of Operations for Bon Apetit Michael Bear, the stadium sells 2,500 of them each game day.
This North Beach classic just hits different in a ballpark, grease and all. Oracle Park just added a vegetarian slice to the menu for the first time.
This dish seems destined to be a new iconic treat at Oracle Park. It’s both a churro and a waffle, which seems like a slam dunk — excuse the mixed sports metaphor. Sacramento-based Burgess Brothers BBQ is serving this alongside their ultimate grand-slam sliders, both new additions to Section 110 in the park. These sweets come drizzled in syrup with whipped cream on the side.
The Barchetta sandwich
This porchetta-stuffed sandwich topped with arugula is part of a new offering from the Oracle Park team and worth checking out. The sandwich is offered alongside a host of Italian beers including Peroni, and the team is looking to add even more into the lineup soon.
It’s old news to feign surprise when the plant-based version of a classic dish tastes just like the traditional meat-filled version. But this vegan cheesesteak, with a peppery bite and gooey cheese, stands out amongst the crowd of would-be replacements. The park’s It’s Impossible stand serves up all the classics — chicken nuggets, burgers, and chili — but vegan alternatives. Of note: the vegan chili was so popular they made it the only chili available in the park.
This dessert is probably the only vegan and gluten-free dessert in the ballpark. And while the Lumpia Company also serves their signature fried food, it’s the soft serve, which comes in pineapple or strawberry calamansi, that makes vegans love the ballpark. By the way, the business is run in part by famous Bay Area rapper E-40.