Last season, Comerica Park got a facelift by adding several aesthetic improvements to the Tiger’s home. With the addition of the fix-food location and left field Chevrolet Pavilion, this season was the time to improve what is being served.
“Construction-wise, last year was a big year,” said Robert Thormeier vice president of operations for Delaware North, the ballpark's concessionaire. “We did a lot of different projects and kind of fine-tuned them throughout the course of the season.” Comerica Park executive chef Mark Szubeczak has outdone himself this year with some creative new stadium flare.
Little Caesar's Coney Deep Dish Pizza
Detroit Tigers fans can start it all off with a Little Caesar’s Coney Deep Dish Pizza. “It’s a deep-dish dough with a Coney sauce, cheese, ballpark frank, mustard, onions, and cheese,” Szubeczak said. “It’s fantastic, it’s fantastic.” Szubeczak’s secret is replacing the tomato sauce with beanless-chili sauce. Chris Thomas of the Detroit Free Press reviewed, “They successfully make you feel like you’re eating a Coney!”
Hawaiian Dog / Photo Credit: Detroit Free Press
If the Coney Pizza is not for you, maybe you prefer a more traditional hot dog. This year, Comerica offers the Hawaiian Dog. But Szubeczak has taken the traditionally basic pineapple-and-ham “Hawaiian” idea and turbocharged it, adding jalapenos, bacon bits, tangy barbecue sauce and pickled red onions. Sounds like a volcano of flavor!
Another creative option is the Jalapeño and Cheddar-Stuffed Bratwurst Poppers. They were not available at the kickoff tasting, but if they taste as good as the sound, then they are sure to spice up the menu.
It may not seem like it, but Chef Szubeczak placed a strong emphasis on healthier options at the ballpark this year. “More salads and fruits,” he said. “The shawarmas, we’re heading there. And the hummus, we’re trying to hit vegetarian and gluten-free. At our Grab-n-Go, we’re featuring a lot of salads and a lot of variety of offerings of healthy.”
You would not think of baseball stadiums as focusing on farm to table, but that is exactly what’s happening at Comerica Park. “It’s just playing with fresh food,” Szubeczak said. “I like to stick with the farm-to-table type stuff, bring more local and share it with the fans. Take care of Michigan and give back.”
Chicken Shawarma Nacho
There’s a straight-forward shawarma sandwich. But the more interesting option was the Chicken Shawarma Nacho, made of pita chips with chicken, tomatoes, pickles, romaine lettuce, garlic sauce, and hummus. The toasted crunch of the pita chip provides a nice texture.
Deep Fried Oreos of 2016 / Photo Credit: Eater Detroit
The Deep-Fried Oreo, a favorite from last year, has been removed. However, they have replaced it with a Deep-Fried Snickers to keep their dessert options all-star caliber.
Enjoy all the great stadium flare at Comerica Park all season long. Season ticket packages and single game tickets are available at http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/ticketing/index.jsp?c_id=det.