Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros, is about to be packed with fans, not only because today is the first day of the 2012 baseball season, but because there's lots of fun changes happening this year. For the first time ever, tailgating will be allowed, outside food and drink is no longer prohibited and of course, the Astros are going to kick ass. Right?
If you must eat in Minute Maid Park, here's where you should go.
Minute Maid Park's Five Standouts
El Real Tex-Mex: Astros and fajitas go together like NASA and shuttle launches. Well, at least since cheflebrity Bryan Caswell's old school Tex-Mex cafe opened up concessions in Minute Maid. They're cooked and carved to order. [Section 132]
Prince's Hamburgers: Prince's is a hamburger institution and they've got an outpost in the stadium with burgers (duh) and their signature milkshakes. It's an American trifecta. [Section 134, 418]
Larry's Big Bamboo: Anything that's a favorite of former Astros manager Larry Dierker must be good, right? Try the fish tacos or the wings. Bonus points for having the coolest name in the park. [Section 118]
Little Bigs: Look, it's more Bryan Caswell-inspired fare, but this time it's tiny burgers, also known as sliders with beef or pork. He's taking over Minute Maid Park one booth at a time. [Section 110]
FiveSeven Grill: More substantial dishes like ribeye steaks, roasted chicken and fish, desserts and "premium cocktails." There's also a pool table and the name is a reference to two Astros greats, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. [Section 156]
Astros Sizzling Extreme Grill: Exactly what it sounds like, depending on your definition of "extreme." Chicago, Cincinnati, Coney Island, Georgia (?) and New York style dogs. [Sections 125, 154]
Goya Latin Cafe: Build your own burritos - check. Grande nachos - check. 18 oz. margaritas - check. [Section 119]
Dining Car Grill: They've got veggie hot dogs for those who need one and all the rest of the regular baseball stadium-y treats like peanuts, bratwurst and the ubiquitous French fries in a cup. [Section 125]
Green Fork: Made to order salads. Like, for real. [Section 116]
Sam's Bistro: Sandwiches, baked potatoes and even salads. The menu changes frequently as do their entree selections. [Section: 224]
Dining Car Grill: Same as the one on the Main Concourse, just the club level version. [Section 232]
Blue Bell Ice Cream Parlor: Homemade vanilla. No need to say more. [Section 423]
Maverick Smokehouse: Texas BBQ, well, Texas BBQ made in a stadium kitchen, so take it as it is. Brisket, loaded baked potatoes, chopped beef sandwiches, smoked turkey. [Section 409]