Rogers Centre awarded sausage tiara
Have you seen the New York Times culinary scorecard for all thirty Major League Baseball stadiums?
The brain child of Michael Lindsay, Jon Huang and Miki Meek features a point and click map that details the good, the bad and the just plain ugly in the world of ballpark cuisine.
The Result is a high gloss portrait of the cornerstone to any great American ballpark. It’s food.
Dungeness Crab, Ichiroll, Anchor Steam Beer and for dessert? The addition of Time’s food scribe Peter Meehan’s two cents which came in the form of an article entitled "buy me some sushi and baby back ribs" http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/08/travel/08baseball.html
Like over priced draft, hot dog vendors and the Skydome hotel, I’m a Roger Centre fixture and am relatively familiar with the run of the land on my home court.
I encountered Mr. Meehan’s article before viewing the corresponding map and was struck by joy, pleasure and heavenly singing angels. All this from the mere thought that this man, Mr. Meehan could expose the bland excuse for fare that the Rogers Centre has been passing off on its fans for almost two decades now.
I read eagerly as Meehan expressed his displeasure with Baltimore’s villainous Charm City crab cake sandwich described as "a sponge that has been used to clean fish"
This man, Meehan’s for real. He’s taking no prisoners, playing no favourites and really laying it on the line for the sake of his readers. He bashes Dodger Dogs (too greasy) Lambasts Best brand Kosher dogs (inferior to Vienna Beef) and roll’s over at a $12.25 large cup of Miller lite (obviously too pricey).
The map itself
was informative but lacked the robust right, to be a fat American with a twenty-dollar ticket and a gold standard for ballpark eats that Mr. Meehan’s column had, instead the map opts for an even handed "what to order" "what to avoid" format. Immediately I knew that my local stadium was about to see an unjustified pumping of its culinary offerings, if we can even call what the Roger Centre offers culinary. The fact is this, the best place to get a bite to eat when visiting the Rogers Centre is any of the host of restaurants that pepper Front St, and cater to the evident lack of edible food at one of Toronto’s largest attractions, the Roger Centre which seats a maximum capacity of around fifty-thousand.
Meehan and Co. delivered their review without causing this devotee to completely lose his faith. They knocked the Roger Centres endless array of pizza, hot dogs, burgers and finally more pizza, enough options to make your head spin. They also balked at Toronto’s attempt at the hearty Montreal smoke-meat sandwich. Questioning the meat, searching for smoke, wondering why on earth we (Torontonians) would have attempted a dish so obviously out of our league. Meehan and Co. christened a hot dog Toronto’s "what to order." More specifically a sausage from a place inside the Roger Centre called the Grille.
Now I’ve seen the Grille, smelt the Grille even been inline @ the Grille but I can honestly say that with only one location inside the massive domed structure, that I have never tasted the Grille. I for one, pay to see the game not wait inline for an over priced sausage that is sure to fail in comparison to anything found beyond the gate.
How cheeky, that a facility that lacks even a single credible source for good eats would be crowned with a sausage tiara.