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Milkshakes topped with peanut-butter-drizzled Cracker Jack. Hot dogs garnished with cream cheese and caramelized onions. Puffy empanadas stuffed with beef. Yeah, it may be time to update the lyrics to the seventh-inning stretch anthem, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” because ballparks—including Denver’s very own Coors Field—are slinging far more than peanuts and Cracker Jack these days.
The new 2023 concession options at Coors include some familiar Colorado summertime classics, like peaches in a dessert and green chile atop cheese fries. Also making its rookie debut this season are mustache-shaped soft pretzels made for fun stadium selfies. The treats are a fan favorite at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, which is the stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona where the Rockies play their spring training games.
The Rockies are also introducing Amazon’s “Just Walk Out” technology in Section 105. There, guests can grab the concessions they want and walk out, with a system that automatically registers what fans take off the shelves and processes their payments when they exit.
Headed out to a ballgame? Here’s where to find the best game day grub that teeters between gourmet and state fair–inspired.
Beef Steak Empanadas
Putting an empanada on the menu this season is a smart play. These fried, crescent-shaped pastries stuffed with savory beef steak can be eaten with one hand in case you want to join in on the wave or need to catch a fly ball. Drizzle your empanada with a bright chimichurri aïoli, an emulsion of garlic, olive oil, and herbs. For a little zest, the empanadas are served with a lime wedge, too. (Mobile ordering in Sections 214 and 240; FanFare Express in Sections 318, 338)
We can’t confirm any connections between Elvis and the Colorado Rockies. But the king of rock and roll did take a private jet to Denver once to satiate a decadent peanut butter and banana sandwich craving. The Elvis Shake is new to Coors Field this year, and this over-the-top creamy concoction spiked with crème de banana is made with soft-serve ice cream and peanut butter sauce and then gets a Cracker Jack crown and candied bacon garnish. Remember that you purchased this in section 153, because when you carry around a Rockies souvenir cup with bacon peeking out, you’ll generate more interest than Dinger. (Helton Burger Shack, Section 153)
Green Chile Cheese Fries
Perhaps the most decadent dish you’ll find in Coors Field are the green chile cheese fries. They start with shoestring fries and are topped with a generous heap of green pork chile. From there, they’re sprinkled with shredded cheddar and Jack cheeses. Wisconsin cheese curds take them over the top. (Sections 134, 335)
Hot Dogs from Biker Jim’s
Sure, you could get a Rockies dog from a number of Coors concessionaires. But if you live for a hot dog at a baseball game, you’ll want to seek out the dogs that are less “school lunch” and more gourmet. Proceed to Biker Jim’s. The hot dog purveyor’s stands within Coors Field offer a more concise menu than the nearby restaurant at 2148 Larimer Street. But inside the stadium, you still have a nice selection of elk jalapeño cheddar dogs, bacon cheddar brats, a Louisiana red hot all-beef dog with habanero, or a vegan dog. Your next move is to choose a topping: Biker Jim’s classic with cream cheese and caramelized onions or a traditional spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut. Heed our warning: Don’t wait until the seventh inning stretch to hunt down one of these bad boys—they’re known to sell out. (Here’s where else you can find game day hot dogs near Coors Field). (Sections 107 and 331)
You’re in Coors Field. You know what to do. But after downing a Banquet or two, seek out the frosé. Wine slushies are especially clutch during one of those hot afternoon games where the seats are sizzling hot and you’re better off watching the game from the standing-room-only section near the Silver Bullet Bar. But if you are a true fan and prefer a frozen drink with team spirit, head to the Captain’s Deck on the Mezzanine Level in center field and you’ll find frozen margs in a Rockies shade of purple. (Silver Bullet Bar)
Doritos Walking Nacho
It’s been well over a decade since Taco Bell unleashed the Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos tacos on us. Despite their popularity, culinary innovation involving America’s favorite bright orange chip has been at a standstill—until now. Coors Field is serving nachos with the nacho cheese-flavored chips as a base, and our only question is: “What took so long?” Served in the Doritos bag for convenience, with a split down the middle, the “walking nacho” comes with a choice of carnitas or chicken tinga. The nachos are also topped with green chile queso, jalapeños, and pico de gallo. (Sections 130, 144, 330)
If you’re a sucker for Dippin’ Dots, might we recommend you try Tornadough pretzels next? Both fall in the “fun snack” category. Tornadoughs look like breadsticks, but there’s something really satisfying about pulling the stretchy, spiralized dough apart. These underrated Coors Field delicacies taste like a cross between a pastry and pretzel, and you can order them sweet with cinnamon sugar or savory with Parmesan. (Sections 125, 154, 330)
Burgers can be found throughout Coors Field. But the very best ones are at Smashburger’s rooftop outpost. The fast-casual chain smashes its burger patties when they come off the grill (it’s what gives them their signature caramelized char). The abbreviated Smashburger menu at Coors includes classic smash and bacon smash burgers as well as tater tots and fries. (Section 303)
You’ve got lots of options for sweet treats at the stadium: churros, cookies, Cracker Jack, cotton candy, funnel cakes, ice cream, the aforementioned peanut butter and banana milkshake. But the one stand that consistently draws a crowd at Coors is Berrie Kabobs, which serves strawberries, bananas, and brownie bites on a stick that have been generously drizzled with white and milk chocolates. (Section 132)
Berry Waffle Cone
Ice cream will melt faster than you can say “strike” during an afternoon game in sunny Colorado. So, the Aramark culinary team came up with a summery dessert that has staying power: a berry waffle cone. The cone is filled with a ricotta cannoli filling plus raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. It’s finished off with a zesty lemon rind garnish. Now, berry lovers have a pick between the kabobs and the cones. (Section 223)
You’ve had peach cobbler, pies, and crumbles. For a delectable curveball, Coors is throwing peach chimmies our way this season and they’re like sweet chimichangas packed with the stone fruit. Whipped cream cheese is slathered on flour tortillas, which are stuffed with sliced peaches and a cinnamon sugar mix. Served warm, the peachy dessert is topped with caramel syrup and whipped cream. (Section 316 & Mobile Ordering Stands)