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Ballpark Visit: Target Field / Minnesota Twins - Eating at the Park

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EATING AT THE PARK

The Twins and concessionaire Delaware North are taking an interesting approach to concessions, almost totally eschewing third-party vendors (there’s no fast-food joint here like there is at Busch Stadium) and instead stressing home-grown creations.

There are two restaurants at the ballpark: Hrbek’s and the Town Ball Tavern. Hrbek’s, named for former Twins great and hometown hero Kent Hrbek, occupies some prime real estate behind home plate. With a capacity of 201, the sports bar opens to a fenced-off outdoor deck. While the ambiance outside may not be great – it’s right on Seventh Street, which can get very busy during rush hour – the windows can be opened to let in outside air at any time. Hrbek's will be open prior to and during all Twins home games and will feature pub fare such as the Rex Burger, a one-half pound, all-beef burger stuffed with caramelized onions and pepper jack cheese, served on a brioche roll. Another tip of the cap to Hrbek will be Bloomington onion rings: sweet yellow onions seasoned, breaded, crispy-fried and served with a tangy campfire and ranch dipping sauce. When you go, look up: the silver ceiling features Twins logos past and present.

The left-field corner is shaping up to party central. The Town Ball Tavern, behind the left field foul pole on the Club Level, will feature Target Field's own Juicy Lucy (or Jucy Lucy, depending on whether you think the burger originated at Matt’s (http://www.mattsbar.com/) or the 5-8 Club (http://www.5-8club.com/), a burger filled with cheese. As the burger cooks on the grill the cheese melts; care must be taken during that first bite. Also available: the obligatory walleye sandwich and a pulled pork sandwich.

Available on the Club level: fire-roasted pizzas from a gas-fired oven.

The concession stands at Target Field are branded with nine different themes, each with specific menu highlights. Three of the concession themes pay tribute to Twins greats: pitcher Frank Viola (Frankie V's Italian), broadcaster Halsey Hall (Halsey's Sausage Haus) and pitcher Juan Berenguer (Señor Smoke's):

Mill City Grill - featuring the signature Murray's Steak Sandwich and walleye fingers
Hennepin Grille - burgers, hot dogs, fries, chicken tenders
Frankie V's Italian - a variety of pizza, calzones, and an Italian chopped salad
North Shore Creamery - soft-serve sundaes, Twins helmet sundaes
Halsey's Sausage Haus - Italian and Polish sausage and jumbo hot dogs
Señor Smoke's - from Juan's home country of Panama we will feature empanadas and other regional favorites such as nachos, burritos and tacos
Taste of Twins Territory - beer-steamed brats, jumbo hot dogs and pretzels
State Fair Classics - walleye on-a-stick, pork chop on-a-stick and cheese curds
Twins Brews - craft and premium selections from Minnesota breweries

There are a few must-eat items at Target Field. First, the signature hot dog, supplied by Schweigert, is excellent; our tip is to seek out an open grill preparing dogs from scratch. Second, any brat from Kramarczuk’s is worth seeking out; there are freestanding Kramarczuk’s stands throughout the ballpark. The Hungarian, featuring plenty of paprika, is excellent. You'll also find plenty of local brews at the park, including the iconic Grain Belt.

Some ballpark tips from Miller:

The best seats in the house are on the third-base side, especially for evening games. That’s where you’ll get your best view of the downtown skyline at dusk, with the sun reflecting off iconic downtown buildings like the IDS Center and the Wells-Fargo Center.

The best cheap seats in the house: sections 320-324. You’ll have great views of the downtown skyline and seats angled toward the playing field.

If you’re parking at one of the ramps surrounding the ballpark, park at the top of the A ramp. You’ll get out of the ramp faster after the game, and you’ll be close to the skyway leading into ballpark.

If you’re worried about the elements, sit in the last 14 rows of a section in the grandstand. These seats will be covered by the overhang, which does to obstruct the view a little. There are plenty of TVs attached to the overhang so you’ll never miss any action.

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