Via Philadelphia's City Paper: "Ben Gollotti, who's been selling sports memorabilia for 35 years, opened this combo shop — collectibles and ice cream! — in the Italian Market two weeks back."

See also: Baseball cards and banana splits: B & G’s Sports & Ice Cream Bar (Meal Ticket)

B & G's Ice Cream & Sports Bar
814 S. Ninth St., 215-218-9923

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City: Oklahoma City, OK
Venue: AT&T Ballpark
Team: Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA)
Address: 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive, Oklahoma City, OK‎ 73104

With the zany promotions, local "celebrities" and obligatory dollar-beer nights, it’s hard to beat minor league baseball in terms of bang for the buck.

This year, the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers) are going one better, bringing a "Taste of the Majors" to America’s heartland. Throughout the season, the Redhawks will highlight various major league cities during each homestand by offering various stadium food specialties native to that city. It will feature everything from Dodger dogs and Fenway franks to lobster rolls, garlic fries and The Schmitter.

Hope you have your cardiologist on speed dial.

The Redhawks already have a great product as one of the most fan-friendly teams out there and one of the best stadiums in the minors. Now they’re going big league with the food.

From the Oklahoma City Redhawks:

April 17-24: New York Yankees/Yankee Stadium.
April 30-May 7: Chicago Cubs/Wrigley Field.
May 12-18: Philadelphia Phillies/Citizens Bank Park.
May 29-June 5: St. Louis Cardinals/Busch Stadium.
June 15-26: Los Angeles Dodgers/Dodger Stadium.
July 4-12: repeat New York Yankees/Yankee Stadium.
July 24-27: repeat Chicago Cubs/Wrigley Field.
Aug. 1-4, 14-21: Boston Red Sox/Fenway Park.
Aug. 31-Sept. 3: Best of the Best.



Baked ziti
Nathan's hot dogs
Italian meatball subs

Chicago dogs
Old Style beer
Mother-in-law sandwich

Authentic Philly cheese steak sandwich
The Schmitter
Crab fries

Toasted ravioli
Garlic-parmesan fries
Cajun season fries

Dodger dogs
Gourmet pretzel
Garlic fries

Fenway franks
Lobster rolls
Italian sausages

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In his blog at, Nat's third baseman Ryan Zimmerman told readers of his favorite eateries in the Capitol region:

Speaking of DC, I thought I’d throw out a few of my favorite restaurants in the area. I love to eat good food (doesn’t everybody) and us young guys enjoy all different types of food when we’re on the road traveling. Hanrahan, Lannan, the other Zimm – all of us who aren’t married and don’t have families with us on the road figure what better way to spend our down time than eating. Haha. So here go my favorite spots in Arlington and DC:

Liberty Tavern
Restaurant 3
Even Tide

Capitol Grille
Sushi Taro

My favorite food: any steakhouse! (Prime Rib, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Morton’s)

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From NESW (via Deadspin):

Guy Fieri Lookalike Dupes KC Royals Broadcasting Crew, Video. This is so sad. There must be so little to do during Royals games. Now they are interviewing people that kind of look like people that work for the Food Network.

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City: Los Angeles, CA
Foodie: Jackie, @ThatSportsBabe

Venue: Dodger Stadium, Staples Center
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)
Address: 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles, California 90012; 1111 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015

Jackie's Taste

Philippe The Original
1001 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-3781

Philippe’s, an institution in downtown Los Angeles, is known not only for its french dip au jus sandwiches but the atomic hot mustard accessory that is "eat at your own risk."

Located on the backside of downtown in a building that was originally a machine shop on the bottom and an Inn on top, it is the go-to place before Dodger, Laker and Clipper games. They serve beer and wine at a price worth going out of your way for to get your grub and chug on before you tackle the expensive concession stands at game-time.

Opened in 1927 (but re-opened in 1951 at this location), Philippe’s has sawdust on the floor and roughly 8 lines across a deli counter. The wait to order your yummies is always a good 10 minutes minimum but worth every second. While they do serve breakfast (all day!) stews, chili and various soups, they are known for their signature sandwiches. You can choose between beef or ham (which they begin serving at 6am) as well as pork, lamb, tuna and turkey. There is also the option of going single dip, double dip or “wet” with the delicious au jus for the accompanying French roll as well as adding American, swiss or bleu cheese. (I recommend plain, no cheese) An array of side dishes are available too for a nominal fee, my favorites being the macaroni salad, potato salad and giant pickles. Word to the wise: Don’t even think of asking them for the "au jus on the side" or ketchup. You WILL be given a very ugly look

Recently featured on the show Man Vs. Food on the Travel Channel, host Adam Richman demonstrated how the fiery mustard was made. Needless to say SARS masks were involved and there were tears and eventual exodus to the parking lot because he “couldn’t take the heat in the kitchen.”. Created in a vat containing 2 gallons of 100 grain white vinegar, 10 gallons of white vinegar, 35 pounds of mustard flour and some paprika and salt, that is only a portion of what they manufacture daily. It is said that they go through 80 gallons of it PER WEEK. The equivalent of cocaine in a paste form, it will nearly put a hole in your nostril from the afterburn thru your sinuses but I guarantee you will not leave hungry or congested from Phillippe’s after a hearty sandwich smothered in signature mustard.

With the emergence of downtown’s new residential communities popping up, the influx of the all-nighter and hungover crowd has boomed making the lines severe morning, noon and night.. Bring your appetite and your patience to this beloved establishment but leave your credit card at home. CASH ONLY.

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