To me, watching the Chicago White Sox' introduction of new menu items is like going to the Chicago Auto Show. My actual shopping habits are basic, but it's still worth looking.
And I suppose that makes the rib helmet the concept car of ballpark foods.
RIB HELMET! These ribs are served in a souvenir batting helmet with fries, coleslaw and corn bread. pic.twitter.com/jvX65yY7yU— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 2, 2015
The Sox are no strangers to humbling the batting helmet for purposes of serving edibles. They started by using it to hold nachos, then took it up a notch with a three-pound, 12-scoop banana split. Then again, chips and ice cream scoops are types of foods usually found in bowls.
But ribs? Ribs don't go in bowls! But there they are, sitting right in a damn batting helmet with coleslaw and corn bread. They're calling it the rib bucket, but everybody's calling it a rib helmet, as they should.
Somewhat counterintuitively but also not, it's only available in the more exclusive sections -- the club level, Diamond Suites or Stadium Club -- along with other less ambitious items such as:
What a country.
The basic lower- or upper-level seats have their own new offerings -- less gluttonous, but perhaps more feasible to actually enjoying within the confines of a seat.
How about some Gourmet Grilled Cheese? Located this season at sections 110 and 544. pic.twitter.com/geCeySVRgm— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 2, 2015
You asked, we listened! Get 35th Street Tacos at the ballpark this season. pic.twitter.com/QKoHByKOBS— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 2, 2015
Last year the White Sox started selling bacon-on-a-stick. This year it's maple glazed. https://t.co/w2ZKp2QVSW— Kevin Pang (@pang) April 2, 2015
Two new sides at The Cell: Panko fried pickles and garlic waffle fries #whitesox https://t.co/naF7s6bd9Z— Kevin Pang (@pang) April 2, 2015
Best for last? Check out these desserts. pic.twitter.com/E4TbO7veox— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 2, 2015
Then there's also a grilled chicken caesar wrap, which ... rib helmet.
Update on new draft beer offerings at The Cell for 2015: + Big Eddy’s Russian Imperial Stout + Smith & Forge Cider + Blue Moon White IPA— Kevin Pang (@pang) April 2, 2015
3 more new draft beers at The Cell in 2015: + Coors Banquet + Leinenkugel India Pale Lager + Pollyanna Full Lemonty— Kevin Pang (@pang) April 2, 2015
New packaged beer at The Cell for 2015 include: + Founders Porter + Leine Grapefruit Shandy + Coors Radler Can— Kevin Pang (@pang) April 2, 2015