It's Opening Day for the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field, and as usual, the stadium does a solid job of offering local dining options (as well as ballpark standards) at home games. Check out where to eat in the ballpark below. And don’t forget to keep an eye on the calendar for Dollar Dog Nights, the uber-popular promotion for cheap hot dogs topped with the stadium’s famous mustard.
What's new at Progressive Field
New stand: Butcher and the Brewer
This local brewpub, known for its local brews and meat dishes, joins the roster of local restaurants operating ballpark stands. It replaces Cleveland Pickle. Find it: Section 158.
New food items: From pork belly to pizza logs
A number of purveyors added new menu items this year. Throwing Smoke (section 160) has probably the most dramatic one, called the Flamethrower. The pork belly and pulled pork sandwich is topped with bacon jam, barbecue sauce, green apple slaw, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Melt (section 113) now has a grilled cheese stuffed with bacon and mac and cheese, while the Ballpark Classics stands (sections 541 and 559) will serve pizza logs, which sound similar to mozzarella sticks. There are a few other new tacos and nachos dishes, as well.
Also of note at the stadium
Progressive Field has its share of ballpark standards in the way of nachos, burgers, barbecue, ice cream, and dogs (there are even pierogi hot dogs). Here are some of the stands to keep an eye out for:
Melt — This grilled cheese outpost serves up sandwiches stuffed not only with cheese, but everything from barbecued pork to pierogis and sauerkraut. Where: Section 113
Barrio — Cleveland's own Barrio, known for its food truck and Tremont and Lakewood shops, will serve build-your-own tacos with chicken, street corn, or chorizo bases, along with nachos, tequila, and beer. Where: Section 109.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. — Here, find a menu of Brewer's Barley pretzels, bratwurst, and many lagers and ales on tap. Where: Sections 107, 150, 153, 164, 550
Dynomite Burger — Zack Bruell's Cleveland burger concept makes its way into the stadium this year. Look for the Parallax with white cheddar, onion, bacon, and barbecue mayo or the Chinato with mortadella, mozzarella, tomato, balsamic onions, and tomato mayo. Dynomite also offers milkshakes in flavors like date and salted caramel. Where: Section 114.
The Corner Bar — This two-story bar has more than 40 beers on tap, including many self-serve craft options. On the lower level, find outdoor drink rails for fans who want to watch what's happening on the field; upstairs, there are lounge areas and a fire pit. Inside, plenty of televisions broadcast the game. Where: Sections 117-125.
Momocho — Hip Ohio City Mexican restaurant Momocho now has a stand at the ballpark. Available there: quesadillas with fillings like barbacoa and chorizo, as well as a variety of nachos dishes with similar toppings. Where: Section 139.
What to drink at Progressive Field
New beer options this year include MadTree Brewing and White Claw (along with new stand Butcher and the Brewer). At the Corner Bar’s ( Sections 117-125) Beer Wall, choose from beers from Fat Head’s (which also has its own stand), Sibling Revelry, Market Garden Brewery (a new offering this year), Willoughby Brewing Company, and more. Brew Kettle has a stand as well (Section 159). Great Lakes (Sections 107, 150, 153, 164, 550) has several locations throughout the park. Absolut Mule offers spins on the Moscow mule (including a Jameson variation) and Malibu rum cocktails (Section 117). Anheuser, Sam Adams, Leinenkugel, and Labatt are well-represented throughout the park.