For the 2019 season, the White Sox didn’t make a huge splash. The team’s food strategy also isn’t eye popping. There’s no prime example of ridiculous ballpark food like last year’s horseshoe. But fans at Guaranteed Rate Field will see several reliable options that have been upgrade with ingredients like bacon and cheese. It’s a reliable combo.
The South Siders are also figuring out that the team has fans in high places. Rick Ortiz of Antique Taco is supplying tacos at two carts. Joe Flamm of Spiaggia, the Top Chef champ, is working with the team on a project that will be revealed later in the year. The team is better understanding it has culinary assets, it just needs to take advantage.
The biggest change will be the Goose Island, a branded seating section in right field. The home opener isn’t until April 4, so there’s still some time to get construction finished. This guide will be updated over the season. For more on the history of the ballpark, head over to Curbed Chicago.
THE GOOSE ISLAND
The team has totally transformed the right field bleacher area thanks to the Goose Island Brewing. Fans will have access to seating with outlets and cords to charge their mobile devices and 32-inch TVs underneath counters. There’s wait staff who will bring food, like burgers, from the Craft Kave underneath.
On the concourse, there’s a stall that’s shaped like a CTA Red Line car going toward the Sox/35th stop. Servers will pour Goose Island beers from 12 taps including Old Man Grumpy and the 312 family of beers. There’s also an assortment of bottles including Sophie and SPF (made with passion fruit). There’s also an 11-foot fiberglass goose. It was made by a company in St. Charles, Missouri. Coincidentally, that’s the same town where White Sox legend Mark Buehrle was born.
One more note: It’s not a moat, but the section will have be surrounded by water. It’s a call back to water features at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and Chase Field in Arizona.
These are the new items available to the common fan who doesn’t have suite or club seats.
Co-owner Rick Ortiz is a Sox fan, and he and wife Ashley Ortiz have restaurants in Bridgeport and Wicker Park. The Sox have allowed Antique Taco to take over its taco stands bringing creative tacos to fans. They’ll have chicken al pastor and beef brisket tacos.
Sections 109 and 137
Loaded French Fries
2019 is the year when sports stadiums embracing pile on toppings on french fries. After the success of the team’s Irish Nachos (fries with cheese and jalapeños), the Sox have expanded its programs. Buffalo Chicken Fries, Chili and Cheese Fries, Dusted French Fries (seasoned with Caribbean jerk, “Delaware Bay” — like Old Bay but named after the food company — plus garlic, parmesan, salt, pepper, and sriracha ketchup), Greek Fries (with gyros), Irish Fries, Dessert Sweet Potato Fries.
Fried snacks filled with peppers, cheddar, and bacon
Boozy Hot Apple Cider
Served in a souvenir White Sox cup, this spiked apple cider features Monin brown sugar syrup and Fireball whiskey.
Boozy Hot Chocolate
Served in the same souvenir cup, the drink features Monin toasted marshmallow syrup, Patron XO, and Jim Beam.
Sections 144 and 538
Vegetarian friendly, this sandwich comes with Buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and balsamic glaze on a ciabatta roll.
Super Veggie Sandwich
Avocado spread, hummus with spinach, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and pumpkin seeds on wheat. Comes with a bag of Kettle Chips.
Xfinity Zone Carvery in right field
Fritos Top ‘n’ Go
Sox Park is doing its version of a walking taco with a bag of Fritos filled with chili, nacho cheese, and jalapeños.
Nashville Hot Chicken
A fried chicken sandwich served Nashville-style spicy with hot sauce
Beggars Pizza Pub (center field) and Grill Stand (section 544)
Vienna Beef powers this dish with kielbasa with either a loaded-baked potato or onion pierogi with sauerkraut and caramelized onions.
Sections 126 and 534
Midwest Brews, Sections 109, 126, 141, 155, and 530.
Draft Beer Portables, Sections 104, 106, 117, 129, and 133.
REVOLUTION BREWING #SOXSOCIAL TAP ROOM
Section 157. The Sox and Revolution Brewing (which has a brewpub in Logan Square and tap room in Avondale) have teamed up with a space for social media mavens and beer lovers. They’ll have eight taps in this converted private event space.
No need for the movie theater to gorge on a giant-sized popcorn with sea salt, pepper, parmesan.
