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