There’s nothing quite like game day: the rush of adrenaline, the sea of fans sporting your favorite team’s colors and, of course, a trip or four to the concessions stands. Whether you’re hitting a Dodgers game, repping the Lakers at the Staples Center or cheering at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, it’s a time for ice-cold beer and snacks you can stress-eat when the game gets too close.
While typical ballgame and courtside fare includes peanuts, Cracker Jacks and hot dogs, L.A. has some of the country’s best when it comes to eating while catching a game—including California-only craft beer stands, some seriously killer tacos, and sandwiches from James Beard-nominated chefs. Sure, there are places to eat near the park, and team-inspired specials all over town, but with food this good, why even leave the stadium? Here’s where and what to eat inside Dodger Stadium, the Banc of California Stadium, the Staples Center and more.
You’ve already eaten your way through all the Dodger Dog spinoffs, and at least for the next few games, you never want to see another Dodger Dog again. (Good luck with that.) Enter Base Bowls, the outpost for those looking for anything that’s not traditional stadium fare. It’s also got one of the strongest drink games in the park: soju cocktails and frozen Kirin beer. Head here for poke bowls, orange chicken and chicken teriyaki (and, if you decide at the last second you do want that hot dog after all, they’ve got Brooklyn Dogs at the ready). This season they've also unleashed a new item or two: the California Roll Bowl, which includes surimi, Sriracha aioli, edamame, carrots, cucumbers and sushi rice, and the chicken burrito bowl, made with pollo asada, black beans and pico.
Find it: Field 45
The mack daddy of Dodger Stadium fare, this stand crops up in a few locations and slings some of the ballpark’s more memorable items. This is where you’ll find classic Dodger Dogs; Doyer Dogs, which come smothered with chili, nacho cheese, jalapeños and onions; the so-craveable garlic fries; Doyer Fries, topped with the trappings of a Doyer Dog; beer; esquite; and soft serve. Whew.
Find it: at Field 22, Field 23 and Top Deck 6
Hit this spot for smoked wings cooked in a Jim Beam whiskey sauce, in addition to a few other snackables—namely pork belly tacos and pulled pork sliders—as well as draft beer and a few highball cocktails on draft.
Find it: in Right Field Plaza
Because the more stuffed-in-buns things we eat, the better. Here, the trademark sweet Hawaiian rolls accompany BBQ platters (of pork and beef), plus act as the buns for pulled pork sliders. This is also a spot for grabbing Dole Whip, aguas frescas, the new Dodger Sausage, BBQ pork nachos, a special Hawaiian BBQ-flavored Dodger Dog (pictured), and a giant platter of sticky wings. Mahalo, Dodgers fans.
Find it: at Left Field Plaza
One of the stadium’s top new items goes long, and this is one of the only spots to find it. The new Going Yard Sausage is 16.5 inches long (we hope you brought your appetite) and features a jalapeño, bacon and cheddar sausage that's topped with roasted corn, avocado relish, grilled onions and crema. This is also where you can catch specials such as ropa vieja, pastrami fries (pictured) and secret-menu crab cake sandwiches. Best follow chef Ryan Evans or Dodger Stadium Food on social media to stay in the know about that rotating specials menu.
Find it: Field 48; Loge level 133 and Reserve Level 4
If carne asada fries served in a collectible blue Dodgers helmet don’t interest you, what are you doing eating at the stadium? LA Taqueria serves this—one of the team's most fun and branded dining options, hands down—as well as margaritas on tap, nachos in a souvenir helmet, burritos, tempeh nachos and hot churros. C’mon! Hot churros! How are you going to argue with that? At the express outpost, snag nachos, carne asada fries, vegan nachos, burritos and beer.
Find it: Reserve 17, with an LA Taqueria Express locations at Field Lodge 163
Where do you go for the stadium’s most clog-your-arteries-good eats? Think Blue BBQ, home of the massive pulled pork burrito. It’s also where you can snag the new al pastor-inspired Dodger Sausage, plus pulled pork Dodger Dogs, pulled pork nachos, fried chicken buckets, smoked chicken wings, cotton candy, regular Dodger Dogs and, of course, garlic fries.
Find it: Reserve 32
Is it elegant Italian cuisine? No. Can you sometimes find meatballs in red sauce poured over fries? Absolutely. At this Italian-American red-sauce stand, grab thick-crusted pizza, chicken parm subs, Brooklyn Dogs, garlic fries, Italian sausages and the occasional cannoli. What more do ya want?
Find it: Field 48
If you didn’t go to a Dodger game and manage to turn your tongue blue, did you really go to a Dodger game? Check this off the to-do list with a visit to Trolley Treats, the stadium’s sweets emporium. Churro sundaes, blue ice cream, funnel cakes, soft serve, candied apples and bright blue ICEEs abound.
