Swing for the fences
Ballpark food is elevated from foul ball to home run.
Pizza is popular at Elgin Park. It is prepared New Haven-style with red sauce and a thin, oblong-shaped crust.
Long gone are the days when your choices for ballpark food consisted of hot dogs or popcorn.
Those are still there, thankfully, but our options for what to eat before, during and after a Drillers or Roughnecks game have been hit out of the park.
ONEOK Field has continued to impress — with more options for food and drink — since the downtown stadium opened in 2010. And, bars and restaurants outside the field make sure all your dining bases are covered.
At the start of the Drillers season, fans packed the new Elgin Park, where overhead doors are open wide in nice weather.
Elgin Park’s location, directly across from the ball field, makes it feel like it has always been there. Big, open tables and booths, a spacious bar and lots of TVs invite diners to hang out without being rushed. And many do. Some come an hour before a Drillers game, having drinks before heading across the street. Others come after the game for pizza and beer.
Pizza is the star of Elgin Park’s menu. You might notice some slight differences with this New Haven-style pizza. Here, the red sauce is fresh tasting, with a sprinkle of Italian spices. The dough itself is light, making it easy to eat two or three slices without noticing.
The New Haven traditional pizza ($13-$20) comes with red sauce, garlic, oregano and pecorino cheese. No mozzarella cheese. It’s definitely worth a try.
The white potato pizza ($14-$23) is another specialty that has become a favorite of Elgin Park regulars. Crust is topped with sliced potato, pecorino, rosemary and onion. Those four simple ingredients come together in a unique and tasty pizza.
Also popular are Elgin Park’s sandwiches, especially the sausage and peppers hoagie ($12) with Italian sausage, bell peppers, onion and provolone.
In addition, Chef Trevor Tack has created a great brunch menu with more than your average fare. Highlights are the breakfast corndogs, served with chipotle maple syrup, and Hot Mess Fries, covered in gravy, cheddar cheese, bacon and a fried egg.
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Even with a vast number of food and beverage stands and carts, hot dogs and beers remain the go-tos at Drillers games.
To add variety, you’ll find a rotating menu of specialty hot dogs, including two new ones this year: the Flaming Hot Cheetos dog ($6) and a chicken curry dog ($6). And if it’s beer you want, choose from dozens, including at least 20 from local breweries.
But the thing Cody Malone, director of food and beverage for the Tulsa Drillers and Tulsa Roughnecks, is most excited about this year is the new Busch Scoreboard Bar, with 75 barstools and 10 TVs. The outfield bar keeps fans around long after the game is over with live music, food and drinks.
Malone says just as many people come to minor league games to eat and drink as to watch the game. With that in mind, ONEOK Field does not skimp on the menu.
In the past few years, the ballpark has twice been named to PETA’s list of top vegan-friendly minor league stadiums. Vegetarians and vegans can find lots of options, including quesadillas, fruit, wraps, hummus, tabouli, veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs at the Farmers’ Market cart.
Or check out the barbecue cart with smoked pulled pork and chopped brisket and made-from-scratch sauce. Malone says the park’s barbecue is a good option for those on gluten-free diets since even the sauce is gluten-free.
201 N. Elgin Ave.
Lefty’s on Greenwood
On days when there’s no baseball or soccer game, Lefty’s has the vibe of a casual neighborhood restaurant.
But on game days, it’s a full house, with crowds gathered at the bar ordering beers, burgers and Lefty’s much-loved seasoned waffle fries ($2).
Lefty’s has a good variety of burgers, including a chili and ghost pepper burger ($9.99), a black bean burger ($9.49) and a West Coast burger with avocado and spicy mayo ($9.49).
Lefty’s has live music four nights a week and has a fully stocked bar serving local favorites, like Prairie Artisan Ales.
10 N. Greenwood Ave. | 918-794-0017
Restaurants within walking distance of the ballpark are easy to find. Choose anything from sit-down meals to walk-up counters to food trucks.
Fat Guy’s has been a fixture for ballpark fans since the stadium opened. Located just east of the stadium, the Greenwood restaurant is a great place for big burgers, bags of hand-cut fries and interesting dipping sauces.
The Rusty Crane
The Rusty Crane has a delightful patio to the west of the ballpark, where diners can hear the sounds of the game and watch the fireworks displays on Friday game nights. Food here is better than your average bar food, with shareable dishes like the Pork Nachos Libre ($11): tortilla chips piled with pulled pork, queso, jalapeños, bacon, cheese, black beans, barbecue sauce and ranch dressing.