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Pitch Perfect: The Best Ballparks for Food

These stadiums get three cheers for their grub

Though never ones to turn down a good ol' fashioned hot dog (relish and mustard, please), we're cheering for the trend of real-deal restaurateurs and chefs taking over baseball stadium food.

With eats this good, the seventh-inning stretch may turn into a seventh-inning nap. Here, seven parks that are giving stadium food a good name.

1. Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)
The home of the Braves is now the home of not one but three H&F Burgers. For the uninitiated, that's Holeman & Finch—and its burger is a secret menu item of which only 24 are made in the restaurant a night. So if you've yet to experience the insider favorite, take yourself out to the next game. Better yet, get one of the 24 H&F outfield seats for a fast pass that lets you cut the line. Yes, that's right. A burger fast pass.

2. Safeco Field (Seattle, WA)
Because they wouldn't be Mariners without proper seafood options, local food star Ethan Stowell overhauled the menu at Sound Seafood, located in the park, and stacked it with fried oysters, Dungeness crab rolls and New England-style clam chowder. Snackers should forgo popcorn and pretzels for Beecher's cheese curds topped with Ballard Bee Co. honey and pickled peppers.

3. Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)
If we were to make a cheesy home-run pun, we'd make it here. Israeli-American chef Michael Solomonov's Federal Donuts is the latest addition to the home field for the Phillies. Naturally, there will be fresh-fried doughnuts, but we'll be filling up on the fried chicken. Cheesesteak diehards, don't despair: Tony Luke's continues its outfield tenure.

4. AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)
While not technically in the park itself, Public House stands as the zenith of all baseball dining. Chef Traci Des Jardins helms the restaurant, which serves SF favorites (Humphry Slocombe ice cream, Anchor Steam-battered fish and chips) and twists on American classics (mini corn dogs, house-made Cracker Jax). When you're ready to root, root, root for the Giants, use the secret stadium entrance in the back of the restaurant.

5. Nationals Park (Washington, D.C.)
He's got three local spots under his belt—Kapnos, Graffiato, and G—but chef Mike Isabella decided to put the last one into the game. Just opened in the Nationals's stadium this year, the sandwich stand serves its version of the Italian sub, kielbasa made by The Source and a cauliflower sandwich for vegetarians. Should a D.C. staple be all you're after, go for the infamous half-smokes (beef and pork sausage with all the fixings) from Ben's Chili Bowl or shwarma from H Street's Shawafel.

6. Citi Field (Queens, New York)
Three strikes, you're out. Three meaty options, we're in. The replacement for Shea Stadium and new-ish home of the Mets offers a carnivore's trifecta of Danny Meyer's Shake Shack (singles, doubles and shroom burgers are all available), Blue Smoke (go for the pulled pork and spareribs platter) and Pat LaFrieda burgers.

7. Yankee Stadium (Bronx, New York)
A New York institution themselves, the pinstripes would never settle for anything less than iconic to the city. Lobel's, the old-school Manhattan meat purveyors, serves signature steak sandwiches sliced on-premises. Representing the new school are Parm's Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi with favorites from their Nolita shop, including the chicken parm that put them on the map.

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