What John and Cait Ate…Celebrate America with America’s Pastime!

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-John & Cait

This week in What John and Cait Ate:

Celebrate America with America’s Favorite Pastime!

$1 Hot Dogs on July 4th, plus the Red, White & Blue Steak Sandwich

During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

This week, Chef John treated us to some special Food Network Sandwiches and a tried-and-true concession all-star, the hot dog, as we prepare to spend Independence Day at Miller Park.

Read on for a description, photos and reviews!

Signature Steak Sandwich:

Food Network’s Red, White & Blue Steak Sandwich- $10.50

Food Network and Delaware North/Sportservice paired up this season to introduce a Food Network signature steak sandwich – plus additional steak sandwiches celebrating local flavors – in concessions at select Major League ballparks. Last season, Food Network menu items were served in premium areas of ballparks where Sportservice operates food and beverage services, but the steak sandwiches represent the first foray for Food Network into general concessions at ballparks.

The Food Network signature Red, White & Blue Steak Sandwich comes on a French demi baguette and is topped with Maytag blue cheese, sweet and spicy Peppadew-pepper mayonnaise, and potato stix. It is currently available at eight ballparks: Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Progressive Field in Cleveland, Comerica Park in Detroit, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Texas, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Petco Park in San Diego, Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore and Milwaukee’s very own, Miller Park.

John:  I was very excited to try this sandwich because I have heard a lot of good things about it. I definitely was not disappointed.  I love blue cheese and the peppadew-pepper mayo was a great compliment. The mayo gave the sandwich just the right amount of kick for a great flavor. The cut of the meat was tender and flavorful while at the same time very easy to eat. It was cooked to a perfect medium temperature. The fresh, French demi-baguette on which the sandwich was served also complemented the entire sandwich. It wasn’t very messy, but you might not want to take it on the run. It would be best enjoyed while at your seat. I wouldn’t miss this one, as it reminded me of something from a restaurant.

Cait:  I feel like a broken record, but again let me add in the disclaimer that I am not the biggest red meat fan in the world. However, once again, I surprised myself by liking this sandwich as much as I did. The steak is a culotte cut and it is as tender as can be–just what you’d want on a sandwich and the peppadew-pepper mayo had a bite to it that was cut perfectly by the blue cheese. The potato stix lend a surprise to the tastebuds, adding to the overall textural experience of this sandwich. It is definitely worth a trip out to the Plaza to find this sandwich, where you’ll also get to smell the steak cooking over the grill.


    (out of 5)


Next up…

Food Network’s Milwaukee Steak Sandwich- $10.50

At each of the eight ballparks that serve the Red, White and Blue sandwich, Sportservice is also serving a Food Network steak sandwich reflecting the tastes of that region. Here in Milwaukee, that means the steak is doused with sharp and hoppy beer cheese!

John: This was the same cut of meat and same delicious roll, but with a different taste. This one had more “kick” as it was topped with jalapenos, a little too much spice for my liking. The homemade cheese sauce had good consistency and flavor throughout. A very creative idea from the Food Network as the beer cheese flavor screams Milwaukee!

Cait:  The Food Network really knows how to say Milwaukee on a bun, or excuse me, a French demi-baguette!  This sandwich utilizes the same cut of meat and bun as the Red, White and Blue Sandwich, but adds a beer and sharp cheddar cheese sauce that is made in-house. The sandwich is topped with jalapenos that give just the right amount of kick without being overpowering. Thanks for the great combination, Food Network! Oh, and can you say “Hi” to Marc Summers for me? I’ve liked him since the Double Dare days and I thoroughly enjoy Unwrapped!


(out of 5)


Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Both of these sandwiches are available at the Plaza Grill outside Miller Park in the right-field corner. A somewhat “hidden gem” at Miller Park, the Plaza Grill is a great place for a pregame meal and some fresh air.  There is plenty of picnic table seating (along with a number of hightop tables) so you can enjoy your meal. Some of the seats are also in the shade for those really hot summer afternoons. The Plaza Grill also has the BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich, along with the Racing Sausage Kabobs, the winner of our “Create-a-Concession Contest”;  and “The Bomber”–both items which will be featured in upcoming editions of “What John and Cait Ate.”  Stay tuned for our review or try them yourself!

