• Mahi-mahi tacos at Miami Mex and general concessions: Grilled fish with pickled red onions, cilantro-flecked slaw, and chipotle aioli in a soft flour tortilla. Very tasty. Price: $12. Rating: Double.

• Hot dog and SoBe hot dog at Fan Feast and general concessions: A Smithfield Farms beef frankfurter served in a split-top bun for $6, or the SoBe dog with mango slaw, chipotle mayo, and potato sticks for $9. The latter tastes good with all of that stuff on it, but it's not a top-quality hot dog. Rating: Single.

• Miami Marlins Kids Shack snacks: A hot dog, raw baby carrots, a cup of soft-serve ice cream, apple slices with caramel dip, beverages, and more can be purchased here, but kids' meal combos for $3.75 offer a better deal. One such box brings a hot dog, a juice box, and sliced apples. I'm not sold on the supposedly healthy aspect of the meals — a hot dog accompanied by tofu would still be a hot dog — but the idea of a Kids Shack, along with the thoughtfully affordable pricing, is a home run.

Don Camaron's fresh oysters at the park's Taste of Miami area.
Lee Klein
Don Camaron's fresh oysters at the park's Taste of Miami area.

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Marlins Park

1380 NW 6th St.
Miami, FL 33125

Category: Retail

Region: Little Havana

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Marlins Park

305-676-7378
marlins.com

Hot dog $6
Double cheeseburger $9.50
Shrimp burger $13
Domestic beer $8
Ice-cream sandwich $5

• Beers: Presidente, Corona Light, Budweiser, Heineken, and a few other draft brews are available — $8 for domestic, $9 for imported. Ideally, they could have included a craft beer from Florida or even from elsewhere; this is, after all, supposed to be the cutting edge of new ballpark food and drink, and fans take their beers more seriously now than they did in the old days. Plus, even in light of high ballpark beer prices, the cost seems steep. Guess they have to come up with that $102 million for Jose Reyes somehow. Rating: Weak groundout.

• Taste of Miami: Three local restaurants provide specialty items inspired by the city's Hispanic community:

Papo Llega y Pon — chicharrones, tamales, and a passable pan con lechón. Rating: Double.

Don Camaron — fish sandwiches, fresh oysters, seafood fritters, and a very credible ceviche with fresh fish, cilantro, lime juice, tomatoes, red onion, and corn. Rating: Triple.

Latin American Grill — ham croquetas, beef empanadas, plantain chips with garlic sauce, medianoches, and an impeccable Cuban sandwich. Rating: Home run.

• Kosher Korner: This stand wasn't open for the tour, but it will feature fat deli sandwiches (corned beef, pastrami, etc.) sliced per order, along with homemade knishes and other standard kosher deli fare.

• Specialty items from visiting cities: Classic New York street hot dogs will be offered when the Mets or Yanks come to play, tortilla chips and marinara sauce when the St. Louis Cardinals visit, and so forth. Seems like a great idea.

• The Clevelander at Marlins Park: A re-creation of the South Beach party bar is located in left field, just a foot from the outfield grass. It has a full bar; a full menu; in-seat service for more than 100; live entertainment before, during, and after games; and a swimming pool — only the second ballpark in America that can make that claim. Half-pound bacon-wrapped Chicago-style hot dogs and "tater tachos" (nachos on tater tots) look to be the big sellers. It's only fitting that the SoBe scene be represented at the park.

Last pitch: Compared with the stale hot dogs and greasy pretzels at Sun Life Stadium, the ambitious, often delicious food at Marlins Park is pretty close to a grand slam.

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mr. k
mr. k

The food sounds like a huge upgrade but agreed the beer menu is feeble at best. Miami is not a great craft beer town like Portland or Philly with many great local and regional breweries, but why not have at least one high-quality option like Dogfish Head or Bell's available? I wouldn;t be interested in any of the current offerings listed, and I LOVE beer!

 
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