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Spending the day watching baseball at PNC Park is a real treat.
Speaking of treats...eating at PNC Park is a culinary adventure! It's part of the whole ballgame experience.
Here are some suggestions that go beyond peanuts and cracker jacks, AND check out what's new at the Park this 2023 season HERE!
Sections 113-114, 123, 313, 304
Already a fan favorite at other Pittsburgh stadiums, Caliente Pizza & Draft House is now serving up giant slices of Sicilian, pepperoni and cheese pizza to fans in 2023. They don't have a dedicated stand, but can be found throughout the ballpark added to the normal concessions in sections 113-114, 123, 313 and 304.
Fun Fact: Move over New York and Chicago. Caliente's Mee-Maw pizza earned the title of Best Pizza in America in 2019.
Bottom of the left field rotunda
Easily the best kept secret in the park right now, but one I'm happy to share. Head to the bottom of the left field rotunda, keep walking around to the back of the structure and grab the best beer in the park direct from Cinderlands.
Cans Available: Raise It, Squish, Lil Cinder Lime, Full Squish (drafts coming soon)
If you only glance up at the sign, Chicken Pitt might just look like another generic concession stand. However, new additions here include some of the best snacks in the game today, including the Bucco Crunch Dog (deep-fried and on a Martin's roll) and fried pickle curds (cheese curds, pickle and a side of A+ ranch aioli).
This newly remodeled barbecue stand is named after former Pirates catcher Manny Sanguillen, who has been known to hang around and sign autographs for fans. Eagle-eyed snack connoisseurs will note the new addition of the topped Mrs. T's mini pierogis you can get with either BBQ pork or chicken
On the menu: house smoked BBQ pork and chicken, mac n cheese, topped mini pierogis, slaw
Two local Pittsburgh restaurants (Coop De Ville and Station) helped inspire the menus at these spots, and both are located right near seats and tables along the outfield wall to sit and enjoy your meal.
On the menu: NEW Nashville hot chicken sandwich, double ranch burgers, fried pickle curds, plant burgers
Section 132, Pop's Plaza
Home of the famous pulled pork pierogi (a Pittsburgh regional delicacy dumpling) hoagie and pulled pork nachos. Don't think too much about this one, just unhinge your jaw and chow down.
But what if a pierogi was life-size, anthropomorphic and ran around the field: You're in luck, that's exactly what happens during our 7th Inning Stretch. This just may be Sauerkraut Sal's year...
Be sure to take advantage of all the new 2023 improvements in this section of the ballpark. New technology here allows you to get everything delicious here in one place, with kiosks to order from one central location and get your crab fries, ballpark burgers and more.
On the menu: Chickie's & Pete's Crabfries (get extra cheese, dipping these things gets addictive), burgers
You can't go wrong with a Primanti's sandwich piled high with fresh deli meats and cheeses and topped off with French fries and cole slaw. A true Pittsburgh classic. Just around the corner from this booth is Quaker Steak & Lube, another regional favorite selling buckets of fresh wings.
First-timers read this: The Pitts-Burger is the go-to order here, which will be a ground beef patty, coleslaw and fries all piled on freshly-baked white bread.
It's easy to find good beer throughout the park (North Country's Fireman's Red is my go-to during game day), but the Bullpen Bar specifically features the flavors brewed right here in the city including rotating favorites from Threadbare, Cinderlands and other top-notch pours.
Section 118 (Home Plate)
Try something on the healthier side at this grab-and-go space. The quinoa salad is a filling and delicious alternative to hot dogs and loaded with peppers, onion, feta and olives.
On the menu: Grab-n-go salads, Papa Duke's gyros
Sections 135 and 137
For me, nachos and hot dogs are the quintessential ballpark foods. Find both as you head to the bottom of the rotunda and head towards center field. Upscale nachos with fresh toppings and crisp hot dogs with a snap to them; there's really nothing better.
On the menu: chili, classic and Chicago-style dogs inspired by local Smallman Street Deli, nachos
Behind Section 106
Treat yourself to a helmet cookie sundae, served just as it says with a fresh baked cookie on top of ice cream in a souvenir helmet sundae bowl. No Pittsburgh home is complete without a few of these on hand.
If these aren't enough for you, check out these unique offerings at PNC Park, or head to a ball game soon for great baseball and a smorgasbord of food choices! What is your favorite food to eat during a Pirates game?