The Dodgers under new ownership has been a marvel of management best practices. The brain trust of President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and General Manager Farhan Zaidi has the Boys in Blue in serious contention for a World Series bid for what seems like the umpteenth year. Dodgers Executive Chef Ryan Evans is trying to employ a similarly successful culture for the in-stadium dining program in 2018.
After his first full off-season of planning following his appointment in March 2017, Evans is starting by expanding the food offerings at the Reserve level and experimenting with social media techniques to announce limited-time specials. Give Evans a follow on Twitter at @LADExecChef or on Instagram @dodgerstadiumfood to see the latest specials.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the more notable dishes at Dodger Stadium. Have a favorite not listed here? Let us know in the comments.
Notable Things to Try
Torta — Available in a variety of proteins and a vegan nopales option, the torta is a new entrant for the 2018 season. The telera bread is sourced from La Princesa Bakery, and the sandwich — available in carne asada, nopales and pulled chicken — will be available at the LA Open Deck Circle locations.
Cheeto-lote — A proper elote is quintessential Los Angeles street food, from Kendrick Lamar eating one while sitting in a palm tree in his “King’s Dead” music video to the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-encrusted version now being sold at Elysian Park Grills at Dodger Stadium.
Dodger Burger — The Dodger Burger, a burger topped with jalapeno poppers and sliced Dodger Dogs, drew plaudits from LA Times writer Dylan Hernandez last year. This year it comes with an added bonus: It’ll be available at the Reserve Level and not exclusively down the 3rd base line on the Field Level.
Vegetarian and Healthy Options
The Healthy Cart has made some serious updates this year, and Dodger Stadium is making some effort to embrace folks looking to eat healthy. Some of the new entries include a quinoa and chickpea salad and a roasted chicken sandwich on a pretzel-croissant. For those craving their poke fix, Base Bowls is also available on the Field level.
In addition to the aforementioned nopales torta at the LA Open Deck Circle, Buds & Burgers will also be offering a Portobello Mushroom Burger. For the traditionalists, vegan Dodger Dogs will also be available at select locations.
Dodger Stadium caused a minor stir last year with some selections out of left field, including a Chicken and Waffle Sandwich (now available regularly on the Reserve Level). This year’s specials will include dishes like the chicken sausage banh mi dog, and guest appearances from LA-area chefs like Howlin’ Rays’ Johnny Ray Zone.
Location Specific Dishes
Right Field Pavilion
In Right Field Pavilion did the Guggenheim Partners an acid reflux-dome decree: The All You Can Eat Pavilion at Dodger Stadium remains in effect, and though tickets run more than their Left Field counterparts, fans can enjoy all-you-can-eat Dodger Dogs, nachos, popcorn and peanuts. Soda is included, beer is not.
Tommy Lasorda’s Trattoria (Right Field Pavilion) serves Italian-American comfort food, with things like a popular meatball sub, plates of penne marinara, and pizza foccacia.
Left Field Pavilion
The #ITFDB Bar and Think Blue BBQ are located in the Left Field Pavilion — the spots are popular before and after games, so head over early and take comfort in the fact that you don’t have to walk too long a way to get to seats.
Reserve and Loge Levels
If craving carne asada fries at a Dodger Game (or basically any time in general, like everyone else), look into LA Taqueria (Reserve 13, Loge 109, Field 46). LA Taqueria also puts out carne asada tacos, nachos and churros, and though most Angelenos would not find them to be very impressive.
For even more fried food, there’s funnel cakes, churros and fried Twinkies over at Trolley Dodger Treats (Field 46).