If you know me, you know I joke about knowing nothing about sports. Sometimes that's true and sometimes it's not. I generally know the basics, but I really like going to games. Not the type to sit around at home and watch a game alone - typically - but to watch in person is an experience: the atmosphere, the people, the excitement, everything.
Afton and I headed to PNC Park for a Pirates game. Well, she was there for the Reds. But anyway.
The food. There are a bunch of places to eat at PNC. Here is a good place to get the rundown on all the offerings. Little overwhelming, right? So I asked my friends on Twitter and via text - if there's ONE place I should go, where is it?
The results: Manny's BBQ. And second place was Chickie's & Pete's Crab Fries.
It's a bit pricey, with sandwiches hovering around $8/$9, and platters are closer to $10. A large bottle of water will cost you $6.25. I went with the pulled pork pierogie stacker.
Pulled pork with a sweet onion sauce, two pierogies all atop a pretzel bun. It was pretty messy and not pretty to eat, but it wasn't bad. I wish there had been some more sauce to bring it all together because it was pretty dry otherwise. Not bad, though.
And we also went to Chickie's & Pete's for their famous crab fries as a side. There aren't many locations nearby, as they're based in Philadelphia, and they're not in very many stadiums. But they seem to be a popular choice.
The fries are huge and come in at a whopping $10. They're served with crab seasoning and a cup of white cheesey dipping sauce. I can't say I was crazy about these - the seasoning was just overpowering. I felt like I was inhaling it, so we didn't even end up finishing the bucket between the two of us.
They were better in the cheese sauce, but I think I would ask them to go a little lighter on the seasoning next time. Or opt for another place.