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Rays Tickets Guide – Best Food at Tropicana Field

February 14, 2014

Getting something good to eat is easy when you have Tampa Bay Rays tickets. Tropicana Field has several restaurants that can fill your empty belly. If you want something before or after the game, just turn to the surrounding neighborhood. It has a wealth of restaurants waiting for you to discover them.

Best Food at Tropicana Field

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Tropicana Field has two restaurants that stand above its other concessions: The Brewhouse and Everglades BBQ Smokehouse. If you visit one of these restaurants, you will have plenty of delicious options. Everglades BBQ Smokehouse has a selection of barbecue dishes that you can enjoy while watching the game from the restaurant’s window. Some of the most-loved dishes include:

  • the pulled pork sandwich
  • double cheeseburger
  • chicken and ribs combo
  • brisket quesadilla

If you would like something lighter, you can always head to the salad bar. Everglades BBQ Smokehouse even has scrumptious desserts, so leave a little room.

The Brewhouse, in addition to having plenty of beers on tap, has a selection of pub foods that will fill you up and give you energy for the game. If you feel like a challenge, try to finish the Brewhouse’s two-pound burger. It comes with four eight-ounce patties, four slices of cheese, sixteen slices of bacon, and a pound of french fries.


Bodega has a menu of Cuban-inspired sandwiches, platos, salads, and sides. Moreover, it all comes at reasonable prices. You’ll have a hard time deciding which sandwich to order. Choices include:

  • Pollo asado with mango mayo
  • Lechon with Cuban roast pork and grilled onions
  • Cuban with roast pork, ham, swiss cheese, and pickles

You can’t go wrong with any of these sandwiches. Just order and enjoy the rich, nuanced flavors.

Engine No9

Engine No9 often gets billed as the best burger joint near Tropicana Field. The restaurant does have an impressive list of hamburgers, including those with inventive names:

  • Black Flag
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Wine-O
  • Chubby Duck
  • Goat Head
  • Van Helsing

Just because Engine No9 has the best burgers doesn’t mean that it can’t serve other dishes worthy of your pre- or post-game meal. Some of the most appealing starters and entrees include:

  • Jerk Braised Short Ribs
  • New Orleans Jambalaya Pasta
  • Sriracha Salmon
  • Macho Tater Tots
  • Fried Dill Pickle Spears

With so much variety, everyone in your group will find something.

Gelato! Gelato!

When you want something sweet after a game, head to Gelato! Gelato! Located on Central Ave., this shop focuses on serving the finest gelato, an Italian dessert similar to ice cream. The shop has dozens of flavors, so find something that sounds good to you and try it. You won’t feel disappointed.

What are your favorite places to eat near Tropicana Field? Do you have a specific place that you always go before, during, or after games? Whether you want classic stadium food, or you’re feeling adventurous, the Tropicana field and surrounding area will keep you full and your taste buds happy. Enjoy your game in sunny St. Petersburg, Fla.

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