Baseball season is upon us again, and with baseball season comes the ubiquitous Fenway Franks, overpriced beer, and nachos topped with electric-orange sludge. But fortunately there's more to eating in and around Fenway Park than those options. In honor of Opening Day for the 2014 season, here's a round-up of reliable dining options within the stadium, as well as recommendations for great meals waiting just beyond the Green Monster.
Inside Fenway Park
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. There's also a business casual dress code for those who like to dress up for the ball game. [EMC Level]
Absolut Clubhouse: Located by the dugout, the Absolute Clubhouse serves appetizers like "nacho average nachos," salads, sandwiches, and most importantly, ice cream sundaes served in souvenir mini Red Sox helmets. [Dugout]
The Bleacher Bar: It's situated under the bleachers with a view of the field, but no ticket is required; enter on Lansdowne Street. It's one of the only local spots to get a Beef on Weck, a roast beef sandwich popular in Buffalo. In fact, the majority of the menu is sandwiches, both hot and cold, along with some typical comfort food snacks. [Lansdowne Street]
Where to Find Which Concessions
Fenway Franks: Concourse Level: Sections 9, 19 (Home Plate Marche), 32; EMC Level w/ Monster Seats: Sections 2, 6; Right Field Roof; Kosher dogs available at Gate E, Section 88; Gluten-free dogs available at Concourse Level, Section 20
Italian Sausages: Concourse Level: Sections 9, 19 (Home Plate Marche), 32; EMC Level w/ Monster Seats: Sections 2, 6; Right Field Roof
Lobster Rolls: Concourse Level: Section 19 (Home Plate Marche); Right Field Roof Deck
Clam Chowder: Concourse Level: Section 19 (Home Plate Marche)
Deli: Coca-Cola Concourse: Sections 6 and 23
Burgers: Concourse Level: Section 42; Monster Seats; Right Field Roof Deck
Ice Cream: Concourse Level: Sections 2, 7, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 39, 43; Right Field Roof Deck
Burritos: Concourse Level: Sections 39, 41, 42
Fried Dough: Concourse Level: Section 2; RF Pavilion
Fenway Fish Shack: Local seafood cooked to order.
Fenway World Fare: Mexican and Chinese food.
Summertime Grill: Fenway Franks, footlong hot dogs, Philly cheesesteaks, and sausages.
El Tiante: Try the Cuban sandwich.
Basho: A "Japanese brasserie" with lots of sushi as well as a range of hot entrees, including Robata-grilled meats. A Basho sushi stand is under construction within Fenway Park, but the full restaurant is just a short walk away. [1338 Boylston 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]
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 Avenue]
Island Creek Oyster Bar: The restaurant and bar outlet of Duxbury's famed Island Creek Oysters, with dishes like fried oyster sliders and lobster roe noodles plus cocktails to match. [500 Commonwealth Avenue]
Mei Mei: The new brick-and-mortar version of one of the most popular food trucks in town serves up creative Asian-inspired cuisine with plenty of twists. Try the signature Double Awesome, an eggy, cheesy scallion pancake sandwich. [506 Park Drive]
El Pelon: Eat tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and more at this popular taqueria on Fenway's "Restaurant Row." [92 Peterborough Street]
Sweet Cheeks Q: Former 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]
Tasty Burger: The original hit that has since opened shop in Southie and Harvard Square, serving, well, lots of kinds of burgers. Also, chicken sandwiches and quarter-pound hot dogs, shakes, wine and beer, including over thirty cans. [1301 Boylston Street]