The 2015 baseball season is here and the six-year-old Target Field went deep — adding some new, local options:
The most notable addition is Barrio, which is located by left field in a space formerly occupied by one of the Majestic Twins Clubhouse shops. The sight lines are great and the fresh, Mexican food is sure to be a draw on those hot, summer days.
Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen has moved into a more permanent spot next to Hrbek’s (by Gate 14); ditching their mobile spot, which was previously located along the third base line.
The Red Cow is now serving their fantastic burgers out by left field. Their lineup includes the Blues Burger, the Ultimate Red Cow Burger, and the 60/40 Bacon Burger. This is likely to be a regular stop for fans of the local burger chain.
Hot Indian Foods is now serving their tasty Chicken Tikka dish, over coconut toasted rice with slaw, near section 120. This was my personal favorite. They also have a Vegan Aloo Gobi for those who don’t eat meat.
DuNord Spirits and Panther Distillery are crafting cocktails at a stand near section 111. Skip the gimmicky “College Daze Bloody Mary” at Hrbek’s (complete with a cold pizza slice) and opt for a locally-made cocktail instead.
After sampling the new fare I put together some food and beer pairings to try out. (Most of these brews can be found at the Minnesota Brews stands in sections 126 and 320):
Order the slaw-topped Smoked Meat Sandwich at Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen and pair it with a Summit Saga IPA. The salt and the spice from the crust of the meat will work well with this hop-heavy brew from St. Paul.
Grab the 60/40 burger from Red Cow and pair it with Dandy Lager from Indeed Brewing, which can be found at Barrio. This crisp, hoppy lager will play nicely with the cheddar cheese and mustard on this beefy treat.
Steer clear of the typical ballpark fare by picking up the yogurt marinated Tikka Chicken at Hot Indian Foods and team it up with a Farm Girl Saison from Lift Bridge. Saisons work well with poultry and deeply spiced dishes. I can’t think of a better combo for a hot day in July.