CRAFT KAVE EXPRESS
Section 542. The Craft Kave debuted in 2017 serving a huge menu of beer and burgers under the right field bleachers. Instead of forcing upper deck ticket holders to walk down the ramps all the way to the ground floor where the original Craft Kave stands, the Sox have created a mini Kave with about 50 different beers.
GRAB ‘N’ GO
Section 142. Never miss an inning by waiting in a long line. They’ll have sweet and salty snacks and healthy options. There’s also beer, juices, and Coca-Cola products.
NEW PREMIUM SEATING BENEFITS
Fans in suites, on the club level and the Diamond and Stadium clubs have exclusive access to these new food items.
Backyard Fire-Roasted Local Sausage Board
Assorted sausages with grilled sweet peppers and onions. Served with giardiniera, hoagie rolls.
Crispy Pork Puffs
Spice-rubbed fried pork skins topped with sour cream, onion with spicy barbecue and chili cheese.
Fire-Roasted Brussel’s Sprouts
Served with bacon and shallots
Impossible Asian Appetizer Duo
The veggie-friendly dish uses Impossible brand meat-free crumbles. Fried pot stickers and egg rolls come together for a crunchy crowd pleaser.
Mozzarella and Heirloom Tomato Board
Tomatoes and grilled veggies served with basil pesto.
Spicy Shrimp Wrap
Fried, tempura-battered shrimp with spicy slaw and a sriracha glaze wrapped in a chipotle tortilla.
Turkey and Brie
A sandwich with turkey, brie, roasted pear, and citrus mayo on a roll.
Bang Bang Chicken Salad
Popcorn chicken with “Bang Bang” sauce, Napa cabbage and soy-ginger vinaigrette
Waffle fries with Chicago-style hot dog toppings
French onion dip, chili, and cheese with tortilla chips
Corn fritters with cilantro-lime aioli, queso cotija, and cayenne pepper
Pork, avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickled onions on a torta bun.
Southern Fried Pork Chop Sandwich
Fried pork chop with caramelized onions, beer mustard, on a Kaiser roll.
Triple Play Burger
The chef calls this a “steakhouse beef blend.” It’s with fried bologna, bacon and a secret sauce. There’s also cheddar sauce on brioche.
The Impossible Burger is available in suites and at the club level. The meat-free patty comes with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheddar.
Here’s a round-up of past club items, which are subject to change:
South Side Horseshoe
The most intriguing new item is an homage to Springfield’s open-faced sandwich. They’ve taken an Italian sausage patty and covered it with giardiniera, fries, and beer cheddar cheese. This comes served on top of a slice of Texas toast. The crisp hand-cut fries make a difference and this item could achieve cult status at Sox Park.
- Buffalo Chicken Empanada
- Hot Chicken Slider
- Knuckle Balls
While Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit doesn’t serve Crazy Bread — the chain’s fresh breadsticks — Sox fans will recognize the flavor profile on these provolone-stuffed bread balls with a pizzaiolo dipping sauce.
- Meatball Sub
- Pozole Salad Bowl
The token healthy-ish option features a mix of cabbage, radish, cilantro, lime, and tortilla strips tossed in a “Guajillo vinaigrette” with some chunks of chicken. The greens were a bit bitter and it’s hard to imagine they won’t wilt in summer’s heat.
Tacos Locos: The Sox continue to have success with cheffy tacos, and now they’re offering steak, chicken and tilapia options. Club level/Stadium Club
Chicken Margherita Sandwich: A grilled chicken breast with mozzarella and pesto aioli stuffed between a tomato focaccia bun. Club level/Stadium Club
Brisket Mac and Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Every year, a stadium comes out with something just ridiculous. This is the Sox’s item: A 16-inch sandwich with 12-hour smoked brisket, Syrah barbecue sauce and mac and cheese. Fans can order it without the brisket, too. Stadium Club
Choco Kebab: An Italian import, instead of slicing meat off a rotisserie, it’s chocolate that’s then stuffed into a pancake. Club level
These are holdovers from past seasons and include ballpark classics and other items that became hits.
Triple Play BBQ Sandwich
Sections 122 and 528 . This sammie mixes three meats: Vienna Beef smoked brisket, barbecue pulled pork, and the aforementioned jalapeño cheddar sausage. It comes with sweet pickles on a Kaiser roll.
Southside Mini Donuts
Sections 155 and 533. It’s a cousin to the beloved churro that’s sold at Sox games. These small bits have the same cinnamon and sugar flavor profile.
Essenti Caramel Praline Ice Cream Bars
Seat Vendors. Who cares about the beer guy when there’s an ice cream bar guy? The bars come from Prairie Farms.
