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Ballpark Grub Guide

Petco Park flies the pennant for spectacular ballpark bites and beverages

The San Diego Padres’ Petco Park is America’s #1 Ballpark, as rated by USA Today — and the park’s delicious variety of food and drink plays a huge part in that acclaim.

Chow Down at Petco Park

Indulging in all the great grub at the Padres' park can be like taking a taste tour of San Diego’s best bites and beverages, from fish tacos to Tijuana-style hot dogs to top-flight local craft brews. Check out what’s on the menu, and get ready to cheer for both the swingin’ Friars and the sensational food.

Alpine Beer Co.

A full bar and a rotating selection of beers from the Alpine Brewing/Green Flash family — big local favorites — make this a great spot to get your craft-brew game on. What's more, the space has partnered with Grand Ole BBQ to offer a signature smoked hot link made with irresistible Argentinean-style choripán.

The Draft by Ballast Point

This Petco Park and San Diego mainstay pairs popular brews such as the Sculpin IPA with tempting menu items. Try the classic Baja fish taco, made with beer-battered fish, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo and chipotle sauce; or the Hot Hen fries, featuring seasoned fries topped with honey agave-dipped breaded chicken, hot hen spice, Fresno chili coleslaw, sliced bread & butter pickle and fuego hot sauce.

Elote

Grilled corn (or elote) is a Mexican street-food favorite, and this Petco Park concept takes the delicacy to the next level with two new offerings. The Elote Classico comes with lime crema, cotija cheese, cilantro, fuego sauce and Tajin, the spicy-citrusy chili lime seasoning. And you've simply gotta try the Elote Especial, which adds a topping of Tajin Pop Rocks (trust us, it's amazing) along with a chicharron-carnitas stuffed jalapeno pepper.

Kona Big Wave Patio

Pacific Island-style eats meet refreshing craft brews in this newly inaugurated space. In partnership with Brandt Beef, Kona offers a savory Hawaiian short-rib bowl served with steamed rice, green onions, pickled daikon and carrot and furikake, all topped with signature Big Wave Sauce.

Puesto

With three restaurants around San Diego, Puesto is a local favorite for authentic Mexican food. Step up to the plate for handmade organic tortillas, flavorful guacamole and award-winning tacos like the queso birria (shredded beef short rib) taco, and top it off with a tasty Cadillac margarita.

Cutwater Spirits Rum Bar

Baseball, an ice-cold cocktail from Cutwater Spirits and San Diego's clear blue or starry night skies — that's our idea of a triple play. This local distillery's Three Sheets Rum is crafted from pure cane sugar rather than molasses, and is a nice complement to any Petco Park outing.

Cravory Cookies

Cravory Cookies are familiar to any San Diegan with a sweet tooth. This is the place to go for delicious, fresh gourmet cookies with creative flavors, from lemon bar and salted caramel cream to German chocolate cake and donut glaze.

Barrio Dogg

This foodie gem from Barrio Logan serves Tijuana-style, bacon-wrapped hot dogs on brioche buns. Chow down on Barrio Dogg's signature El Xolito hot dog covered with grilled onions, fresh-cut red onions, cheddar cheese, juicy Roma tomatoes, sour cream, salsa verde and Sriracha aioli.

Grand Ole BBQ

Authentic, Texas-style barbecue is the hit at Grand Ole BBQ, which was born in trendy North Park. Choose from a menu of low- and slow-smoked meat sandwiches such as brisket, pulled pork, and their amazing Borracho fries. 

Pizza Port

Sure, you can get pizza and beer at other stadiums, but not like this. Pizza Port is a beloved San Diego staple, known for its delicious slices and the craft beer it brews. A specialty slice and a Walk-Off Wheat (brewed to be poured at Petco Park) puts pizza and beer on a whole different level.

Seaside Market

Seaside Market in coastal North County's Cardiff-by-the-Sea is famous for its tri-tip, affectionately (and feverishly) known as Cardiff Crack. The only place you can get the tri-tip on nachos, however, is right here at Petco Park. Seaside also offers such one-off delicacies as custom gummi bears.

Randy Jones BBQ

Randy Jones was a southpaw pitcher who spent much of his career with the Padres, using his famous sinker to strike out opposing batters. Now he's famous for his barbecue sauce and grilled goods. The Slugger Dog puts other ballpark dogs to shame, weighing in at a whopping half a pound.

Hodad's

Hodad's is as San Diegan as tan lines and flip-flops. Locals swear by the burgers, but they're not the only ones. Food Network personality Guy Fieri is such a fan (once stating that their bacon is the best he's ever had) that he has his own item on the menu: The Guido Burger.

Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill

You can find Blue Water Seafood on the Terrace Level in the .394 by Alesmith bar. Enjoy a Track Taco with fresh caught shrimp grilled in chipotle butter and topped with Maui onion and mango slaw served on a fresh corn tortilla with melted cheddar, dressed with homemade white sauce, tomatillo sauce, and avocado finished with a pinch of queso fresco. 

Gaglione Brothers

You may not think of cheesesteaks and San Diego as going hand in hand, but you might after stopping at Gaglione Brothers. Their classic cheesesteak can't be beat, with your choice of steak or chicken, grilled onion and American cheese. For extra flavor, grab an order of garlic fries.

Sambazon

Turn your Padres adventure into a bowl game with the awesome superfood açaí, courtesy of Sambazon and its tasty, plant-based açaí bowls. Not only does Sambazon offer such tempting varieties as the chocolate peanut butter bowl, berry bowl and protein bowl, it also serves up an açaí margarita.

San Diego’s Finest Hot Chicken

If hot chicken is your thing, better wing your way over to this brand-new outlet for its specially created Petco Park signature sandwich, the Hot Hen, featuring seasoned crispy chicken topped with Fresno chile slaw, pickles and fuego sauce, and served on a brioche bun.

Cucina Stella

Go Italian at the ballyard with Cucina Stella’s Neapolitan-style pizza, or its specialty meatball sandwich, which pairs hand-made meatballs with marinara sauce and parmesan, all served up on a rustic Italian roll. 

Negihama Sushi

Negihama Sushi offers a variety of fresh-made, grab-and-go sushi in the park’s Mercado section.

Jack in the Box

San Diego’s venerable burgers-and-more behemoth is setting down stakes at Petco Park to serve up such fast-food faves as loaded tiny tacos, chicken strips, curly fries and mini churros. And don’t miss the signature Purple Haze cocktail — not something you can grab at your neighborhood drive-through.

Holy Paleta

The name fits when it comes to this popular local outlet’s much-worshipped paletas, the sweet and fruity Mexican frozen specialties. Holy Paleta sells them both plain and “best dressed” (with a choice of sauces and toppings).

Board and Brew

Sandwiches are the stars at the Petco outpost of this San Diego favorite, including such signature items as the turkado — a towering turkey sando topped with plenty of avocado.

Mister Softee

Get your ice cream on the old-fashioned way with this Petco Park returnee’s swirly desserts, guaranteed to take you right back to kidhood (as well as take the edge off a balmy summer’s day at the ballyard).

Din Tai Fung

The Petco Park edition of this much-loved Taiwanese chain offers such favorites as Korobuta pork buns and wild mushroom vegan buns. And you can top that off with a hard-to-resist boba beverage.

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