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Here Comes the Boom(stick): 6 New Food Recs for Target Field

According to the Bleacher Report, Target Field is currently ranked 13th overall and third in the AL Central based on their food selection. The following six food suggestions can help boost Minnesota to the top of the culinary experience league.
On June 15th, 2019, I conquered the Boomstick hot dog, the two-foot homage to Minnesota’s beloved designated hitter, Nelson Cruz. This all stemmed from an unfortunate retweeting incident.



Although I haven’t had a hot dog since that fateful evening, I recently decided to set forth and try every food item at Target Field dedicated to a current player. Upon further research, I discovered that beyond the Boomstick hot dog and La Tortuga’s torta, there are no other food options available. Therefore, I decided to create my own menu of foods that should be available at Target Field out of my personal admiration for all of these following players.

Josh Donaldson: The Bringer of Grain (Bowls)

Josh Donaldson is no stranger to the carnivorous, bloody game of baseball. However, off the field, Donaldson enjoys a plant-based lifestyle, largely influenced by his girlfriend and the documentary “The Game Changers”. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Donaldson’s only use of animal products comes in the form of his baseball glove. Although he occasionally dabbles in pescetarianism, Donaldson is a firm believer in the power of plants. Who can argue with his success and subsequent comeback in 2019 after a major lifestyle change following two injury-riddled seasons?

The Bringer of Grain Bowl will be served much like other well-known, fast casual establishments, where diners can choose a grain (farro, barley, white or brown rice, or quinoa), plant-based protein (vegetarian sausage, tempeh, seitan, beans, or tofu), and an unlimited amount of vegetables. All dressings and sauces will also be vegan.

Suggested Price: $14.99, +$2 for guacamole

Byron Buxton: Byron’s Brats

Last summer, I took numerous trips across Minnesota that were accompanied by the Treasure Island Baseball Network. During almost every pitching change, a certain sausage commercial voiced by Byron Buxton always came on the radio. Therefore, in the year following the “Bomba Squad”, it would only be appropriate to rename the “Bomba Brat” to “Byron’s Brats”, to signify the beginning of a new season and the return of Byron Buxton to Target Field.

Byron’s Brat can be served in a number of ways. Traditionalists are always able to get their brat plain, but a fresh peach salsa can also be provided to more adventurous eaters as an homage to Buxton’s Georgia roots. The sweetness of the peach is a fantastic counterbalance to the spices in the sausage, while providing a refreshing bite on a hot summer day.

Suggested Price: $8.00

Luis Arraez: Arraez’ Arepas

Much like La Tortuga, Luis Arraez was the breakout star of the second half of 2019. Therefore, Target Field also needs a food dedicated to Arraez, yesterday. As a fellow foodie, Arraez frequently documents his meals on social media. He can be seen enjoying a variety of foods from cakes and pastries to freshly grilled meats, sandwiches, holiday meals, and much more. However, one item that takes the cake on his Instagram are arepas, an unleavened flat patty made out of ground maize (corn) dough that is often served sandwich style with various meats, cheeses, and vegetables. Out of all the foods that Arraez posts on his social media, the arepa appears the most often, during both the regular season and offseason.

Arraez’ Arepas will be served in the most traditional matter to introduce new diners to the flavors of Venezuela. Venezuelan arepas are typically served with a decadent combination of beef, avocado, and cheese. Further investigation is needed to determine Arraez’ favorite arepa, but until then, Target Field go-ers can enjoy the phenomenal flavors of this traditional South American dish.

Suggested Price: $12.00

Lewis Thorpe: Bullpen Catch of the Day

According to his Instagram, Lewis Thorpe spends a large amount of time in the off-season in Florida (but really, who can blame him). However, what many fans don’t know is that Thorpe is also an avid fisherman. He frequently displays his catch of the day on his social media. Therefore, for this young Australian lefty, a fish dish is the most appropriate cuisine to bear his recognition.

Furthermore, there are very few pescatarian options available at Target Field. Although there are numerous vegan and vegetarian options available around the concourse, there aren’t many selections for the Friday night fish-fry go-ers. Therefore, a catch of the day is the most appropriate food item to not only honor Thorpe’s fishing prowess but also Minnesota’s wildlife and 10,000 lakes. From the walleye to the northern pike, the possibilities are endless. Plus, the versatility in the ever-changing fish options ensures that the freshest catches in Minnesota are always served to Twins fans.

Suggested Price: $13.00

Sergio Romo: Sergio’s Subs
Sergio Romo gave the best interview of 2019, when he reminisced about his early playing career and what he would have done had he not pursued baseball. I would highly recommend watching the entire interview, but if you are currently rushing over to Target Field to demand the above food options, skip to 3:55 to see why Sergio’s Subs must be a Minnesota staple.



Suggested Price: $12.00 for an 8 inch, $16.00 for a footlong

And of course, absolutely every food item at Target Field will now be offered with a side of GarvSauce, a green chile based sauce that adds a spicy punch to everything that also happens to originate from Mitch Garver’s home state of New Mexico.

