With San Diego County finally reopen and Petco Park running at full capacity, as the Padres head into a showdown with the Dodgers, dumpling royalty Din Tai Fung has entered the ballpark. While the restaurant is not offering its signature xiao long bao, or soup dumplings, which don’t travel all that well and might be too messy to eat at your seat, its stall at the stadium is now serving a variety of fluffy steamed buns stuffed with everything from Kurabota pork to chicken and mushrooms. A recently-introduced vegan version, filled a mix of vegetables, bean curd, and glass noodles is also available along with sweet taro and chocolate dessert buns.
Previous new additions include two local names onto the food roster. Replacing Phil’s BBQ at its large stand in Section 113 is Grand Ole BBQ, the Texas-style barbecue restaurant with a location in East County and a soon-to-reopen outpost in North Park. Grand Ole BBQ will start by offering brisket and pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw and French fries but owner Andy Harris tells Eater that the menu will expand with every homestand. Being at the park is a dream come true for Harris, a longtime fan who has a Padres’ Swinging Friar tattoo; he says that he will likely activate the former Phil’s BBQ stand at Park at the Park sometime next year.
Also joining the current Petco Park lineup, which includes Buona Forchetta, Pizza Port, and Hodad’s, is Puesto; the locally-owned Mexican restaurant will be posted up on the Field level of the ballpark at first and third base. Puesto will be serving burritos, guacamole, and its prized Cadillac margaritas to start and is planning to make tortillas on-site for its popular tacos, which will be added in the future along with beers brewed at its Mission Valley cerveceria.
In celebration of the 2021 season, Cutwater Spirits partnered with Padres outfielder Wil Myers to help launch redesigns of two of its most popular canned cocktails; the Padres Vodka Mule and Padres Tequila Paloma now sport a brown and gold look inspired by the team’s uniforms. The limited edition cans, as well as other canned cocktails and spirits from the Miramar distillery can be found throughout the park and at The Still, Cutwater’s branded bar located in section 222.