Monday, September 13, 2010

Visiting Yankee Stadium with Food Allergies

The new Yankee Stadium
While my food-allergic son was home from college we had an opportunity to go see a Yankee game at the new Yankee Stadium. In case you’re wondering, it was a beautiful day and the Yankee’s won! Yippee! Now, about the food…

When we first arrived we decided to try the garlic fries. One of the interesting things about the stadium concessions is there is a separate line for food types. So, we got in the fries line, and ordered our garlic fries. No, no cheese, please. They were quite good, and we had no allergy problems.

Next, I went in search of a salad. For me, I was simply looking for a healthy food option without wheat. I walked around the entire stadium and could not find a salad – or veggies of any sort. There was a sushi bar, but being sensitive to soy, that seemed risky. Back at my seat I checked out the seat-side menu and found a chicken caesar salad. Yup, that would do. It arrived crouton-free, and the cheese was in a separate packet that could have easily been skipped. It wasn’t the best salad I have ever had, but it worked.

Next, my son and husband wanted their lunch. My husband had been raving about the prime rib sandwiches available from the Lobel’s concession, so we headed there. This concession stand is small and tucked away, but it always has a really long line. I think this may be the absolute best food option (allergies or not) at Yankee Stadium. They sell only one beef-based sandwich per day. Today it was prime rib. We could see the meat roasting and being sliced in the back, through windows as we waited in line.

Could we get one allergen-free? Yes! We asked for one regular sandwich, and one meat-only. No bun, no gravy. They plopped a very handsome portion of juicy meat into a container for my son, and he had an awesome meal!

What about the peanuts? We were lucky to not be surrounded by peanut eaters, but later in the day a group three rows in front of us shared a large container of peanuts. It was a windy day, and the shells and peanut dust did travel up to our seats. We were also lucky that our row had thinned out by that time, so we were able to move a few seats away to avoid a problem.

All in all, it was a very successful trip.

Photo by jeffpearce

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