Chowin’ Down: Meat Parfait and Shrimp Tacos
Imagine eating your favorite local food in a city where it’s not the norm. Miller Park offers one of the most unique eating experiences that I have ever witnessed in a ballpark. I was in Milwaukee to catch the Padres series when I was asked if I wanted to “eat something San Diego”. I think that was because I had my Padres shirt and them not knowing I’m from Detroit.
But I said “sure,” and headed up a level to see what all the rave was about. One stand on the 2nd level behind home plate serves a changing menu based on the visiting team. The menu features a specialty that you would find in the visiting team’s city. For San Diego, it is shrimp tacos.
Shrimp tacos were on the menu for the entire series and that was the only dish served with “San Diego flair,” but it was also the only one needed. Each order came with three flour tortilla filled with grilled pineapple-cilantro slaw, avocado, blackened shrimp, and salsa verde sauce and chipotle ranch sauce.
Personally I love fish or shrimp tacos so this was a perfect fit for me. The tortilla was warm and soft, the guacamole was tangy, the salsa verde gave it added flavor and the slaw gave the taco a very nice crunch. Oh and the shrimp…ohhhh the shrimp. If you are a seafood eater, you may be picky about your flavors and textures when it comes to good eats. These fellas were abundant and bountiful. Each taco had four large shrimp on them to top it all off.
The best part of it all, these delicious shrimp tacos are so reasonably priced that your wallet doesn’t take the usual ballpark hit! Only $9.50!
Then comes the perennial powerhouse that every visiting baseball fan should try. The epic Meat Parfait.
Three layers mashed potatoes, two layers meat, all covered in sweet barbeque sauce with some chives to top it off. Being from Milwaukee, I have been around since the consecration of this beautiful man snack and have had the pleasure of indulging in it’s classic meat and potatoes goodness multiple times. It starts off with a typical scoop of mashed potatoes, which is then layered with your choice of either pulled pork or pulled beef. I typically tend to go for the beef on the bottom layer and then pork on the top (Yes, you can mix and match). After another layer of potatoes and your pulled meat of choice, they cap it all off with the final potato scoop and drizzle it with as much barbeque as you can handle.
If your mouth isn’t watering at this point, you may not be human. For eating tips, I generally recommend to try and get a nice mix of meat and potatoes in each bite, but be wary, because once you run out of meat at the bottom, it’s all mashed potatoes and remnants of BBQ from there.
You can find these in most corners of Miller Park on every level, and the same stand also offers delicious pulled BBQ sliders if the Meat Parfait is too much for you. It all comes in at the nice price point of $7.00, which is completely affordable to every fan at the game. Hope to see you out at the stadium and enjoying one of the finer things in life: Pulled BBQ.