Fear not, there is more to eating at Fenway Park than pricey beer and electric orange nachos. Fenway has several reliable dining options within the stadium, plus there are plenty of great meals waiting just beyond the Green Monster. Steve "Nookie" Postal, the park's executive chef and an upcoming contestant on the Bravo show Around the World in 80 Plates, cranks out high end fare with seasonal ingredients, and on the other end of the spectrum, Fenway Franks and funnel cake are in no short supply.
Now, in honor of the first day of the 2012 baseball season, here's a guide to what to eat at Fenway Park and where to find it.
Fenway Park's Standouts
EMC Club: Serving brunch for day games and dinner for night games, the Club features appetizers and salads made with local ingredients and main plates including burgers, chops, steaks, a lobster roll and a selection of over 30 wines. [Level 3]
State Street Pavilion Club: Upscale dining featuring a buffet with a carving table, raw bar, pizza and a panini station as well as an a la carte menu. The menu changes with every new team. [Level 4]
* indicates special Eater recommendations
*El Tiante: Try the Cuban sandwich.
Summertime Grill: Fenway Franks, footlong hot dogs, Philly cheesesteaks, and sausages.
Wally's Favorites: Fried dough, funnel cake, kettle corn, and cotton candy.
*Taste of Fenway: A rotating selection from the park's various culinary offerings. What flights are to beer.
*Fish Shack: Demoed last year, the Shack made the cut. Local seafood cooked to order.
Where to Find Which Concessions
Fenway Franks: First Base Deck and Grand Stand, Fifth Floor, Big Concourse, Bud Deck, Green Monster, Gate D Concourse, Coca Cola Deck, 3rd Base Concourse, Steiner Sports, 3rd Base Deck, Pavilion, 1st Base Concourse, Right Field Roof Deck
Lobster Rolls: Big Concourse, Bud Deck, Gate D Concourse, Steiner Sports 3rd Base Deck, Right Field Roof Deck
Clam Chowder: Big Concourse, Bud Deck, Gate D Concourse, Steiner Sports 3rd Base Deck, Right Field Roof Deck
Boars Head Deli: Big Concourse, 1st Base Concourse
Corn Dogs: Big Concourse, 3rd Base Concourse
Burgers: First Base Deck and Grand Stand, Big Concourse, Gate D Concourse, 1st Base Concourse, Right Field Roof Deck
Italian Sausage: First Base Deck and Grand Stand, Big Concourse, Bud Deck, Green Monster, Gate D Concourse, Coca Cola Deck, 3rd Base Concourse, Steiner Sports 3rd Base Deck, Pavilion, 1st Base Concourse
Chicken sandwiches: First Base Deck and Grand Stand, Big Concourse, Bud Deck, Right Field Roof Deck
Burritos: Steiner Sports 3rd Base Deck
Boston Beer Works: One of six locations, serving stadium-inspired dishes like peanuts and popcorn shrimp plus fried chicken sliders, lobster casserole, burgers, salad, meatloaf and house brews. [61 Brookline Avenue]
Eastern Standard: Raw bar, salads, pasta, daily main plate, offal and charcuterie specials as well as craft cocktails since a bit before craft cocktails were quite the rage they presently are. [528 Commonwealth Ave]
La Verdad: One-seventh of Ken Oringer's restaurant empire, and the only taqueria of the lot. For instance: lamb enchilada with mole negro, Chihuahua cheese, sweet potato, Swiss chard, hazelnuts and shaved tomatillo. [1 Lansdowne Street]
Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar: Oysters, whole suckling pig (order in advance), whiskey and daily chalkboard specials like skillet smokey mussels or confit leg of lamb with toasted barley and porter glace. [1310 Boylston Street]
Sweet Cheeks Q: Top Chef contestant Tiffani Faison's ode to barbecue, featuring the best biscuits in the world, according to Forbes Magazine. [1381 Boylston Street]
Swish Shabu: So, so many things to dunk into a hot pot, from Kobe beef to cuttlefish balls to ostrich. Also, nigiri, maki, sashimi, scallion pancake and lobster tempura. [84-86 Peterborough Street]