The food at Marlins games at their old stadium was – to be frank – standard ballpark fare.
But now that the team has a new home, they’ve rolled out a new lineup of food, with true Miami flavor.
On Friday the Marlins showed off the fancy offerings that fans will be offered in the 2012 season, including mahi mahi tacos, lime and lobster rolls, and homemade Cuban sandwiches. The menu is “unique to Miami and to baseball,” Marlins President David Samson said.
He said the team put a lot of thought into each food offering. And there is tons of variety, including a “Taste of Miami” section with local restaurants like Latin American Grill and Don Camaron.
“This is really one of the fan favorites here in Miami,” chef Jim Abbey said of Sir Pizza. He said their pizza would be served “fresh baked” and “nice and hot.”
Marlins Park will also boast a local bar, The Clevelander from South Beach.
Many of the concessions will use locally grown food, from Homestead tomatoes to Florida shrimp.
“Whether it’s the way they make their hot dogs, the way they present the hamburgers, even the nachos, you will have a great baseball experience and it’s good for you and great food,” Samson said.
Perhaps the most innovative new wrinkle is that food will be catered to the culinary favorites of the visiting team’s city. When the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals come to town for the season opener Wednesday, the Marlins will offer St. Louis-style ribs. When the New York Mets visit Miami, they’ll serve a corned beef Reuben, and when the Boston Red Sox are here, the featured selection will be a New England lobster roll.