I’m headed out to the ballpark today to see the Cardinals beat the tar out of the Cubs (Go Cards!). Typically, I eat before or after going to the stadium and/or bring my own snacks both for lack of options and to avoid the outrageous prices, but today I got to wondering just what might be available to a vegan fan at Busch Stadium?
Every year, PETA releases a top 10 list of veg-friendly Major League ballparks in the U.S. In 2008, Busch Stadium came in at number six on the list for offering a wide variety of veggie fare including a veggie burger, vegetable stir-fry, fire-roasted veggie burrito, Mediterranean tapas and whole roasted corn. Unfortunately, since then the pickin’s seem to have slimmed considerably – which explains our absence from subsequent lists.
On the bright side, there are still a few options for a hungry vegan at Busch. First, there’s my favorite game-day snack, roasted peanuts. Grab these from nearly any concession stand in the park, or save a few bucks and bring your own. Another good snack option that is widely available throughout the park are soft pretzels (sans cheese, of course).
As far as more substantial vegan food options inside the stadium, it looks like the last man standing is the veggie chicken sandwich at Dizzy’s Diner – not that I’m complaining! It would be nice to have more than one meal option, but if there is only one thing available, I kind of love that it isn’t a standard veggie burger.
And then, of course, there’s always fries (my BFF/arch-nemesis).
Just out of curiosity, I think I’m going to give the chicken sandwich at Dizzy’s a shot this afternoon. I’ll let you know how it goes down.
Finally, no trip to the ballpark would be complete without a $10 beer, right? Thankfully, you can toss ‘em back with a clear conscience when you’re at Busch Stadium because Bud Light and Budweiser are both vegan friendly brews.