Note: For those curious (and also for members of the Brewers Road Crew), here is a look at the other ballparks’ specialty sandwiches: Cincinnati’s is topped with a bourbon-spiked BBQ sauce and smoked cheddar cheese; Cleveland’s version has sauerkraut and Bertman’s brown Polish mustard; Detroit’s features tangy banana pepper mayonnaise and feta cheese; the Texas sandwich is topped with a smoky charred salsa verde; St. Louis comes with St. Louis-style BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese; San Diego’s is topped with spicy Kimchi and a touch of mayonnaise; and the Baltimore version is served with a special Old Bay-infused steak sauce.


Also, if you’re planning on traveling to Minnesota for the series this weekend, make sure you check out the two Food Network takes on the highly-popular Kramarczuk’s sausage already served by Sportservice there: a smoked bratwurst with horseradish cream and a wild rice bratwurst with pickled red cabbage and beer mustard.


Now last, but CERTAINLY not least…

Hot Dog- Just $1 on July 4th! (Reg. $3.25)

Remember the jingle: “What do we love, America? We love baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet!”?

Well, that’s certainly true and this Fourth of July, you can celebrate America with America’s Favorite Pastime by coming out for the Brewers vs. Diamondbacks game at 3:10pm, plus, you’ll enjoy good ole’ Klement’s hot dogs for just $1 each!

Chew on this: On an average game, Chef John tells us that we sell 2500-3000 hot dogs, but on a $1 dog game, we average almost one per person. During our Spring Madness weekend, for example, we sold 96,000 hot dogs over those three games!

One other interesting fact that we learned from Chef John is that in all Sportservice ballparks, the hot dog is the number one concession…except at Miller Park. Here at Miller Park, in the concession race at least, the hot dog comes in second to the brat.

John: I love America, I love the Fourth of July and I love baseball. To me, nothing says those three things like a simple hot dog.  One of my favorite things about a Miller Park hot dog? The Secret Stadium sauce. I can remember going to County Stadium when I was little and always getting Stadium Sauce on my hot dog. To this day, I can’t enjoy a Miller Park hot dog without the Secret Stadium sauce. If you have ever been to a Brewers game, chances are you have tried it, but if you haven’t tried it, you are definitely missing out.

Cait: Ah, the hot dog. Do I really have to describe the hot dog to you? Unless you’re a vegetarian, chances are pretty good that you’ve already had one here at Miller Park. Despite all of the unique and wonderfully delicious food items we have here at Miller Park, there is just something to be said about a hot dog at the ballpark. I don’t typically eat hot dogs, but inside the park, it is distinctly American and just feels right. And at the $1 price, you really can’t beat it! Take your family picnic to the park this holiday and let Prince and the Crew put on their own private fireworks display for you and 40,000 of your closest friends!


(out of 5)


Note: For those of you scoring at home, race-wise, Brat wears his rank, #1, in the Klement’s World Famous Sausage Race, but Hot Dog sports #4.

Speaking of the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, you’ll also want to come out on Sunday, July 10 for the Brewers vs. Reds game at 1:10pm. All fans in attendance will get this special Hot Dog Racing Sausage Bobble, presented by Klement’s Sausage to add to their collections!

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? Want to dispute our reviews? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

We’ll be back with another edition of What John and Cait Ate during the next homestand and until then, have a safe and happy holiday and…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait



Yummy i must try this.

How about a guide at Miller Park with directions to where we can buy specialty concessions? BTW…had the RWB steak sandwich two weeks ago at an afternoon game and the price was $9.50….why the one dollar upgrade? It was very good and the Plaza Pavilion was definitely a concession stand I plan to revisit.

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