It’s hard to convince anyone going to a St. Paul Saints game to wait to eat until they get to CHS Field when it’s in the hottest dining neighborhood in the Twin Cities. Lowertown St. Paul is overflowing with good sit-down dining (Heartland, Saint Dinette, Handsome Hog), more casual eateries (Ox Cart Ale House, Dark Horse, Big River Pizza), and plenty of decent options for drinks and snacks in between (Barrio, Bulldog, PUBLIC, et al).
The new food offered at CHS Field for 2016 represents a patient upgrade from the previous season’s fare, but still not much to dissuade us from eating just outside the stadium gates. There’s some new heat on the menu (Dragon Burger with ghost pepper cream cheese, kimchi dog), and the official Pronto Pup makes its debut, but the balance of the entrees rarely rises from concession to crave-worthy.Here’s our advice: Eat on the town, and hit CHS Field for a beer and dessert. The always excellent Snuffy’s Malt Shop returns for a second season. The Minneapple Pie is a sure-fire winner (and the Funnel Cake Fries are doughy little churros that we really like, despite our better judgement). And new this season are the terrific ice cream sandwiches from Des Moines-based Thelma’s (they’ve recently been added by Lunds & Byerly’s and Kowalski’s, so be on the lookout in the freezer aisle, as well.) And as for that drink, might we suggest checking out the Beer Dabbler Craft Beer Corner?
The Saints are coming off a stunning 2015 season, in which they garnered a 74-26 record and a North Division title. They open the season on Thursday, May 19 at home against the Gary SouthShore Railcats.