At the entrance -- trays of Berger cookies. This was a sign, of sorts, that Delaware North Sportservice had come through on the promise it had made to bring local flavors and vendors to Oriole Park
All of these items we tasted will be available at locations in general concessions throughout the stadium.
Some of these are premium items -- if you don't want them, you don't have to have them. Regular old hot dogs will be still be for sale, too.
Boog Powell was there. He and Sportservice are introducing the Big Boog, a new superhuge pit beef, pork, and turkey sandwich. It looks like a slider in his hands but is actually really big!
A few of the items we tried are intended as the stadium's new "signature item," Baltimore exclusives that Sportservice has been working on for months, inspired, at least in part by the culinary bus tour of Baltimore Delaware North executives and chefs took last December:
Polack Johnny's Sausage
Old Bay Wings
The Camden Yards Crab Cake -- more on this later.
Natty Boh Brats
The Birdland Dog -- an Esskay frank topped with smoked pit beef, Little Italy pepperoni hash, stewed tomato jam and crispy fried onions.
The Rolling Crab -- a spring roll filled with crabmeat, peppers, pepper jack cheese, flashfried on a traditional roller grill.
Beer-battered soft-shell crab sandwich
The O's Pretzel -- it's in the shape of an the Orioles' "O."
Some of the items are tweaks of popular items at other Delaware North venues:
The Little Italy Meatball sub -- served with romano cheese, garlic and fresh basil.
The chop house & egg sandwich, kind of a nighttime version of a sandwich that's been a big hit at football games at other Sportservice venues.
Baltimore Sun photo/Barbara Haddock Taylor