Marlins Park Food – Best Food in the Majors?

This past Saturday night, I went to see the Miami Marlins take on my Tampa Bay Rays (sorry about the sweep, Fish) and to eat some great Marlins Park food. This was the third time I’ve gone to a game at Marlins Park, and I’ve gone out of my way to eat something different each time. And each time – I’ve found something awesome to eat!

So I decided to give you a short tour through the Marlins Park food that I’ve been able to taste (and remember to get a picture of). One thing you’ll notice – I have not yet figured out how to take great pictures of food. They get the point across to you, but hopefully, my words will help describe the cuisine in such a way that you’ll be intrigued enough to try the food.

There are lots of pictures of the food, but there’s also pictures of the menu in The Clevelander at the bottom.

 

Marlins Park Food Concessions

First, let me try to explain all of the different restaurants on the property. Most of this is from memory, but it should give you a good idea of the options.

  • Burger 305: They have a couple of these on the main concourse, but they have the main restaurant up in the club level. From what I’ve gathered, the club level restaurant is much better, and offers more options. The burger I want to try is the Shrimp Burger, which comes with chopped up gulf shrimp and key lime aioli.
  • Sir Pizza: Doesn’t look that great and haven’t heard anything great about it.
  • Metro Grill: Only in the club level. If you get up there, I hear great things about the Lime ‘n Lobster Roll, as well as the Steak And Wedge Sandwich. The latter is a seared beef tenderloin sandwich, with bacon, lettuce, tomato, bleu cheese, steak sauce and spicy fried onions on top. If you do end up getting this – bring me your leftovers!
  • Fan Feast: At first look, this is just your normal chicken tenders/hot dog spot. But the Sobe Hot Dog should pique your interest. I’ll try it someday, but it didn’t excite me enough to forego any of the below choices.
  • The Clevelander: For those not familiar, The Clevelander is a landmark hotel in South Beach. Their satellite spot at Marlins Park has some of the best food options in the stadium. They also have dancing women, a swimming pool and topless women getting their bodies painted. Seriously! It’s just not a great spot to watch a baseball game, though.

 

Marlins Park Food – Main Concourse

Below are the different dishes I have been able to get a bite or two from. Some are grand slams, some are bunts, but they’re all worth trying. Two of the games I’ve gone to have been in the seats either on the main level or up in the 300 level. You have access to all of these food options.

 

Hot dogs at Marlins Park

VERY good hot dogs at the regular concession stands. The buns were top-split and buttered. These buns were mangled, though, like the guy opened them up while wearing boxing gloves.

 

Fish tacos at Marlins Park

These fish tacos had waaaay too much cole slaw on them. But they tasted amazing. Others I saw were dressed correctly. I would give this another shot! The pickled red onions were GREAT on top.

 

Kosher Korner at Marlins Park

I have a feeling this is one of the few Major League Baseball stadiums that has a kosher concession stand.

 

The Taste of Miami

There’s a small, hidden corner area just next to the Budweiser Skyline Bar, and under the 300 level down the left-field foul line. It’s an area called, “The Taste of Miami,” where several restaurants are situated away from the rest of the stadium. Once you walk in, it’s overheated, it’s packed, and all you hear is Spanish! It really is a taste of Miami! I ate the pork sandwich at Papo Llega y Pon, and my friend George got the Cuban sandwich. He said it was, “OK.” But then again, he’s a stoic Australian that hasn’t been impressed since the moon landing.

 

The Taste of Miami

The Cuban sandwich presses are always working at The Taste of Miami.

 

Pork sandwich at Papo Llega y Pon

The the pork sandwich ($7) at Papo Llega y Pon is SILLY good. The more chunks of crispy pork you get, the better. With an order of Marquitas (fried plantains with garlic sauce - $6).

 

Helmet full of nachos!

Who can turn down a helmet full of nachos!?! Nando and J.J. got them, and they were great. They have chipotle cheese, rather than nacho cheese ... and it's BETTER!!!

 

Nando and J.J. also got a bag of warm, roasted peanuts. Yeah, that’s right — they were WARM!!!

 

Cuban sandwich at Papo Llega y Pon

George had already eaten half of this Cuban Sandwich before I got a picture. So imagine this -- times two.

 

Food at The Clevelander at Marlins Park

Marlins Park secret: If you buy a ticket to any seat in Marlins Park, you are able to go down and go into The Clevelander for just $10. You can also just buy a $25 standing-room-only ticket (without a regular ticket), and watch the game from the bar or from the circular bar tables near the pool. Finally, you can buy a $50 ticket, which gets you into The Clevelander, and gets you a spot on one of the three rows of seating looking through the left-field fence. There are three rows of love seats to sit in. Big, spacious, cushioned — very comfortable.

And this last part is worth noting — the service at The Clevelander at Marlins Park is absolutely phenomenal. The waiters in the $50 seats were great and are usually ready for whatever you need. Full of answers for your questions, too. My friends, Nando and his wife J.J., said the bartender they dealt with was great. She was gorgeous and remembered your name. Two great qualities!

 

The Magnum Hot Dog at The Clevelander at Marlins Park

The Magnum: A half-lb. beef hot dog wrapped in bacon, with pickles, tomatoes, onions, sauerkraut and mustard ($13). Too much extra stuff. I would have just loved the hot dog, bun and mustard.

 

The Magnum Hot Dog at Marlins Park

For perspective, look at how big The Magnum hot dog is!

 

Buffalo wings at Marlins Park

The buffalo wings had a nice spicy bite, weren't overcooked and were nice size pieces. $12 for 10

 

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich at The Clevelander at Marlins Park

Spicy Chicken Sandwich ($14) -- with lettuce, tomato, jalapenos, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, and roasted tomato mayonnaise. This is the one thing I didn't try that I REALLY want to!

 

Tater Tachos at the Clevelander at Marlins Park

My favorite: The Tater Tachos ($13), with cheese, jalapenos, chili, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. Went great with a Shock Top beer!

 

Food Menu for The Clevelander at Marlins Park

Food Menu for The Clevelander at Marlins Park

 

Drink Menu for The Clevelander at Marlins Park

Drink Menu for The Clevelander at Marlins Park

 

I hope this pictorial helped answer some of your questions about the food at Marlins Park. I’ve been to about half of the stadiums in the league so far, and I have to say, I think Marlins Park has the best food in the majors. Before this stadium came along, I was a huge fan of the food at Petco Park, with Randy Jones barbecue and the fish tacos at Rubio’s. But I think South Florida just topped Southern California.

 

David Gonos spent 5 years as a CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer and three more years writing with SI.com. Over the past 17 years, his work has been published on NFL.com, MLB.com, FanDuel, FoxSports.com and USA Today. Since 2001, he has been tracking down the Top 45 Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools online You can contact David Gonos here.
By | 2012-06-13T23:31:03+00:00 June 15th, 2012|Fantasy Baseball, Food ...|

2 Comments

  1. […] audience that’s unable to run out to another restaurant. Although, I have to add, the new Marlins Park might have the best food in all Major League […]

  2. […] Miami, there’s the Taste of Miami section of the stadium, where there are several Cuban vendors making amazing Cuban food, like Chicharones and pork […]

Leave a Reply

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers: