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Ballpark Visit: Citizens Bank Park / Philadelphia Phillies / 3

Is Citizens Bank Park the best ballpark in baseball? While its location keeps it from being considered the best overall ballpark, it certainly is one of the best. Page 3: Food and Drink, Handicapped Seating


Apparently it is mandatory for a ballpark to have a BBQ stand, a precedent set by Boog Powell’s stand at Oriole Park. In Philadelphia the barbecue is served up under former Phillie Greg “The Bull” Luzinski’s name in Ashburn Alley. Now, Bull Luzinski is the kind of guy who looks like he’s never walked away from a rack or two of ribs in his life, and apparently he was quite the ribs connoisseur before he signed on as the celebrity name at the Citizens Bank Park barbecue pit. It was a smart signing for concessionaire Aramark: we couldn’t get near the place because of the long lines.

However, that left with probably a dozen solid food choices, including several in Ashburn Alley. Sandwiches are big in Philadelphia, and in Ashburn Alley you have your choice between Philly cheesesteaks from Campo’s Deli and Philly-style sandwiches (including cheesesteaks and pork sandwiches) from Tony Luke’s. Both have their adherents, judging by the long lines in front of both stands.

Neither are excessive as The Schmitter, sold at the stand behind Section 139. Basically, a Schmitter is a cheesesteak on steroids, comprised of fried salami, steak, three slices of cheese, tomatoes and a special sauce. It was originated at McNally's Tavern in Chestnut Hill.