My mom and step dad, Joe, have been spending some time in Florida this year. They went to a baseball game last night and sent me a picture and brief review of the gluten-free offerings at Tropicana Field.
I love the sign next to the menu that says “GF Gluten-free Ballpark Favorites”! They have Redbridge gluten-free beer, hot dogs and sweet Italian sausage made by Kayem, juice and soda. The gluten-free concession area is located in the “Center Field Street” concessions area.
Joe ordered a gluten-free beer, which he really enjoyed, and a hot dog. He said the bun was not very good, but he did enjoy the hot dog. I am working on finding out who supplies the buns. As we all know, certain brands require certain care and preparation in order to taste good. I experienced this when we dined at Margaritaville in Myrtle Beach. They serve their burgers and chicken sandwiches on a bun, but the bun ends up falling apart. With the multitude of options on the market these days, this shouldn’t be an issue. I got conflicting answers when I inquired about the brand of buns Margaritaville was using.
I appreciate that so many public places are implementing gluten-free options. It is great to have an abundance of choices, but even having one or two options is better than sitting there hungry or looking around watching everyone else eat and drink. I’ll never forget going to a Rascal Flatts concert shortly after I was diagnosed and started the gluten-free diet. The stadium where the concert was being held didn’t have a license to sell wine, only beer. This was back before there were gluten-free beer options, so while my friends were all able to enjoy beer during the concert, I was stuck drinking water or diet soda. I still had fun, but it would have been nice to join in the fun with my friends.
Have you tried any of the gluten-free options at Tropicana Field? What about any other baseball parks?