Summer is here and baseball is in full swing. And Southern California is blessed with three Major League teams. Today, I want to give a little love to the Angels (and they sure need it!). If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the Big A, it’s time to return. The team might not be as good as in years’ past but the food sure is better.
There was a time not so long ago when the food options were much more limited. I’m talking about hot dogs, personal pizzas and other artery-cloggers. Don’t get me wrong, I like the bad cholesterol now and then, but I’m happy to see that healthier options, no less tasty, have also sprung up. Muscle Maker Grill, for instance, makes heart-friendly versions of classics, using grass-fed beef and all-natural chicken, and offer vegetarian, low-carb and gluten-free options, like the lean ground turkey chili with red beans, reduced-fat cheddar, salsa and fat-free sour cream over brown rice.
In the same vendor stand in the terrace of the right-field pavilion is Fresca’s Mexican Grill, serving Mexican street food with a nod to your health. The Killer B burrito can be made with steak or chicken, and is made to your specifications with rice, black beans, sour cream, guacamole and salsa fresca. Nachos are also served up with whatever toppings you want.
For many people, Anaheim seems like the far end of the world, and you are skeptical about the parking situation. Good news, Amtrak runs directly from Union Station to the stadium, and runs about $30 round-trip and will allow you to enjoy more beer — even on the way down. Uber is another beer-friendly means of transportation and if you avoid surge pricing, is pretty reasonable, especially when split between a few friends. But if you do choose to drive, the parking is both easy and affordable at $10.
The Angels likely won’t be playing in the postseason, so the clock is ticking…
Scott Bridges is an L.A.-based journalist who has worked as a police-beat reporter, a community newspaper editor, and a food and travel writer. He currently works as a freelance writer, contributing to The Huffington Post and Bizjournals.com, among other sites. He is a native Californian who lives on the Westside.