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Monday, April 5, 2010

Take me out to the ball game

Opening day is here for the south siders and White Sox Nation is up and excited to get underway for another season of:

A)  Good Baseball
B)  Bad Baseball
C)  Mediocre Baseball
D)  Both A & C
E)  Both B & C

Whatever type of baseball they play this year one thing will always remain a constant... THE FOOD AT US CELLULAR FIELD IS THE BEST IN ALL OF PROFESSIONAL SPORTS!  I mean it, the product on the field can be hit or miss at each game (no pun intended) but the product on the concorse is always dynamite.

HOT DOGS!  HOT DOGS!  Surely anyone who has watched a game on TV has heard the voice of this boisterous hot dog vendor ruining the broadcast with his amplified call of HOT DOGS (sometimes later shouts out ICE CREAM post 7th inning) but he is doing it for good reason.  Those hot dogs are awesome!  For me I skip the traditional hot dog at the park and I do that for one reason and one reason only.

The Polish...  Cover that bad boy in mustard and extra onions, grilled onions that is and give me two of them.  Sure everyone likes to get to the parking lot and tailgate but I hold back so that I have plenty of room for my first and second polish of the season.  Made just down the road on Damen Ave in Lincoln Park, Vienna Beef seasons these just perfectly, the Sox staff gets the flat top grill covered in lard and starts grilling away the onions and polish sausages all together before placing on some nice, sugar refined enriched buns.  I didn't say it was healthy, but it is awesome.

Now it doesn't make much sense to be a pizza blog and start off talking about food other than pizza at the White Sox game, but there is a good reason for that.  The Pizza provided at US Cellular is Connie's Pizza located in Sections 122, 155 (Larussa's Pizza Stand), 163, 522, 544.  I am not going to give a review of Connie's Pizza in general, it has its loyal followers and is a big name but for as good as all the food prepared at the ball game is... I feel Connie's is lagging behind.

It might not be their fault, pizza is tempermental and mass cooking pizza & sliding it under hot lights isn't exactly the way to go but $$$wise that's where we are at with ballparks.  I understand it is probably just as important for them to have the cheese, sausage, and pepperoni pizzas race in the 5th inning as it is to sell at the ballgame.  That advertising alone helps subliminally drive business to their 7 locations.  It is at those 7 locations that you will find a much better brand of pizza as opposed to the ballpark, largely in part due to not having to serve it to the masses.

These days money is tight so when you spend it, make sure you spend it on something good and get yourself a polish or two.  There is plenty of other good food there but I would hardly know because when you have something that works stick with it.

Connie's Pizza
2373 S. Archer Avenue

Chicago, IL, 60616
(312) 326-3443

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