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Where To Eat At Petco Park, Home Of The Padres

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2012_4_stadiumlogo.jpgAs Petco Park nears its tenth birthday, help celebrate by taking a bite out of some of San Diego's biggest hits sold inside. Catch a fish taco from Anthony's Fish Grotto or Padres Mexican Cafe. Get a sugar rush during a seven-inning stretch with a stop by Suh-Sweet! for gelato from Chocolat. Wash it all down with a Ballast Point brew (We hear Petco's building out a new Ballast Point Beer Garden that will be behind the scoreboard in left field, sections 226/228).

Eater intel: We've learned Bull Taco is pulling out of this year to preserve its brand and focus on its three stand-alone restaurants. That's a bummer, because they've got a mean lobster, bacon and chorizo burrito. For now, it's unclear who will replace them at the Mercado in Sect. 104 and The Pier in Sect. 222. Petco's planning to make announcements on all new concessions soon and we'll update accordingly. Confirmed new this season: Phil's BBQ in the Park at the Park, next to the Showley Bros. Candy Factory building. They'll offer their Broham pulled pork sandwich, El Toro tri-tip sandwich, and Baby Back Ribs.

It's almost game time in America's Finest City. So in honor of opening day of the Padres' 2013 baseball season (April 9), here's a guide to what to eat at Petco Park and where to find it.

Petco Park's Game Day Eating Highlights:

wine_06_110922.jpgWines at the Park, Presented by Donovan's: Vino lovers can drown out the ballpark's beer buzz inside this closed-door wooden wine haven, featuring racks of bottles and specials scribbled on a chalkboard. Patrons can taste reds, whites or sparkling selections at the mini winery and buy by the bottle or glass before heading back to their seats. [Sect. 104]

anthony.jpgAnthony's Fish Grotto: San Diego's iconic seafood restaurant brings the ocean to the ballpark, with offerings such as shrimp avocado salad, a Cajun crispy fish sandwich or New England clam chowder. [Sect. 102, 206]

hodads.jpgHodad's: The Ocean Beach burger joint has a fervent local following for their bacon cheeseburgers and "frings", a basket of half onion rings and half French fries. [Sect. 203, PCL Club]

kona.jpgKona Cove: Catch a wave, ball and buzz drinking Kona Brewing Co.'s lineup of island brews branded as "liquid aloha." Lined with long boards, the Hawaiian-inspired setup encourages craft beer drinkers to stay a while. [Sect. 124]

kettle.jpgKettle & Cone: Satisfy a sweet tooth craving on game day by spooning soft serve ice cream out of a Padres souvenir helmet or snacking on traditional baseball treats, like kettle corn, Cracker Jack and Red Vines. [Sect. 102, 310]

wings.jpgWings-N-Things: Get ready to batter up on napkins. Wings-N-Things, a New York import that cooks chicken three ways, will make a nest at Petco Park this year. Fun fact: Each year, they sell enough wings at their 14 San Diego-area locations to reach the L.A. Dodgers and back. [Sect. 107]

