By Tracy Perlman

Baseball, brats and beer go pretty well together but there are so many more options than that at Twins games. Unlike many other ballparks, Target Field is quickly becoming a foodie destination, much like the Twin Cities itself.

The change in ballpark food is likely credited to the ever-changing appetites of fans. The time-tested favorites of baseball’s hey day like peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jack no fail options. But one of the most frequent questions I get from people going to games is what food to try.

Each year the Twins spotlight new items, and there are more than a dozen local favorites sold throughout the ballpark. I’ve found a handful of other menu items go unnoticed, especially for those counting calories, or have a vegetarian or gluten-free diet.

In my opinion, some of the best options are away from the concessions and at the ballpark’s restaurants. Here’s my list of picks for fans looking for something outside the traditional fare.

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Vegetarian Friendly:
1. Baked potato ($8.50, sections 105, 305/Senor Smoke’s)
2. Vegan Dog or Burger ($4/$5, 114, 109, 305)
3. Roasted Apple & Baby Spinach Salad ($10, Townball Tavern)
4. Roots For The Home Team Salads ($7, Gate 34, weekends only)

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Gluten-Free Treats:
1. Hot Indian’s Vegan Algoo Gobi ($11, 120)
2. Chicken Chorizo Loaded Potato Skins ($10.50, Hrbek’s)
3. Fish Tacos ($13, Hrbek’s)
4. Asian BBQ Shrimp ($13, Townball Tavern)

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Calorie-Conscious Eats:
1. Turkey-To-Go ($7.50, 112, 318)
2. Iceberg Wedge Salad ($8, Hrbek’s)
3. Beef Tacos ($6.50, Senor Smoke’s)
4. Hummus and Pretzels ($7.50 Grab-N-Go/112)

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New To The Menu:
1. Darby’s Tater Tot Nachos ($9.50, 133)
2. Red Cow’s 60/40 Bacon Burger ($8.50, 126)
3. Buffalo Chicken Fire Flat Bread ($10.50, Legends Club)
4. Smoked Meat Sandwich ($13, AZ Canteen/114)

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That’s So-Not-Ballpark Food:
1. Pork Chop On-A-Stick ($7.50, 133)
2. Mac’s Walleye and Chips ($11.50, 133)
3. Herb Crusted Chicken Sandwich ($12.50, Townball Tavern)
4. Chili & Wild Rice Soup ($6, Halsey’s Sausage Haus)

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Tastes From Around The Twin Cities:
1. Murray’s Steak Sandwich with Fries ($16, Mill City Grill)
2. Locally-Brewed Beer ($7-10, Minnesota Brews Portables, 140, 141)
3. Butcher & the Boar Pork Rib Tips ($14, 140/Gate 34)
4. Izzy’s Ice Cream ($7, 114)

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Tracy’s (Mostly) Time Tested Favorites:
1. Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad ($11, Townball Tavern)
2. The Big Dog with Chips ($6, throughout ballpark)
3. Grande Nachos ($9, throughout ballpark)
4. Soft Serve Helmet Sundae ($6.50, throughout ballpark)

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