At 2:00 today, the Sox face off against the Seattle Mariners. If you’re one of the lucky fans to have scored tickets to the sold out game, you face a quandary: where to eat before and after the game? A pre-game bite is easy enough: eat at the park! Offerings range from the traditional (buy yourself some peanuts and Cracker Jack) to the upscale (would you like a smoked salmon lollipop with your pan-roasted halibut and Maine lobster?). Fenway Park grub provider Aramark estimates that the attendees of today’s game will consume (among other things) 20,600 hot dogs, 5,800 bags of peanuts, and 1,100 gallons of soda.
If you’re still hungry for more after the game, there are a wealth of options within a ten minute walk of the park. We stopped by Ken Oringer’s brand-new taco joint La Verdad this weekend and found great tacos for under three bucks a pop. If a nice plate of pasta is more to your liking, drop by Trattoria Toscana, which manages to slip past the attention of most game attendees. Or, if you’re feeling celebratory and have some money to burn, live it up at Eastern Standard or the Kenmore branch of Petit Robert Bistro.
But what about us poor schmucks who didn’t get organized enough to buy tickets and are reduced to watching today’s game on MLB.com? Don’t worry! Boston hasn’t forgotten us! JP Licks will be offering free scoops at all of their locations from 11:00-4:00 today. Try a dish of Green (Monster) Tea or Rice Dice-Kream (sound familiar?). You can also head on down to your local Pizzeria Uno (unless your local Uno happens to be the Kenmore Square location, which, puzzlingly enough, is not included in the deal) to watch the game. From 2:00-7:00 today, bar snacks will cost $2.99 or less and a shrine to the Sox will be unveiled. Baseball and bar snacks. What could be better?