Field Level


* indicates special Eater recommendations
*Craft Beers of San Diego: Local microbrews. [Sect. 109, 213, and 301]
Bayview Grill: Order meat and veggie burgers, garlic fries and boatloads of beer. [Sect. 107]
Filippi's Pizza: A longtime local staple for pizza lovers, the thick crust on the pepperoni and cheese slices should tie you over until the final inning. [Mercado in Sect. 102]
Kettle & Cone: Satisfy a game day sweet tooth craving by spooning soft serve ice cream out of a Padres souvenir helmet or opt for traditional baseball fare, like Cracker Jack and Red Vines. [Mercado in Sect. 102]
*Anthony's Fish Grotto: San Diego's iconic seafood restaurant brings the ocean to the ballpark, with offerings such as shrimp avocado salad or New England clam chowder. [Mercado in Sect. 102]
Leinie Lodge: Take a beer break from the game, and take in landscape views of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel and Coronado Bridge, with Leinenjugel's Summer Shandy, a Wisconsin-bred wheat beer brewed with lemonade flavors. Spiked frozen fruit yarders are also in season at this stop. [Mercado in Sect. 102]
Omni Hotel Premier Club: This classy glass-enclosed lounge isn't just for those with prime field-level seats – fans can buy a buffet ticket a la carte. [Sect. 108]
*Randy Jones BBQ: The Padres pitching legend made a name for himself in the restaurant world by cashing in on his family's barbeque recipe. Jones tells us the half-pound, all-beef BBQ hot dog is his best seller on game day. Pulled pork and beef brisket are also fan favorites. [Mercado in Sect. 104]
K Street Grill: Nachos, chicken sandwiches, burgers, fries and beer. [Sect. 130, 133]
*Wines at the Park: Patrons can taste reds, whites or sparkling selections and buy by the bottle or glass before heading back to their seats. [Mercado in Sect. 104]
Padres Mexican Café: This South of the Border spot sells chicken burritos with sautéed red and green peppers, Churros and fish or carne asada tacos. [Sect. 121]
Friar Franks: A "Batter Up Basket" for grown-ups comes with a Hebrew National or Wienerschnitzel hot dog and Miss Vickie's kettle chips, while the Happy Meal-type option for kids includes a small hot dog or turkey sandwich with apple sauce, carrots and a juice box. [Mercado in Sect. 104, 115, 137]

Friar Fit: Health nuts flock to this fit fridge, which contains fruit cups, salads, California rolls, V-8 fusion drinks and gluten-free options. [Sect. 101]
Kona Cove: Catch a wave – and a buzz – with Kona Brewing Co.'s lineup of island brews known as "liquid aloha." The Hawaiian-themed setup consists of long boards and casual seating. [Sect. 124]

Western Metal Supply Co. Building


Brickhouse Deli: Take a tour of beers from around the world on the field level, one level up from the Padres store.
Hall of Fame Bar & Grill: Expect sports bar fare and a full bar. Some attendees buy a nosebleed ticket and then put their name on the list for one of two seatings during the game.

Toyota Terrace


*Bub's in the Ballpark: The casual East Village eatery, popular among sports and tater tots fans, expands a few blocks away with beer and burger offerings. [Sect. 227]
Anthony's Fish Grotto: See above. [Sect. 206]
Budweiser Patio: A Bud lover's dream comes to life with this open air hot spot for boozing. Stand and sip a Budweiser, Bud Light Lime or Michelob Ultra along a long counter overlooking right field. [Sect. 227]
*Club 19: A Toyota Terrace-level ticket grants you access to high-end fare like flatbread pizzas, truffle popcorn and short ribs. [Sect. 217]
Coronado's: A full service bar with a straight shot of the island. [Sect. 202]
Filippi's Pizza: See above. [Sect. 215]
Friar Franks: See above. [Sect. 233]
Harbor Grill: Burgers, chipotle chicken sandwiches, fries and salads. [Sect. 202]
*Hodad's: The Ocean Beach burger joint, founded in 1969, embraces its San Diego roots with surfboards and an oversized vanity license plate reminding Padres fans to "Beat LA." [Sect. 203, PCL Club]
Randy Jones BBQ: See above.[Sect. 213]
*Suh-Sweet!: This candy store is stocked with ice cream, baked goods and Chocolat gelato – and appropriately across from some of the ballpark's sugar daddy suite holders. [Sect. 208]
Trolley Station Grill: Burgers, chipotle chicken sandwiches, fries, and salads. [Sect. 213]

Upper Level


*Ballpark Brews: Local and imported microbrews. [Sect. 305]
Bayview Grill: Meat and veggie burgers, garlic fries, carne asada fries and boatloads of beers. [Sect. 316, 323]
La Cantina Bar: Say ole to slushies and liquor. [Sect. 328]
Filippi's Pizza: See above. [Sect. 311, 320]
Friar Franks: See above. [Sect. 305, 326]

Kettle & Cone: See above. [Sect. 310]
Padres Mexican Café: This South of the Border spot sells chicken burritos with sautéed red and green peppers, Churros and fish or carne asada tacos. [Sect. 319]
-Tierney Plumb

Petco Park

100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101

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