Find it: at Field 46 and Reserve 2
This Ray Garcia taco concept previously cornered DTLA’s upscale-taco market, but that wasn’t enough—so the James Beard Award-winning chef expanded B.S. Taqueria to the other end of Downtown with a stall in the Staples Center. At this outpost, expect a pared-down menu and simpler fare that’s just as solid: we’re talking elote on sticks, carnitas tacos, carne asada tacos, guajillo chicken tacos, chips and guacamole and some melt-in-your-mouth churros. You can also snag margaritas and palomas here, albeit pricey ones.
Find it: on the Main Concourse, next to section 117
The Staples Center’s Blaze Pizza features a truncated version of the chain’s regular menu, but you can still find cooked-in-seconds pies in regular, gluten-free and vegan varieties, with a range of toppings. Note: They’re all personal-sized pizzas, and thin crust. See also: salad and cookies.
Find it: Main Concourse, section 109
Here’s where things get weird. You want mac ’n’ cheese on a hot dog? Or maybe a California dog—heaped with caramelized onions—is more up your alley? Feel free to add bacon on top, too, because at this point, why wouldn’t you? This hot dog shack’s got two stands slinging ultra-topped dogs, plus nachos, draft beer and even hot chocolate. It’s nothing fancy, but it’ll squash those hot dog cravings you get every time you watch sports. There are classics like a chili dog, too, but c’mon—let’s get weird.
Find it: on the Main Concourse at sections 102 and 112
This quintessential L.A. brewery has its own outpost here, so of course you can find more than a few varieties of Golden Road brews on draft—and a signature cocktail. This is a spot for gastropub fare, including stuffed garlic bread, fried calamari, poke nachos, salads and hand-battered corn dogs. Honestly, just typing the words “stuffed garlic bread” has us hungry.
Find it: on the Main Concourse, across from section 118
Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s fried-chicken concept is one of our top picks at this venue, and it’s clear why: It isn’t every day you’ve got the option of fried chicken, honey lavender biscuits and herbs de Provence-sprinkled chicken strips from one of the country’s top French chefs. Want an even sweeter finish? Grab the sizeable sweet-and-salty ice cream sandwich for dessert.
Find it: on the Main Concourse, across from section 119
One of the few upper-deck food stalls worth a stop, this BBQ stall serves some of the stadium’s most massive meals—and they’re messy, too, so grab a napkin. Grab all the napkins. Then you can dig into hulking coleslaw-stacked brisket and pulled pork sandwiches without fearing too much mess and humiliation—unless one of the cameras catches you.
Find it: Upper Concourse, across from section 325
You’ve got not one but two Tap Haus stalls to choose from, both slinging a range of craft beer on draft. If you’re feeling peckish, grab a Shock Top brat or a Shock Top spicy brat (made with Shock Top beer, naturally), a Downtown Dog or a stacked-high pretzel sandwich.
Find it: on the Main Concourse, next to sections 113 and 118
Banc of California Stadium
True to its brick-and-mortar’s ethos, the satellite location in this stadium not only serves gourmet gutbombs; it also serves some of the best craft beer in the game. Stop by this stand for duck-fat fries, a classic burger, a massive sriracha burger, a decadent grilled cheese, deep-fried Oreos, and local beer from the likes of Modern Times, Mumford Brewing and Three Weavers Brewing Co.
Find it: on the 200 Level, near section 233
The lines are usually long at this Texas-style Compton mainstay serving ribs, brisket, chicken and more of pitmaster Kevin Bludso’s smoked goods, so don’t be surprised by a line at the new stadium, too. But just as it is at Bludso’s in Compton and more recently in Hollywood, the BBQ at the stadium is worth the wait. Look for BBQ sandwiches, a tri-tip plate and sides like greens, cole slaw and mac ’n’ cheese—and don’t skip the banana pudding.
Find it: on the 200 Level, near section 227
Need a caffeine fix? This is your destination. What began as an almond-milk company is fast enterting the coffee space, and at their stand—the first sports partnership for the company, period—you can find a range of espresso-based drinks all made with 100 percent Arabica beans that’ve been sourced via Direct Trade. There’s even a matcha option, and you can bet there’s almond milk aplenty. You can also find the cold brew in the stadium’s multiple markets.
Find it: on the 200 Level, near section 229
This tiny, beloved DTLA taco stand has not one but two stalls in this stadium: one’s an express stand, and each serves barbacoa, chicken, pork, and veggie tacos on fresh corn tortillas. This is also a spot to grab chips and guac, plus cold beer and candy.
Find it: on the 200 Level, behind the Supporters Section and near section 219
If you miss elementary school pizza days, this is the stand for you. The stadium bakes French bread pizzas onsite, then tops them with cheese, vegetables and pepperoni for all your nostalgia needs.
Find it: on the 200 Level, behind the Supporters Section
Disneyland, be damned. OK, we don’t really mean that, but this stadium’s a much nearer drive for most of us and, let’s face it, the lines will probably be shorter here than in the Happiest Place on Earth. Of course there’s more than your classic Dole Whip here: You can also nab frozen, chocolate-dipped pineapple, plus pineapple juice and a few other snacks.