Beggar’s Deep-Dish pizza
Beggar’s Pizza Pub on the right field concourse, Section 163. After debuting in 2016, South Side pizza chain Beggar's returns and this time they're offering their version of deep dish with sausage. In section 163 they have a dine-in area and specialty pies in the center field concourse, including the new deep-dish pizza. Here are the other offerings:
- New for 2018: There’s carved turkey or roast beef sandwiches.
- Fried Caprese Ravioli: Mezzaluna pasta stuffed with an Italian cheese blend, along with tomatoes and basil, then breaded and deep fried.
- Chicken Parmesan Sandwich: Deep-fried, breaded chicken breasts served on a toasted garlic ciabatta roll with mozzarella, marinara and parmesan.
- Barbecue chicken pizza: Beggar's thin-crust pizza with a sweet barbeque sauce, diced chicken and mozzarella.
- Italian Beef and Giardiniera Pizza: Beggar's thin-crust pizza topped with Italian beef and giardiniera.
- Cheese-Filled Bread Sticks: Two 7-inch breadsticks stuffed with cheese and topped with a garlic glaze.
- Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie: A 9-inch freshly-baked chocolate chip cookie.
- Affy Tapple Caramel Apples
Sections 101,105, 144, and 538. These are highly recommended by dentists.
- Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Rods
Sections 101, 105, 144, and 538. Pretzel rods dipped in caramel and chocolate then rolled in sprinkles.
Churro Ice Cream Sandwich
Section 157. A warm churro bun topped with ice cream.
Sections 113 and 528. A Glenmark beef burger with ham, carnitas, pickles, Swiss cheese, yellow mustard, and mojo sauce. It an unusual combo, but just hope the patty isn’t too dry.
Ice Cream Scoops
Section 157. The ballpark won’t just have soft serve anymore. Prairie Farm ice cream scoops come in waffle cones made at the stadium.
Organic Apple Strawberry Frozen Juice Cups
Seat Vendors. Frozen juice cups.
New Encased Meats From Johnsonville Sausages
Section 126 and 535. Ballpark sausages are a tradition, but suffer from consistency. Sometimes they can taste like dry sodium sticks. The Sox spicing things up with a trio of new offerings: The Slurve (cheddar beer bart with caramelized onions, spicy deli mustard), The Change Up (Monterrey jack chicken sausage with salsa fresca), The Cutter (Southwestern chorizo with guacamole and cotija.
Bacon Cheddar Pretzel Dog: All-Star Stands. A Vienna Beef hot dog served on a warm pretzel roll topped with nacho cheese and bacon.
Adult Sno Cones: Sno Cone carts in Sections 158 and 535. Don’t serve this one to Drake LaRoche or any kid. It’s a Snow Cone with choice of syrup and vodka.
Iced Coffee: Sections 105, 144, and 538. This this boring game needs a little jolt? Try the gourmet-roasted coffee that’s sweetened and served over ice.
Tater Tachos: Sections 110, 544. A twist using tater tots served in a mini green Sox helmet.
Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade: Seat vendors and Section 163. Freshly-squeezed and shaken lemonade. Get it spiked with vodka.
Creamery: Section 105. The Creamery serves up gluten-free deserts like creme brûlée cheesecake, plus brown butter and sea salt marshmallow squares, along with gluten-ed sweets like red velvet and peanut butter cupcakes. Soft-serve ice cream's also available. Get those helmet sundaes here.
Maple-glazed Bacon on a Stick: Burger Barn at Sections 113 and 529. Bacon on a stick was such a hit when it was introduced last season that the Sox wanted to improve it by adding a maple glaze.
Fried Pickle Chips: Section 110. Panko breaded and served with a chipotle-ranch sauce.
Garlic Fries: Sections 110 and 544. Kuma's Corner may not have waffle fries, but Sox Park does. Served in a green souvenir helmet.
Chicken Tenders: Sections 122, 140, 260, 524, 544.
Chicago-style hot dogs: Sections 114 and 542. Dragged through the garden with all the appropriate toppings.
Cuban sandwich: Available in suites and 100 level. The Sox have a long tradition of Cuban players, including the late Minnie Minoso. They're not new on the 100 level, but there the sandwiches even share Minoso's Cuban Comet nickname. These pressed hot sandwiches have different bread depending on which level you buy them. The suite level version features roasted pork and ham with Swiss, adorned with sliced dill pickles and whole-grain mustard between toasted French bread.
