New eats at PNC Park

Written by Gretchen McKay on

PNC Park - The Closer

The promise of another winning season isn't the only thing Pittsburgh Pirates fans have to look forward to on March 31.

When the Bucs take on the Chicago Cubs on opening day Monday at PNC Park, ticket-holders will have several new general-concession choices, the most exciting of which may be gourmet burgers and shakes from one of Pittsburgh's top high-end burger bars.

BRGR, which has locations in East Liberty and Cranberry, will have a stand high above home plate in Section 115. Its menu will feature four gourmet burgers, along with the restaurant's signature cole slaw and fries tossed with parmesan and herbs. Prices will range from $11.75 - $12.25 and choices include the popular Shrooms (forest mushrooms, caramelized onions and brie), Fire in the Hole (guacamole, jalapenos, pepper jack cheese) and California Lovin' (ground turkey with provolone and pesto mayo) burgers. Exclusive to the park's menu is the  Abso-Bac'n-lutely Burger, which we're guessing involves something amazing with bacon. brgr

Thirsty? The BRGR stand also will feature Salty Caramel, Strawberry Fields, Vanilla Bean and Dark Chocolate handmade shakes ($9), available via a "shake express line" if you don't want to stand in line with the meat eaters.

New menu items being offered by Pirates food-service partner Aramark, led by Executive Chef Dave Artiano, include a whopper of sandwich named for the guy whose job it is to get the final outs in a close game. The Closer grilled cheese sammie ($14.50, pictured at top) will feature not two but four slices of thick-cut sourdough bread, along with nine different cheeses. Heart still beating? Add candied bacon and a leek-and-Granny Smith apple compote to the mix.

Also new for big appetites is something called Tatchos  (pictured below)  -- sea salt-seasoned tater tots smothered with chili, spicy nacho cheese and green onions. Plus a side of sour cream. Not sure yet on the price.

Seafood lovers for the first time can enjoy a Lobster BLT made with Maine lobster claws and knuckle meat and thick-cut slab bacon on a toasted brioche bun, while chicken aficianados can carry back to their seats the Smokey BBQ Chicken Sandwich. The Salumetti Misti includes a selection of cured capicola, mortadella, salami and prosciutto on a bed of baby field greens, roasted red pepper and provolone. 

PNC Park - TatchosSo as to not forget about those of us who like our veggies, Aramark has also added to its menu a Veggie Stuffed Pita (roasted garlic chickpea puree with veggies inside a grilled pita bread) and Smoked Tomato Risotto that folds smoked San Marzano tomatoes and parmesan into long-grain Italian rice. It will be served with broccolini and asparagus.

Nope, we don't have prices yet on those either, nor details on where in the ballpark the items will be served.

Also new to the lineup is a 12-ounce, porcini-crusted sirloin steak; pork schnitzel sandwich; duck confit grilled cheese on Texas toast; and lobster mac-and-cheese. For dessert, there will be individual Oreo-crusted cheesecake topped with seasonal berry coulis and Coke ice cream floats at North Shore Refreshment locations (Sections 123, 307, 328). 

For kids 10 and under (and their parents who are trying to eat on the cheap), the Junior Pirates menu will include sides of fries or cinnamon-sugar pretzel bites. 

Not new but worth noting for beer lovers: Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club in left field will once again have a selection of craft beers on tap, including its locally brewed Babbling Blonde, Maxwell's Scottish Ale, Old Wylie's IPA and Hala Kahiki. It's open to all ticket-holders two hours before each game's first pitch.

We'll continue to update this list with prices/locations as the info comes in.

Go Bucs!

Aramark and BRGR photos

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