Find it: on the 200 Level, near section 107
Sporting two rotisseries in one location for your carniverous pleasure, LA Rotisserie is one of the stadium’s more unique options. Watch the meat twirl slowly as it roasts to tenderness perfection for a rotating menu that includes highlights such as hand-carved porchetta sandwiches and plates of half chickens served over seasoned potatoes.
Find it: at the 200 level, near section 208
This bar on wheels serves classic, specialty and frozen margaritas—perfect for a hot day of soccer, if you ask us—and they’re all served in a keepsake mason jar. It’s also where you’ll find micheladas, chili-lime peanuts, chicharones and craft beer.
Find it: on Level 200 near sections 225 and 218; on Level 300 near section M3; and on Level 400 near the Supporters Section
Cheese fans, rejoice: This is where to find great grilled cheese. This stand specializes in hot pressed sandwiches, most served on locally made bread from OC Baking and utilizing cheese from California. The menu includes opptions like beer-braised short rib and cheddar; turkey and basil; and a triple cream and peppadew marmalade grilled cheese.
Find it: on the 200 level, behind the Supporters Section
Who says stadium food has to be heavy? This stall leans Mediterranean with items such as pita-chip nachos piled with feta; falafel pita pockets; and chicken shawarma. Wash it down with this stand’s selection of 24-ounce beers.
Find it: on the 200 Level, near section 217
Founders Chris Oh, Ted Kim and Yong Kim began nearly a decade ago with a Korean hot-dog food truck, and my, look how they’ve grown. They’ve spread to Hawaii, San Jose and Oxnard, but you can find them locally in the city’s new stadium serving Korean-inspired street food such as kalbi pork sausage with kimchi, and smothered fries.
Find it: on Level 200, near section 229
We get that some of these sandwich creations are massive and eye-catching, but sometimes all you really want (or need in this life) are some tamales. Fortunately for you, the stadium has three mobile tamale carts serving chicken, spicy pork and cheese-and-green-chile tamales—and beer.
Find it: on Level 300 near section M2 and the Supporters Section, and on Level 500 aboce section 235
Angel Stadium, meet BBQ flavor. This is where you head for smoked sausages, BBQ brisket sandwiches, loaded smoked potatoes—that’s the “Smoke Ring Spud” to you—and hot dogs. Grab a napkin or seven.
Find it: sections 108 and 237
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
This is where you can nab some of the Coliseum’s hearty greats: loaded nachos and jumbo dogs slathered in toppings. It’s also a surprisingly good value for stadium fare: tons of food for around $10 a dish.
Find it: just inside Gate 4
This pops up only during Rams games, and you can usually catch it opening two to three hours before kickoff. As the name suggests, you can bet there’ll be Corona here, but at this beach-inspired stand—complete with lawn chairs and umbrellas—you can find a full bar, plus premium drinks such as margaritas.
Find it: at Gate 1, on the south end of the Peristyle
There’s a full Dog Haus Biergarten just a few blocks from the stadium—at Figueroa and Jefferson, to be exact—but if you’re looking for the immediate satisfaction of gourmet sausages served between griddled King’s Hawaiian rolls, well, then you’re still in the right place.
Find it: in the food court, just to the left of Gate 11
Vendors rotate frequently, but you can almost find a few choice food trucks parked at the end of the stadium. Past options have included Trejo’s Tacos, Pink Taco, Slammin’ Sliders and Baby’s Badass Burgers.
Find it: at the Olympic Gateway, by the East End Zone
This hot-chicken trend finally hit the Coliseum, which means you can blame your tears on the spice of the sandwich whether the Rams win or lose. Stop by LA Hot Chicken for the cayenne-flecked fried chicken in sandwich form on potato rolls. Think you can take the heat? Order the extra-hot variety, made with ghost peppers and Szechuan chillies.
Find it: at the field tunnel, near aisle 13
Sure, nachos are sold at almost every upper-level stand here, and tacos abound in and out of the stadium, but Pancho is where you go for these, plus hearty tamales and fresh guacamole.
Find it: in the food court, just to the left of Gate 11
Take a multi-city tour of California’s brews, and the most you’ll have to travel is from one side of the Coliseum to the other. This pour station features beers from San Diego (Ballast Point) and of course L.A. (options such as Angel City, 3 Weavers and Golden Road), and makes its way to Northern California with breweries like Sierra Nevada.
Find it: at the Peristyle, near the East End Zone
Those looking for meaty, smoky, sauce-slicked dishes on game day should bee line to the food court because that's where USC Smokehouse piles mounds of North Carolina-style pulled pork onto sandwiches. If you're craving something beefier, opt for the thick slices of brisket piled onto buns.
Find it: in the food court, just to the left of Gate 11