Flash sale tickets for Minnesota Twins games cost as little as $5 a seat, leaving enough room in one’s budget for more important matters… like buying a souvenir helmet loaded with nachos. Minnevangelist co-founder Andrew Parks models an empty one here — don’t judge, we all have our weaknesses — while chomping into a Dinger-sized hot dog.
This was only our second visit to Target Field, so we’re still trying to wrap our heads around the 2,647 types of tube meat it sells. The Dinger is an extra-long hot dog made with a beef-and-pork blend from Schweigert Meats. The Minnesota-born, Wisconsin-based brand also makes the Original Twins Dog, modeled after Metropolitan Stadium’s nearly 60-year-old recipe; a Dugout Dog with a snappy natural casing; and a pork-free Big Dog that weighs in with a quarter pound of beef. Available elsewhere in the stadium: kosher dogs, foot-longs, vegan Sriracha brats from The Herbivorous Butcher, and the new and totally absurd Boomstick, a two-foot-long, $27 dog topped with chili, nacho cheese, grilled onions, and jalapeños. (Section 127 and you’re welcome.)
For more elevated stadium fare, look no further than the kicky vegan channa masala from Hot Indian Foods; jerk chicken, yellow rice, and vinegary greens at Soul Bowl; the chicken schwarma wrap from Holy Land; and Izzy’s Ice Cream for dessert. Gate 34 has the best selection of craft beer, including local brewers Fair State Brewing Cooperative and Indeed Brewing Company: It’s not enough to numb the pain of a Twins loss, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. ⚾️❤️
1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, MN; 612-659-3400.