What to eat at Canal Park

The BallParkGuide.com What to eat at Canal Park
by Malcolm MacMillan
  • Extreme eats highlight Canal Park's menu
  • Feeling brave? Tackle the 3 Dog Night or Nice 2 Meat You Burger
The 3 Dog Night, shown with a baseball to show perspective, is one of Canal Park's notable eats .

Any list of extreme eats across the minor leagues should include a mention of Akron’s Canal Park. The ballpark is known for not just one, but a handful of famous (or is it infamous?) concession items guaranteed to test even the most experienced of eaters. Perhaps most notable is the 3 Dog Night, which could also go by the alter ego of “Father of All Hot Dogs.” This hefty item consists of a standard hot dog stuffed inside a bratwurst stuffed inside a kielbasa, served on an enormous bun and topped with sauerkraut and stadium mustard. Yep, you heard that right. The 3 Dog Night is possible to undertake on your own, but don’t be afraid to ask for help from a friend.

If the 3 Dog Night doesn’t whet your whistle, consider the Nice 2 Meat You Burger. It’s a 1 ¼-pound beef burger stuffed with a half-pound hot dog and a quarter-pound of bacon, as well as hefty portions of cheese and onions. Tackle this monster and you’ll have bragging rights over your friends – just don’t make the mistake of telling your cardiologist.

For a dessert to finish up your meal, check out The Screamer. Served inside a full-sized RubberDucks batting helmet, this dairy delight tips the scales at five pounds. It’s made up of 21 scoops of ice cream, a one-pound brownie, four whole bananas, hot fudge and sprinkles. And, hey, you get a helmet, too!

Of course, your visit to Canal Park doesn’t have to include one of these extreme adventures. The ballpark has an impressive selection of standard food items spread across a number of unique concession stands. Godfather’s Kitchen sells pizza, sausages, pizza pretzels and panini sandwiches. The Dawg Pound sells not only the Eighth Wonder of the World Dog, a half-pound, 14-inch hot dog loaded with toppings, but also sausages and kosher dogs. If you’re thirsty, hit up the Bier Garten for a good selection of draft beer or Jobu’s Voodoo Lounge for mixed drinks, wine, hard slushies and soda. Standard ballpark fare – peanuts, nachos and popcorn – are sold at stands throughout the park.

I’m unashamed to admit I attempted the 3 Dog Night in Akron in May of 2013. “Attempted,” rather than “completed,” is the key word here. I found this extreme item just too much to handle, and raised my proverbial white flag partway through. I probably wouldn’t tackle it again, but I’d recommend it for ballpark visitors who enjoy an eating challenge. As the saying goes, do it for the story.