Florida Marlins - SoBe Dog
A brand new signature dog for Miami's brand new stadium, this vaguely tropical and pleasant-sounding dog hints at Miami's recent Colombian hot dog renaissance. A grilled five-to-a-pound John Morrel all-beef dog is served on a toasted New England top-split bun and topped with mango-cabbage-cilantro slaw. This guy is available at the "Fan Feast" stands on the general concession and club level.
Texas Rangers - The Boomstick
This year's prize for most ridiculous, over-the-top dog goes to the Texas Rangers for their one-pound, two-foot long hot dog on a massive potato bun topped with chili, carmelized onions, jalapeños and nacho cheese. It's $26 and meant to feed two to four people. Don't miss this video of the chef preparing one and "making it real sexy" with lots of nacho cheese sauce.
Tampa Bay Rays - Italian Hot Dog
Tampa Bay Ray's food service manager John Cirelli, originally from New Jersey, is bringing a real (or pretty damn close to it) Italian Hot Dog to Tropicana Field. Starting with real-deal pizza bread, custom baked for the stadium by Le Casa Del Pane (a tiny old-school Italian bakery and cafe in St. Petersburg) the half loaves are then stuffed with grilled Kayem all-beef dogs or Italian sausages, and topped with grilled (not fried) peppers, onions and potato medallions. Available at the stand-alone Italian Hot Dog stand, section 114 on the first base side.
Los Angeles Angels - Cali Dog South
Basically a hot dog flauta, the Angel's Cali Dog consists of a skinless Wienerschnitzel frank wrapped in a flour tortilla and deep-fried, topped with pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, and avocado sour cream. Sounds awesome, right? Available at the Hot Corner in section 207.
Baltimore Orioles - Polock Johnny's
Polock Johnny's Polish sausages and hot dogs topped with special sauce and fried onions have been a staple of the Lexington Market since 1968, and in Baltimore since 1921. The market stall recently closed, but they are still going strong at two locations and several stands inside Camden Yards. Awesome to have a local option at the ballpark. Every stadium should have something like this.
Camden Yards - Stuggy's
Somebody at Camden Yards must really love hot dogs, because Polock Johnny's isn't the only local option at the Orioles ballpark anymore. Stuggy's - a newer gourmet hot dog restaurant in Fells Point - just opened a stand in the center field concession area a few weeks ago, serving all beef dogs in both traditional and wacky variations, (crab mac & cheese dog anyone?) along with local Ostrowski's and Gunpowder Bison sausages.
Citizens Bank Park - Texas Tommy
More new dogs at Phillies stadium, including the Philly classic Texas Tommy, a split and grilled, jumbo Hatfield dog with bacon, chili, and American cheese sauce on a mini Italian roll. Available at Harry The K's.
Citizens Bank Park - The Ripper
Also brand new at Phillies stadium, available at Harry The K's restaurant, is the Rutt's Hut inspired Ripper, a five-to-a-pound natural casing Hatfield dog, deep fried, topped with caramelized onions and mustard and served on a toasted potato roll. No word on if these are the elusive Hatfield Premium New York Deli Style franks served at the Rahway Grill that I'm pretty sure are in hotdoglover's top 5, but I sure hope so.
Cleveland Indians - Food Network Cleveland Dog
As part of their expansion into ballpark concessions, the Food Network is offering locally inspired dogs at four different stadiums (along with a line of "regional steak sandwiches" at many others) including Progressive Field. The "Cleveland Dog" is topped with pulled pork and cole slaw. Personally I'd prefer a Polish Girl from Freddie's or Seti's after the game but that's just me.
Kansas City Royals - Island Dog
This crazy tropical Hawaiian-ish hot dog concoction seems out of place in Missouri but actually sounds sort of good in an over-the-top Mexican "salchicha torta hawaiianesa" sort of way. A grilled, all-beef Farmland dog topped with ham and pineapple, Mandarin orange sections, Hawaiian slaw (not sure what that means) and teriyaki sauce. Available at the Dugout Doghouse in section 208 and 247 along with various other meat, barbecue sauce and blue cheese covered hot dogs.
Miller Park - Corn Brat
Exactly what it sounds like. A Bratwurst battered and fried like a corn dog. Pretty amazing, right? Corn Brats have been appearing on the State Fair circuit for a few years now but I'm really surprised I haven't seen more around. I'll take five.
Pittsburgh Pirates - Polish Hill Dog
Here's a crazy sort of Primanti's-Polish fusion dog that I could definitely get into. A grilled, natural casing National Deli frank, topped with mini pierogies (!), cole slaw, and fried onion straws served on a potato roll from Breadworks. Ridiculous but in a smarter way than just dumping bacon and meat on everything. The natural casing dog and local roll are a nice touch too. Thumbs up.
Twins - Kramarczuk Sausage
The Minnesota Twins have a great track record of using local products with Schweigert franks and now sausages made fresh daily at Kramerczuk, an Eastern European sausage maker and restaurant right down the street from the stadium. There's bratwurst, garlicky Polish sausage, and paprika-spiced Hungarian pork sausages, grilled and served with peppers and onions or sauerkraut. Available all over the stadium.
Diamondbacks - Enchilada Dog
Borrowing a bit from Arizona's Sonoran Dog explosion but bigger and crazier, Chase Field is serving up this brand new, locally made foot-long dog, stuffed inside with cheese and three types of chiles. Chargrilled and topped with spicy remoulade and pico de gallo, this definitely looks much more exciting than the default pickled jalapeno and cheese sauce "Mexican dog" you see everywhere. Available at Big Dawgs stands and the ABC Club.
Cincinnati Reds - Bob Meiner Dog
Along with the Food Network's signature Cincinnati Dog topped with pork rinds and barbecue sauce, there are Skyline Chili stands all over the stadium, Goetta dogs, and this brand new Bob Meiner dog topped with a cilantro-carrot-cucumber slaw and Sriracha. This ballpark sounds like a hot dog lover's dream this year.
Cardinals - Food Network St. Louis Dog
Last but not least, another crazy Food Network creation. This one is topped with Red Hot Riplets (local spicy potato chips), barbecue sauce, and Provel cheese, a regional processed cheese product that's made with provolone, swiss and cheddar and sort of looks like white Velveeta.