Pizza burger: Club Level only. Seasoned beef patty with mozzarella cheese and pizza spices, topped with marinara sauce.
Pot Roast sandwich: Stadium Club and club level only. Pot roast with a potato croquet on a brioche roll with mushroom jus.
Elotes/Corn off the Cobb: Sections 127, 142, 104, and 528. Fresh corn topped with an assortment of ingredients including butter, salt and pepper. It's not typical, but quite possibly the best item at The Cell.
Polish/Hot Dogs/Bratwursts: 100 and 500 levels. Everyone loves the hot dog man or woman who brings fans food while they're enjoying the game, but the truth is the sausages prepared on the grill and topped with fresh onions or sauerkraut are vastly superior. It's worth the effort.
Irish Nacho Helmet: Sections 260, 544. Another item in a helmet. Waffle fries covered with cheese sauce, sour cream, and chives.
Turkey Burgers: Sections 122, 140, 524, 544
Garden Burger: Sections 140, 260, 524, 544
Beggar's Pizza: Sections 122, 155, 163 (PIZZA PUB!) and 522. Beggar's is the official pizza of the White Sox. Not some store-bought brand like some other Chicago sports teams use.
Burger Barn: Sections 113 and 529. Trying their best at the upscale burger concept, this cart also slings turkey burgers.
Buona Beef: Sections 120, 149, and 531. The official beef of the White Sox.
Funnel Cake: Sections 155 and 533. Funnel cake isn't just for carnivals, despite what the White Sox record's been the last couple years.
Cuban Sandwiches: Section 148. The pressed sandwich represents the Sox’s Cuban connection with players like Minnie Minoso, Jose Contreras, Jose Abreu, and Yoan Moncada.
Churros: Sections 104, 127, 135, and 524. A sweet treat and ballpark tradition.
TexMex: Sections 529. Build your own burrito or nacho helmet. Keep the helmet.
Dippin' Dots: Sections 107, 136, 156, and 516. It's OK to play with your food. You're at the ballgame.
Vegetarian options: All levels. Quesadillas and veggie burgers and dogs are options.
Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls: Egg rolls stuffed with spicy chicken, carrots and celery with a side of ranch.
Colossal Chocolate Chunk Cookie Sundae: Two giant cookies stuffed with vanilla ice cream and topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce and chocolate syrup.
Rueben Sub: Corned beef, Swiss, sauerkraut and Thousand Island on a rye hoagie roll.
Shrimp Po Boy: House-made tempura fried shrimp piled high on a toasted split top bun with siracha mayo, lettuce and tomato.
Both Club Level and Stadium Club
Taco Carne Asada: Marinated steak on corn tortillas with cilantro, onions, spicy salsa and lime.
Taco Pollo Asado: Smoked-chicken mixed with pickled red onion, salsa verde, queso fresco and cilantro.
Arugula Caprese Salad: Arugula, mozzarella, tomato and red onion tossed in a pesto dressing.
Carnitas: Pulled pork simmered in tomatillo salsa with rice, spicy avocado salsa, cowboy caviar, limes and corn tortillas.
GET OUT OF YOUR SEAT
The Cell has a few special spots fans can dine or drink, opposed to staying in your ticketed-seat the entire game.
ChiSox Bar & Grill: Gate 5. It's the second year of this venue's existence. Special cocktails, like the ChiSox Mule, and food served by the Gibsons Restaurant Group, make this an ideal place to meet before the game. Jalapeño-cheddar hush puppies and smoked brisket nachos are some of the highlights.
Xfinity Zone Bar and Carvery: Section 112. What do you mean you don't know what a carving station is? Find out by ordering a sandwich here.
Beggar's Pizza Pub: Section 163. See above.
Casa Modelo Bar: The party deck above the left field concourse has been renamed. It’s not quite ready for fans, but here’s a rendering.
It’s more of a change in philosophy than a remodeled space down in the bowels of the stadium at the Craft Kave, the former Bullpen Sports Bar. Yes, there are several walk-up coolers full of craft beer cans.
Fans will find more than 90 craft brews with 36 new options from 17 breweries. They also serve burgers named after White Sox players.
The Sox remade a space on the third base side of home plate and created a new private party room for groups up to 25. Prices range from $4,000 to $6,000, depending on food packages. They range from hot dogs and Italian beef to a nachos bar or sausage sampler.