By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Mar 31, 2021 at 11:01 AM

There’s nothing quite like swilling a beer, snacking on a bag of hot peanuts or biting into a hot dog at the ballpark. 

And for Brewers fans – who’ve gone at least 556 days since attending a home game at the ballpark(!) – those classic ballpark flavors might just taste even better than ever.

Yes, baseball is officially back as a live spectator sport at the newly dubbed American Family Field. And, while fans will need to curtail their yen to tailgate (at least for now), there’s still plenty of classic American baseball fun to be had.

Whether you’re attending the April 1 opening day game against the Minnesota Twins or another game this season, here’s what you need to know about finding and enjoying those game day eats. 

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New foods to try

The new foods list at American Family Field might be abbreviated this year; but there are still a number of delicious new choices available to you. New offerings include:

  • The Yeli Melt: Experience Christian Yelich’s favorite grilled cheese sandwich made with cheeses from Sargento  (the official cheese of the Brewers).  The new panino features Sargento Monterey jack and sharp cheddar cheeses on artisan sourdough bread finished with Irish butter.  Available at ballpark stand 129.
  • Street-za Pizza: Also new are brick oven fired cheese and pepperoni pizzas from one of Milwaukee’s favorite food trucks. The pizza, which features a blend of mozzarella and provolone (and pepperoni, if desired) is available by the slice at ballpark stand 123 (3rd base ward) and stand 208 (1st base side of Loge Level).
  • Loaded fries:  Choose from two new options including buffalo chicken loaded fries  (buffalo sauce, blue cheese crumbles, ranch dressing) or Southwest chicken loaded fries (bbq sauce, nacho cheese, black bean & corn salsa). Available at ballpark stand 112 (1st base ward, field level).
  • The Chedda Burger: This new ballpark burger features a griddled beef patty topped with Sargento cheddar and special sauce on a toasted potato bun. Available at all burger stand locations in the ballpark.

Download the MLB Ballpark App and use the Concessions Guide (food finder) to locate specific foods near your seating area.

How to order (and more)

  • Bring your credit card. American Family Field is now 100% cashless at retail and concession locations. Acceptable forms of payment include tap or scannable payment options including Apple Pay, Google Pay as well as physical credit cards and Brewers gift cards.  If you happen to forget and bring cash, you can exchange it (for free) for a prepaid card at cash-to-card kiosks around the ballpark. The cards can be used inside American Family Field or anywhere credit cards are accepted. 
  • Carry-ins are not allowed. Carry-in food or snacks are not permitted in the ballpark. Soda, juice, or water in factory-sealed plastic bottles is permitted (one bottle per person).
  • Order food online for pick-up. There won’t be hawkers in the stands selling peanuts, popcorn and beverages. But you can order those things right from your phone for pick-up at a nearby stand. In fact it’s the most convenient and safest way to get food to enjoy at the park.  To order staples including bratwurst, hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, bottled soda, water and Miller-Coors brews, just download the MLB Ballpark App (which you can also use to access parking information, tickets and game day guides) and click on “Order Food & Bev.”   Guests can also text the word ‘food’ to 41835 to place a mobile order or scan one of the QR codes throughout the park to access the mobile ordering platform.
  • Want more food choices? If mobile ordering doesn’t fulfill all your cravings, you will be able to order a variety of other items including new food items (listed above), craft beer, margaritas, and numerous other foods (think: nachos, burgers, salads and cheese curds) directly from on-premise vendors. Save time by using the Concessions Guide (food finder) in the MLB Ballpark App to locate specific foods near your seating area.
  • The Restaurant to Be Named Later is currently closed to walk-in traffic (for now). But guests who purchase seats in the restaurant to watch the game can order food from the restaurant menu. Tickets start at $80 and include a $30 credit for food and beverages.
  • Be kind when you stand in line. While waiting in line to order or pick up food, fans must wear their masks and stand at least six feet apart from anyone not in their seating pod.
  • Don’t look for condiment stations. The days of pumping out ketchup and mustard from communal jugs are gone. But you can pick up pre-packaged condiments at stands around the ballpark.
  • Please eat in your seat. You are welcome to consume food and beverages purchased at the stadium in your ticketed seats. However, food and drink cannot be consumed in concourses, at drink rails, in line at concessions, or in the Team Store.
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Coming soon: Ballpark foods at home

Don’t have tickets?  All regular season games are televised on Bally Sports Wisconsin (formerly FOX Sports Wisconsin) and all games will air on WTMJ Radio. 

And, thanks to a partnership between the Milwaukee Brewers and EatStreet, you’ll (soon!) be able get ballpark favorites delivered right to your door.

As the official food delivery partner of the ball club, EatStreet will be collaborating on a virtual delivery-only ghost kitchen concept which will feature made-to-order stadium fare that’s created by preferred restaurant operators across the State. 

Restaurant operators interested in learning more about the virtual kitchen concept can email EatStreet at phil.cappitelli@eatstreet.com.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.