This baseball season, tacos from one of the city’s best taquerias will be available to White Sox fans while they watch their team at Guaranteed Rate Field. Antique Taco has taken over the stadium’s two taco stands on the main concourse. It’s part of a new batch of food offerings the team revealed on Wednesday in preparation for the 2019 season.
Besides those tacos, other menu highlights include hot alcoholic drinks. Boozy hot apple cider is spiked with Fireball and hot chocolate is mixed with Jim Beam whisky and Patrón tequila. Both come served in a souvenir mug. They are available at stands on the main concourse (100 level) and the 500 level on the upper deck.
Vegans also have a new option as the Sox will debut the Impossible Burger (it’s available with cheese for vegetarians). But that’s only available on the club level and in suites. Impossible crumbles are also used in an Asian appetizer combo with pan-fried pot sticker and a fried spring roll. It’s called the “Impossible Asian Appetizer Duo.” This item is exclusive to the suites.
After the success of the stadium’s Irish fries (nachos with French fries instead of chips), the team’s betting hard on loaded french fries with several varieties including Buffalo chicken, chili-cheese, Greek (with gyros meat and feta), and sweet potato fries with Nutella, powdered sugar, chopped pecans, and whipped cream. The fries are available at the Sweet & Savory Stand on the 100 level. Sox fans know that upper deck ticket holders aren’t allowed to come down and roam around the 100 level. Fans will need main concourse tickets if they want these fancy fries.
Last year, the team unveiled a South Side tribute to the horseshoe, the infamous dish from the state’s capital in Springfield. The team didn’t show off any ridiculous offerings for the 2019 season, but there are new items like Nashville hot chicken, bacon-topped popcorn popped in bacon fat, and elote nuggets (corn fitters covered with a cilantro-lime aioli, queso cotija).
This year, the team split its ballpark tour and food preview into two events. That means media didn’t receive an update on the new Goose Island Brewing-branded section above right field. Look for more info next week. In the bar/restaurant that peeks through the right field fence, the Sox will feature beers from 17 new breweries at the newly renamed Goose Island Craft Kave. Expect around 75 beers total to be available there, including 35 to 36 from Chicago-area breweries.
The biggest news is the Sox are finally realizing that many of the city’s top chefs are fans. Top Chef winner Joe Flamm of Spiaggia will work with the team this year. Though he has a restaurant across from Wrigley Field (Dutch & Doc’s), Boka chef Chris Pandel is also a fan of the Pale Hose.
Then there’s Antique Taco chef Rick Ortiz. He’ll have carts on sections 109 and 137 with two tacos: chicken al pastor and “The Air Stream” (smoked brisket, tres queso, grilled onions, cilantro, mustard-like “Beware” sauce).
“It’s good to be home,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz grew up in Bridgeport, and though his first restaurant opened in Wicker Park, Ortiz said he and wife Ashley Ortiz were supposed to debut Antique Taco on the South Side. Ortiz, wearing a White Sox cap, is happy to represent his team.
Stay tuned for more White Sox food coverage around Opening Day.