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Marlins Park: Teena's Pride, Freshly Shucked Oysters Just the Beginning of the Chow

Tacos from the Miami Mex concession.
Tacos from the Miami Mex concession.
Lee Klein

​The new Marlins Park opens this week, and Levy Restaurants invited me for a food tour. First thought: Centerfield sculpture notwithstanding, the stadium is beautiful. As far as the concession foods go, I arrived at the park rather skeptical. The stuff served at the former Marlins ballpark was awful, even relative to ballpark chow. But that was a different concession company. Jim Abbey, regional executive chef for Levy, set the bar high when asked if the offerings would be on par with the improved menus at ballparks around the nation.

"This is the newest and the greatest. There is nothing out there that compares to this. Nothing."


He went on to mention how meats and produce are coming from Niman Ranch, Harris Ranch, and local farms such as Teena's Pride; how seafood is being caught by fishermen off the Florida coast; and how everything will be prepared fresh.

Timothy Hmay, Marlins Park executive chef, explained that what they're attempting here has never been done. "These aren't concessions stands; they're mini-restaurants. Every single one of our 45 concession stands has a restaurant kitchen in back of them. Everything is prepared fresh. So a burger, when the order comes in, is freshly grilled and put into the bun for the customer. It's not put in a box and held for hours."

When the other journalists exited to the left, I ducked to the right and into the stadium, checking out the vantage point from behind home plate, from each of the dugouts, and then took a stroll into both clubhouses (the Marlins' is a lot nicer). So there are a few nonfood-related photos of the ballpark and clubhouse interspersed with the rest:

Double cheeseburger: short rib, brisket, and chuck.
Double cheeseburger: short rib, brisket, and chuck.
Lee Klein

​That bun is a potato bun and baked by Sedano's Bakery. The burger is culled from brisket, short rib, and chuck. The meat is never given any form of hormones or antibiotics. The price: $8.50 for a single cheeseburger, $9.50 for a double. It comes with American cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce, "vine ripe tomato," and pickle. Yes, that's pricey, but I would rather pay $9.50 for a delicious double cheeseburger (and it was) than $7 or $8 for the crappy one they used to serve at the old place. I'll save the rest of my commentary for an upcoming review of the ballpark food. For now, I'll let the photos do the talking.

House-made vegetarian cheeseburger, with barbecue sauce, $8.
House-made vegetarian cheeseburger, with barbecue sauce, $8.
Lee Klein
Steak sandwich of seared beef tenderloin with bacon and frizzled onions.
Steak sandwich of seared beef tenderloin with bacon and frizzled onions.
Lee Klein
Freshly shucked oysters from Don Camaron at the ballpark. Why not?
Freshly shucked oysters from Don Camaron at the ballpark. Why not?
Lee Klein
Helmet nachos -- served in a Marlins souvenir helmet with house-made chipotle cheese sauce, pico de gallo, sour cream, jalapeños, etc.
Helmet nachos -- served in a Marlins souvenir helmet with house-made chipotle cheese sauce, pico de gallo, sour cream, jalapeños, etc.
Lee Klein

 

Mini-helmet nachos handed out to journalists.
Mini-helmet nachos handed out to journalists.
Lee Klein
Regional executive chef Jim Abbey (left) with Marlins Park executive chef Timothy Hmay.
Regional executive chef Jim Abbey (left) with Marlins Park executive chef Timothy Hmay.

Lee Klein
Eight-inch pie from Sir Pizza, $10. Add a buck for pepperoni.
Eight-inch pie from Sir Pizza, $10. Add a buck for pepperoni.
Lee Klein
Ceviche from Don Camaron.
Ceviche from Don Camaron.
Lee Klein
The Marlins clubhouse. The chairs are very comfy!
The Marlins clubhouse. The chairs are very comfy!
Lee Klein.
Maine lobster roll, with lime and chives, at Metro Grill. Didn't get to taste it because the giant tray of samples was savagely snatched up by the media horde in seconds.
Maine lobster roll, with lime and chives, at Metro Grill. Didn't get to taste it because the giant tray of samples was savagely snatched up by the media horde in seconds.
Lee Klein
Cuban sandwich from Latin American Grill.
Cuban sandwich from Latin American Grill.
Lee Klein
Pan con lechón from Papo Llega y Pon.
Pan con lechón from Papo Llega y Pon.
Lee Klein

 

Workers make sure the glass is clean for opening day.
Workers make sure the glass is clean for opening day.
Lee Klein
Marlins Park: Teena's Pride, Freshly Shucked Oysters Just the Beginning of the Chow
Lee Klein
Kids Shack offering -- apples, carrots, hot dog, ice cream, beverage.
Kids Shack offering -- apples, carrots, hot dog, ice cream, beverage.
Lee Klein
Marlins shrimp burger on torta bread, at Burger 305 concession.
Marlins shrimp burger on torta bread, at Burger 305 concession.
Lee Klein
The overview.
The overview.
Lee Klein
Mahi-mahi tacos with pickled red onions, cilantro slaw, and chipotle aioli from Miami Mex concession.
Mahi-mahi tacos with pickled red onions, cilantro slaw, and chipotle aioli from Miami Mex concession.
Lee Klein

 

Kosher Korner wasn't featured in the tour, but it will serve fat deli sandwiches, homemade knishes, etc.
Kosher Korner wasn't featured in the tour, but it will serve fat deli sandwiches, homemade knishes, etc.
Lee Klein
The beer prices. Ouch, you're hurting me!
The beer prices. Ouch, you're hurting me!
Lee Klein
View from the dugout.
View from the dugout.
Lee Klein
The bench.
The bench.
Lee Klein
Area leading up to the dugout steps.
Area leading up to the dugout steps.
Lee Klein
Play ball!
Play ball!
Lee Klein

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