A baseball game is often where managing a waistline becomes a challenge and diets meet their demise.
This month’s season openers for the local Kane County Cougars as well as Chicago’s two pro teams is the perfect time to introduce the latest culinary delights (or gastronomical train wrecks).
It all depends on your perspective and current cholesterol count.
The newest item on the Cougars’ concession menu offers what’s virtually a stand alone meal that doesn’t pretend to be anything but a meat lovers delight.
“The Fatty” will be available starting on April 7 when the Cougars open the 2016 season against the Clinton Lumberjacks at 6:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
Dubbed a “new and improved burger” and “masterpiece” by Cougars chefs, the $12 sandwich starts with a half-pound hamburger patty and is topped with fried egg, jalapeno bacon, Monterey jack cheese, pulled pork, brisket and grilled onions.
The calorie count is not known.
The Cougars’s Hot Corner food stand will also feature multiple infused burgers with flavors such as bacon and cheddar, mushroom and Swiss cheese, as well as asiago with sun dried tomato and basil.
How about a 64-ounce Ultimate Nachos served in a Cougars helmet and featuring taco meat, salsa and jalapeños all covered in nacho cheese. There’s are also Italian sausage and beefs as well as the standard ballpark fare like hotdogs — including the half-pound Ozzie Dog — as well as fries, sodas and peanuts.
No word yet whether the long popular prime rib sandwiches are back.
Health conscious? Don’t worry, the Cougars have got you covered.
The Cougars claim they’ll be the one of the only ballparks in the country with a “gluten-free” food cart. The cart will start with hotdogs, chicken sandwiches, veggies and hummus and selections will expand as the season progresses.
Visits to White Sox and Cubs games will also offer new and traditional dining delights as both teams expect to enjoy strong seasons.
New to U.S. Cellular Field this season are cheesy beefs, a bacon cheddar pretzel dog, tater tots in a mini helmet and topped with nacho cheese and jalapeños and pizzas topped with your choice of barbecue chicken or Italian Beef.
At Wrigley Field, hot dog and sausage lovers will have a choice of 25 different options available throughout the park.
— New burger at Kane Co. Cougars’ games not for the diet conscious —