Sure, a glut of new restaurants and bars have opened in recent years surrounding Wrigley Field, but that doesn’t mean stadium food doesn’t still hold a special allure. The biggest 2019 acquisition may be the new fried and breaded pork tenders Wrigley food vendors will serve fans this season. The Cubs’ home opener is April 8 versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.
These pork tenders come in a bun with pickles, onion, Dijon, lettuce, and tomatoes. If the bread’s too much, customers can lose the bun and get an order embedded with slaw and a condiment that Levy, Wrigley’s concession company, calls “Japanese barbecue sauce.”
Other new items include a beer can chicken sandwich (there’s no word if it’s prepared with an Old Style can) and the Impossible Burger. Like their South Side rivals, the Cubs have adopted the vegan burger patty. The standard configuration includes chipotle-lime aioli, American cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a brioche bun. Get it without cheese and aioli to make it dairy free.
Loaded french fries are a thing across Major League Baseball stadiums this year, as Levy also unveiled some new options for White Sox fans last week. Given the White Sox history against disco, it’s fitting that the Cubs get short rib disco fries (braised beef short rib, roasted-garlic aioli, queso fresco, green onions). Another new highlight is the walking taco — a bag of Fritos corn chips topped with chili con carne, nacho cheese, pico, and pickled jalapeños.
This year, there should more beer, cider, and wine available at Wrigley. Vendors will also serve 24-ounce large domestic draft brews. There’s no word on the cost of the extra-value sized beer. Vinos can also order wine by the bottle serve in a souvenir Cubs carafe with selections from Terlato Wines. The wines are supposed to rotate, even through the postseason — provided the Cubs get there this year.
Head to the Wrigley Field dining guide later in the week for a more in depth look at the Friendly Confines’ food and drink offerings.