Marlins Park to offer much palate-pleasing fare

Marlins Park to offer much palate-pleasing fare

Marlins Park to offer much palate-pleasing fare
MIAMI -- From the fish tanks installed behind home plate to the team's new jerseys, the Marlins are making sure they accurately portray the city of Miami's diversity and unique vibe.

And as many fans will learn this season, the food offered at Marlins Park is another example of that.

Seafood items like shrimp burgers and grilled mahi-mahi tacos, and Miami favorites such as pan con lechon (pork sandwiches) and mariquitas con mojo (plantain chips with garlic sauce) fill the ballpark's menu that was created by Levy Restaurants.

"There are lots of choices, and that's to go with the whole vibe of this ballpark," Marlins president David Samson said. "Everything from the black bean burger to the Miami shrimp burger to the nachos, everything is very Miami and ballpark related."

One of the unique features that Marlins Park offers is the "Taste of Miami" area, which will be located on the third-base side of the ballpark. As part of the Taste of Miami concept, three local restaurants -- Papo Llega y Pon, Latin American Grill and Don Camaron -- will provide food that represents the city.

Each local eatery will sell five to eight menu items during games. The selections will include everything from oysters to chicharron (pork rinds) and Cuban sandwiches.

"The one thing about Miami is that it is a gateway to the Americas, and there is a lot of diversity," said executive vice president of operations and events Claude Delorme. "We just want to make sure that people can identify with some menu items."

But if fans just want some traditional ballpark food, the Marlins are making sure to offer that, too. Nachos, hot dogs, french fries and burgers will all be on the menu.

Even the kids will have a place to go, as a specific concession stand called "the Kids Shack" will be serving health-conscious kid combo meals that include a hot dog, drink, and either carrots or apples for $3.75.

"We want to make sure that families can come to the ballpark and not feel like this is their only outing for the month," Delorme said. "We want to make it as affordable as possible."

And that's not all, as the ballpark's menu will also carry a signature item from the opposing team's city. For example, on Opening Day on April 4, fried tortellini with marinara sauce will be sold to represent the city of St. Louis.

"We really looked at every aspect of how can we have some really great products in the stadium that people do not expect to have," said Levy Restaurants regional executive chef Jim Abbey. "We wanted concepts that people would identify with and that would reflect the Miami setting."

Anthony Chiang is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.