Peanuts and crackerjacks may be the go-to snacking staples for most baseball fans, but the Cleveland Indians take ballpark dining to a new level.
Unlike many Major League Baseball stadiums, Progressive Field does allow visitors to bring in small snacks and single-serving food items so if you want to save a few bucks, take advantage of the kitchen in your short-stay housing in Cleveland and pack a quick meal before you head to the park. But, if you’re looking to experience the outing like a true Clevelander, splurge and dine out at Progressive Field.
Instead of serving hot dogs and burgers from national labels, Progressive Field emphasizes local in its dining options. A dozen restaurants from neighborhoods across Cleveland have outposts at the stadium, giving locals and visitors a taste of the city while they cheer on their hometown team.
You can indulge in a Dynomite Burger or a Happy Dog, or go more adventurous with a choice from Ohio City Burrito or Cleveland Pickle. You can finish off your meal with a gooey treat from Sweet Moses or go for a liquid treat from local breweries like The Brew Kettle, Fat Head’s Brewery or Great Lakes Brewing Co.
If you want to upgrade your Progressive Field experience even more, check out the Terrace Club. Reservations are required for seating in the pub, which provides a bird’s-eye view of the stadium. Terrace Club chefs put unique spins on traditional ballpark fare with locally named offerings like the Lakeshore Walleye and the Great Erie Monster, a fusion of house-made seafood sausage, blackened rock shrimp salad and avocado aioli. Milkshakes and burgers round out the menu, as does an extensive draft and wine list.
If you’re feeling indecisive about your food and drink picks, why not try a little bit of everything? Club Lounge tickets include an all-inclusive food and non-alcoholic drink package. Indulge in popcorn, pizza and pretzels or go for burgers and bratwursts. You can also sample specially crafted seasonal entrées like seared chicken and roasted pork loin, served with veggies and pasta. If you have a sweet tooth, the Club Lounge features hand-dipped ice cream and snow cones. And the suds flow here, with draft, bottled and canned beers available for purchase, along with wines and liquors, many of which are featured on daily specials.
If you’re staying in a serviced apartment in Cleveland, you may get used to the feeling of home-cooked meals on your trip. You can keep up that standard with a visit to Progressive Field, where eating like a local never tasted so good.