Baseball season will soon be underway, and no one’s more excited for Opening Day than fans of the World Series-winning Houston Astros. As Jose Altuve, George Springer, and the rest of the team return to Minute Maid Park, fans will soon be flocking to the ballpark to watch the Astros make a run for it in 2018 — and maybe eat a few peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
This week, the Astros unveiled its new dishes for the upcoming season, and they’re just as ridiculous as always. According to ABC 13, Astros fans will soon be able to dig into a funnel cake topped with pulled pork, smoked sausage, and kale & black bean salad. Also new is the .45 Express, a ballpark-only hot dog from Torchy’s Tacos that’s topped with hot Cheetos, queso, pico, and sour cream before being wrapped into a tortilla. Upscale spot Osso & Kristalla will serve an Italian riff on nachos, made with pasta chips, Italian sausage, and formaggio blanco.
Minute Maid Park is home to a bounty of excellent dining options. From Shake Shack burgers to quality Tex-Mex, here’s where to find the best eats at Minute Maid Park. Fans can get a taste of the park’s best eats on April 2, when the Astros kick off the season at home against the Baltimore Orioles.
Where to eat inside Minute Maid Park
Little Bigs (Section 112)
Grab chicken sliders with house-made pickles or Philly cheesesteak sliders with provolone, onions and bell peppers from this local favorite.
Kickin Nacho Portable (Sections 120 and 408)
In lieu of regular old ground beef, select from buffalo chicken, beef fajita or barbecue pork at this stand offering full-flavored vehicles for nacho noshing.
El Real (Sections 125 and 215)
When cravings for solid Tex-Mex strike, look to this outpost of the Montrose mainstay where the menu features beef and chicken fajitas cooked and carved to order plus freshly-fried corn chips and quality salsa.
Texas Legend Grill (Section 134)
Nolan Ryan hot dogs are dipped into fresh batter and fried to crispy gold perfection at this concession stand, along with burgers, steak fries, and chicken tenders.
The FiveSeven Grille (Section 156)
Find salads, grilled steaks, seafood and desserts at this casual hangout fit for social visits while watching the game. TVs allow engagement while keeping up with live games across the league.
The Butcher (Section 224)
Alongside baked potatoes stuffed with barbecue and sandwiches, find a solid smoked pork butt sandwich with jalapeño coleslaw on a jalapeño cheddar bun.
The Caz (Section 230)
Yet another Bryan Caswell eatery at Minute Maid Park, this spot serves burgers and fries.
FiveSeven Market (Center Field Area)
Fans seeking healthy grab and go options will appreciate the fresh and packaged goods at this newcomer in the center field area. Expect an assortment of salads, fruit and vegetable cups plus sweets like candy and energy drinks.
Shake Shack (Center Field Area in Main Concourse)
In addition to the famous ShackBurger and Chick’n Shack, the Minute Maid Park outpost of Shake shack serves an Astros-inspired Concrete made with vanilla custard that’s been blended with chocolate truffle cookie dough, shattered sugar cone, and chocolate sprinkles.
Torchy’s Tacos (Mezzanine Level)
Support a Texas taco tradition with these fancy gourmet snacks new to Minute Maid Park. Options include the green chili pork, fried avocado, beef fajita and “trailer park,” plus queso, salsa, chips and dark chocolate brownies known by the name “love puppies.”
Dining Car Grill (Section 418)
Score burgers, fried chicken tenders and chili cheese fries.
Where to find margaritas, beer, wine, and more booze
St. Arnold’s Bar (Section 104)
Not new but definitely essential, this outpost of Houston’s oldest craft brewery pours seasonal favorites at stools and in a beer garden for those wishing to cheer on the home team with the craft beer version in hand.
Corona Cantina (Section 119)
A beach-inspired bar serving beer, frozen margaritas, wine, and grab-and-go snacks.
Lexus Field Club (Center Field Area)
Available by special reservation, this posh park space offers amenities before, during and after the game for those seeking a little extra flourish for their fan dollars. Along with food and beverage access, guests get field-level views of the Astros in action plus exclusive viewing of Major League batting practice on the field.
Craft Bar (Section 404)
Soak up skyline views while enjoying beers from craft breweries in Houston and beyond.