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  • The Twins introduce new menu items to Target Field lineup

    The Minnesota Twins and Delaware North Sportservices hosted a sampling of the new Target Field food lineup and TwinsDaily’s John Bonnes and Parker Hageman were on-hand to cover the new items and some ballpark favorites.

    Beginning at Hrbek’s the Twins introduced some of their new food items, including offerings from elebrity chef Andrew Zimmern (a lamb/goat burger), freshly battered walleye fingers from Mac’s Fish & Chips, Panino’s Baked Sandwiches, new brats from Sheboygan Sausage Co and a trio of mac ‘n cheese selection from the Food Network just to name a few.

    The Twins dubbed the event “The Graze” as a collection of media members and lucky season ticket holders circulated the ballpark sampling a variety of food and beverages.


    The threesome of mac ‘n cheeses were exceptional, particularly the new Cajun Andouille using Kramarczuk’s sausage, and this dish received John’s highest vote of the day.

    While the improvement to the starting rotation has yet to be seen, the one area they did improve is shaving calories. Two new stands will offer those who prefer healthier offerings to the standard ballpark fare.


    The first of which is a to-go stand which dishes out fresh fruit cups, bananas, hummus and chips, and wrapped sandwiches. This can be located along the first base line.


    The second healthy menu option is the new Garden Goodies stand, also along the first base line, which makes fresh salads using vegetables and herbs that are grown locally and served by “participating youth from ethnically diverse areas of the Twin Cities.”

    The Twins missed a golden opportunity to brand this stand “Gardy’s Goodies”, in my opinion, but with only the year remaining on his contract, the organization may not wanted to have grown too attached…


    Sheboygan Sausage Co, along with the tried and true Kramarczuk’s, will be dishing out sausages – Italian, Polish, bratwurst and cheddar bratwursts throughout the year.

    It was around this time in the sampling that our pair of testers grew weary.




    The duo recovered quickly when they found out the beverage sampling was on deck.


    Perhaps the biggest tweeted question of the day involved the whereabouts of the Surly taps. There will no longer be a “bandwagon” stand but a full-fledged tap stand just inside Gate 34 and carry Surly’s Bender, Furious and Hell. Fulton’s Sweet Child ‘O Vine will also be on tap there as well as the Town Ball Tavern.


    The State Fair stand will boast the new Mac’s Fish & Chips, including the new fresh battered walleye – you can’t get any more Minnesotan than that. (No word on if the fish was actually zander…)


    Understanding that you don’t just want to be inundated with food shots all day, John Bonnes wisely added this contribution:


    Along the third base line, hungry fans can locate Panino’s buffalo chicken and spaghetti sandwiches in addition to the gianormous meatballs at Frankie V’s. The new comer is the creation of Andrew Zimmern’s – a lamb/goat burger found at the AZ Canteen.


    Despite sounding like an unusual combination, the burger was amazingly juicy and tasty.

    The tour came full-circle back to Hrbek’s where the new malt cups and milkshakes could be sampled. John, of course, was more than ecstatic to try both:




    Along with the new items, plenty of the old favorites will return, such as the Murray’s Steak Sandwich, the El Burrito Mercado’s Walk A Taco, Tony O’s Cuban Sandwich and Loon Café Chili.

    Opening Day cannot arrive quickly enough but the Twins have a fully loaded food and drink menu to draw you into the ballpark all season long.
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      Barreiro apparently isn't too fond of the Twins offseason accomplishments. He basically said the Twins announce their new food offerings to get everybody excited and to forget about their lack of action during the offseason.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Physics Guy View Post
      Barreiro apparently isn't too fond of the Twins offseason accomplishments. He basically said the Twins announce their new food offerings to get everybody excited and to forget about their lack of action during the offseason.
      i agree...the food and beer changes are way better than the player changes.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      At least they didn't try Duensing at SP. I seem to remember Barreiro vowing to ban Twins talk for a month if Duensing was in the rotation.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      I'd love to see price tags associated with those items
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Physics Guy View Post
      Barreiro apparently isn't too fond of the Twins offseason accomplishments. He basically said the Twins announce their new food offerings to get everybody excited and to forget about their lack of action during the offseason.
      I need to know Reusse's take on this, before forming my own opinion.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      One thing I just realized is missing - poutine. How tough can it be to make a decent poutine?
    1. Parker Hageman's Avatar
      Parker Hageman -
      One thing I just realized is missing - poutine. How tough can it be to make a decent poutine?
      Because JOHN, no one in America likes POUTINE that garbage in their mouths.

      On a serious note, I was disappointed that the Twins chose to make Papa John their only pizza supplier in the stadium. With so many good local option -- such as Pizza Luce just outside the stadium -- it would have been nice to have one or more of those 'zas available.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Papa John's is exclusive? Um, um, I agree with Parker on that decision.
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Good poutine would be amazing. Especially in the cold month of April.

      Also, I'm not really a pizza eater anymore, but Papa John's is pretty bad. I agree with the idea of providing some of the good local options, like they did with the beer. The only issue that I can see is the method of cooking. The best pizza in a roughly 194,000,000 square mile radius of Minneapolis (Punch, duh) would require a wood-burning oven, and that's not going into Target Field. Far easier to truck in a bunch of frozen plastic discs and microwave them. Gross. But easy.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Good thing I don't eat pizza at baseball games! They still have the best stuff (Tony O's and Krama.....whatever the name of the guys with meat in their kraut on their awesome brats)
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Kramarzcjczcjuiukczcjuczk's.

      Duh.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
      Kramarzcjczcjuiukczcjuczk's.
      Oh crap. Now someone has to trick him into saying his name backwards so he'll go back to his own universe.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
      Kramarzcjczcjuiukczcjuczk's.

      Duh.
      That's probably closer than what my effort would have been.
    1. Don't Feed the Greed Guy's Avatar
      Don't Feed the Greed Guy -
      So, does anyone have a top-five list for Target Center food? I would put Kramarczuk's at the top of my limited personal list, along with Fulton's "Sweet Child..." brew. The Murray's Steak Sandwich was underwhelming. Other favorites?
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Don't Feed the Greed Guy View Post
      So, does anyone have a top-five list for Target Center food? I would put Kramarczuk's at the top of my limited personal list, along with Fulton's "Sweet Child..." brew. The Murray's Steak Sandwich was underwhelming. Other favorites?
      Gotta try Tony O's Cuban. The state fair Turkey Leg was pretty good too.
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      I good with anything Kramarczuk's. I was surprised they brought in Sheboygan to compete. I'm not sure I can get myself to try the new guys.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Choosing papa johns....is that about the customer?
    1. PeanutsFromHeaven's Avatar
      PeanutsFromHeaven -
      Suddenly the prospect of a 30 degree opening day doesn't bother me as much...I mean, as long as there are multiple forms of mac & cheese, and various combinations of meat & bread how bad could it be?

      (Though now that I'm thinking of Poutine I may need a mini protest of sorts...we could use it to pay the Canadian players!)
    1. Physics Guy's Avatar
      Physics Guy -
      So, not knowing what poutine was, I had to Google it. Yuck! I hope I am not offending our Canadian friends.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Poutine is not much different that the many versions of "loaded fries" (aka crap on fries) you will encounter in many ballparks. Hammond stadium has an ultra noxious variety introduced this Spring: Carolina fries. It involves shredded pig and bbq sauce and nacho "cheese" among other things.
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