It's no secret that the Rogers Centre isn't a major league food destination – hard to ignore when U.S. stadium fare is the stuff of legend – so when die-hard baseball fans return to cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays at their season opener this Friday, it's pretty much guaranteed that the eats won't be winning the World Series of food, unless money is no option. Changing this reality is a necessary debate – especially when the rest of the city (Pearson airport included) is stepping up to the food plate in a major way – but, for now, it's time to play ball so here's a guide on what to eat and where it can be found at the game.
Alexander Keith's Sections 110, 129: Obviously Alexander Keith's, and a few other brews.
Bud Light Beer Sections 102, 125, 132: The name says it all.
Budweiser Beer Sections 112, 118, 139: Take one guess.
Budweiser King Club Section 121: More beer and snacks, along with a little KC beef brisket.
Corktown Fresh Burger Co. Section 117: Burgers! But no beer here.
Garrison Creek Foot Long Hot Dogs Sections 112, 131: What's a baseball game without a loaded footlong hotdog?
HogTown Grill Sections 113, 119, 127, 131: Feast on hotdogs, burgers, sandwiches and a 'Mediterranean Platter'?
Ice Cream Shop Section 137: Bet you can't guess what this one sells.
MYM Distillery Sections 11, 126, 129: Alcohol and snacks.
MYM Gourmet Frites Section 134: Chicken fingers, wraps, frites and 'signature poutines'!
Muddy York Market Section 109: One of the ballpark's most advanced establishments. Coffee, hoagies and pizza, and everything in between.
Olde Spadina Ave - Kosher Section 132: Kosher hotdogs, sausage and French fries.
Pizza Nova Section 116: The family-run chain has many fans and it does the trick.
Quaker Steak & Lube Section 134: Buffalo wings, "loaded" fries, and onion rings are the highlight of the Pennsylvania chain's first location in Canada.
Queen Street Sections 118, 122: Line up for traditional fare: hotdogs, pretzels, nachos.
Shopsy's Deli Section 124: Established in 1921, Shopsy's used to be THE place to grab quality deli eats before a show at the O'Keefe Centre (now Sony Performing Centre For The Arts) but, in recent years, has diminished in prominence. That said, stuck in the Rogers Centre, famished baseball fans could do a lot worse.
Snack Factory Sections 116, 129: No false advertising here.
T.O. Brew House Section 108: Beer, beer, beer, beer.
Tim Hortons Sections 114, 128: Canadians flock to Timmies like ebullient zombies so, you know, follow the line!
12 Bar Sections 215, 216: Beer, plus staples like hot dogs, peanuts and helmet ice cream.
Ballpark Fare Section 228: Beer, souvenir beverages and snacks.
Budweiser Beer Sections 211: Take one guess.
Cold Beer Sections 208, 214, 219, 229, 234: What the name says.
Garrison Creek Foot Long Hot Dogs Section 214: What's a baseball game without a loaded footlong hotdog?
Home Plate Premium Patio and Lounge Sections 223, 224, 225: Peanuts and beer. That is all.
MYM Gourmet Frites Section 220: Chicken fingers, wraps, frites and 'signature poutines'!
Pizza Nova Sections 215, 233: The family-run chain has many fans and it does the trick.
Queen Street Sections 209, 239, 240: Line up for traditional fare: hotdogs, pretzels, nachos.
Sightlines Carvery & Bar Section 200: It's an expensive proposition but many say the view from the outfield is unprecedented, though the food reviews of their all-you-can-eat buffet - a mess of vegetarian pizza, couscous, and prime rib - divides the crowd. Be forewarned, the restaurant sits below the Jumbotron so sometimes even the most intense baseball aficionados lose the plot.
Snack Factory Sections 211, 234: No false advertising here.
TD Comfort Clubhouse Sections 222, 223, 224, 225, 226: This is baseball for the 1%: an exclusive dining experience with prime seats behind home plate.
Touch 'Em All Joe Bar Sections 232, 233: Slam down a cold one and tip your hat to Blue Jay legend Joe Carter.
Arriba Restaurant: Set inside the Renaissance Hotel, Arriba offers swish dining, a brilliant view of the game, and guarantees no sun burn.
Ballpark Fare Sections 512, 533, 534, 536, 539: Beer, souvenir beverages and snacks.
Bud Light Beer Sections 515, 519, 537: The name says it all.
Budweiser Beer Sections 512, 514, 521, 527, 534, 535: Take one guess.
Cold Beer Sections 511, 516, 530, 533: What the name says.
Garrison Creek Foot Long Hot Dogs Sections 520, 528: What's a baseball game without a loaded footlong hotdog?
HogTown Grill Sections 520, 528: Feast on hotdogs, burgers, sandwiches and a 'Mediterranean Platter'?
MYM Gourmet Frites Section 533: Chicken fingers, wraps, frites and 'signature poutines'!
Pizza Nova Sections 509, 523, 524A: The family-run chain has many fans and it does the trick.
Queen Street Sections 519, 520, 528, 529: Line up for traditional fare: hotdogs, pretzels, nachos.
Snack Factory Sections 524A, 524B: No false advertising here.
T.O. Brew House Sections 519, 529, 539: Beer, beer, beer, beer.