Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA, may be one of the best places in America to watch a baseball game and relax after a day at work talking about promo pens or the price of steel, but it’s also one of the best places to eat while watching a baseball game. Here’s a few of CBP’s best places to get a bite.
This was one of the smartest decisions by Phillies management on a few levels. For one, the openness of Ashburn Alley allows fans to socialize and get a bite to eat or a cold beverage while still being able to watch the game in an open area. Also, naming it after a Philadelphia legend, both on the field and in the broadcast booth, gives the concept as a whole a very sentimental feeling.
Look out in Ashburn Alley at any point during the game and you will see people everywhere, in part due to the food options available. If you’re in the mood for a cheesesteak, Philadelphia staples Tony Luke’s or Campo’s are located in Ashburn Alley and offer a similar (if more expensive) product to what you’ll find at their respective establishments. Planet Hoagie offers hoagies and other sandwich options as well as numerous healthier, and even vegetarian, food options. If it’s pizza, cotton candy, a soft pretzel, or a good old Hatfield Phillies frank hot dog or sausage, you can also get those in Ashburn Alley, among even more options.
Harry The K’s
This full-service restaurant provides fans with a reason to get to the ballpark early and sit down for a nice pregame meal while still being able to watch batting practice or even the first few innings of the game. Harry spent most of his adult life sitting next to Whitey in the Phillies broadcast booth, so it is only appropriate that Harry The K’s be adjacent to Ashburn Alley in left field.
The Bull’s BBQ
Named after Phillies legend Greg “The Bull” Luzinski, The Bull’s BBQ offers traditional barbecue fare such as ribs, chicken, turkey legs, roast beef, and more. My personal favorite is the “Bull Dog”, a delicious kielbasa on a long roll. Don’t forget to say hi to “The Bull” himself, who is usually hanging out near the food line.
Chickie’s and Pete’s
While this stand is located very near Ashburn Alley and The Bull’s BBQ in right-center field, it deserves its own category. While Chickie’s and Pete’s, a Philadelphia favorite with multiple locations in the area, is known for a lot of their food, nothing compares to their famous crab fries. Besides beverages, crab fries, along with their famous cheese sauce, is the only food item available for purchase at this stand, yet the line can often be dozens deep at any point during the game. Ask any Phillies fans about crab fries, and odds are they will be raving, so it’s definitely worth trying at Citizens Bank Park. Make sure you get the cheese sauce to dip them in!
Named after Hall of Famer and Phillies legend Mike Schmidt, the Schmitter is a creation of Philadelphia’s McNally’s Tavern and is sold near Section 140. The Schmitter consists of two kaiser rolls with steak, salami, lots of cheese, tomatoes, and friend onions all smothered in “special” sauce to create a decicious (but unfortunately messy) ballpark treat.
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