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I’d be all for the arepas!
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tarheeltwinsfan
Jan 23 2020 07:08 PM

Enjoyable article. Thanks. Suddenly I'm hungry. Excuse me while I go into my kitchen for some leftovers.. 

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MMMordabito
Jan 23 2020 08:16 PM

Probably need a 7th option, because something needs to replace those overpriced, disgusting Soul Bowls they were peddling last year.I was hopeful on that item, but the delivery was terrible.  

 

I also wonder if the Boomstick will be back.I don't know how many times I passed by that stand and there were 8-10 laying on the griddle and nobody in line.  

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strumdatjaguar
Jan 23 2020 08:56 PM
Just bring back nickel beer night and I’m happy.
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IndianaTwin
Jan 23 2020 09:38 PM

Fun article, with the bonus of being introduced to the word “pescetarianism.” 

 

How about Polanco’s Poblanos, too many of which might lead to a short stop in the restroom?

 

Or Miguel’s Sano-Cones, because on a hot day in the Dominican or at Target Field, nothing cools you off like those cups of shaved ice, particularly with Dominican flavors like passion fruit and tamarind in addition to the standard cherry, grape and rainbow-colored ones?

 

And perhaps Der Schlagger’s Schnitzels, to celebrate the career home run leader among players born in Germany?

 

The kids might go for Pineda’s Piñatas, where you break open the little papier-mâché container for a bunch of jolly ranchers, root beer barrels, cinnamon discs, and other hard candies.

 

 

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Big fan of this. I'd eat the Grain Bowl and the Arepas all day.

 

Re: the catch of the day, what about an all you can eat Friday Night Fish Fry? Make it a charity event with some percentage of proceeds going to whatever good cause they want. 13 opportunities to eat yourself silly on a Friday night and feel good about it.

Apr 17, Apr 24, May 8, May 22, Jun 5, Jun 19, Jun 26, Jul 10, Jul 31, Aug 14, Aug 21, Sep 4, Sep 18

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Cory Engelhardt
Jan 24 2020 07:57 AM

Is there a Sano cone, basically shaved ice with different flavors? Possibly for kids or options for 21+? 

 

Loved this article. Thanks!

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Dave The Dastardly
Jan 24 2020 08:21 AM

Twins fans, with little baseball news in the gristmill, are obviously starving for information.

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More food ideas:

Over the (Rich) Hill Hotdog - We found old Dome dogs that we think are still edible! I'd wait until June first before trying them... 

 

Eggs Odorizzi - I mean, how is this not a food item right now? 2 over easy eggs on toast, topped with GarvSauce. 

 

Taylor's Tots - a small size of tator tots is all you need when Rogers is pitching.... Because the game will be over soon! 

 

Just a Littell Bit of Everything - a Platter option to choose 1-3 food items for the low, low price of $35! 

 

Home® Cooking - A station with a microwave so you can bring your home cooked meals to the ballpark! $10 for every 10 seconds in the microwave. 

 

 

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strumdatjaguar
Jan 24 2020 01:41 PM
Max Kepler Schnitzel night. Or Brat night. Strudel night. Bier night. Porsche Give-away night. Time the promotion to a game started by opposing pitcher Domingo Germán The Germanesque possibilities abound.

I chose the wrong day to skip lunch. I'll take one of each with Garvsauce on all of it (That includes the BoomStick)

 

More food ideas:

Over the (Rich) Hill Hotdog - We found old Dome dogs that we think are still edible! I'd wait until June first before trying them... 

 

Eggs Odorizzi - I mean, how is this not a food item right now? 2 over easy eggs on toast, topped with GarvSauce. 

 

Taylor's Tots - a small size of tator tots is all you need when Rogers is pitching.... Because the game will be over soon! 

 

Just a Littell Bit of Everything - a Platter option to choose 1-3 food items for the low, low price of $35! 

 

Home® Cooking - A station with a microwave so you can bring your home cooked meals to the ballpark! $10 for every 10 seconds in the microwave. 

I will pass on the Hill Dogs... I didn't care much for Dome Dogs so there's that...

 

Taylors Tots need to be seasoned with something maybe like Potatoe Oles and there needs to be dipping sauce... Oh wait... More Garvsauce!

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DutchFarmer
Jan 24 2020 08:29 PM
Dome dog please
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IndianaTwin
Jan 24 2020 09:11 PM

Big fan of this. I'd eat the Grain Bowl and the Arepas all day.
 
Re: the catch of the day, what about an all you can eat Friday Night Fish Fry? Make it a charity event with some percentage of proceeds going to whatever good cause they want. 13 opportunities to eat yourself silly on a Friday night and feel good about it.
Apr 17, Apr 24, May 8, May 22, Jun 5, Jun 19, Jun 26, Jul 10, Jul 31, Aug 14, Aug 21, Sep 4, Sep 18


You might be doing okay through three or four, but I doubt you’ll be feeling good about it after your sixth or seventh fried fish patty.

Spoken from experience. My sons’ high school did two fish fry fundraisers every year.