Food Paradise: Best Buns

Sticky buns, juicy cheeseburgers, creamy lobster rolls, Italian subs and more. We're featuring the most delicious and mouthwatering food products stuck between 2 buns.

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Peanuts are a classic ball park snack. Watching a baseball game isn't complete unless you're cracking some nuts. 960 1280

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If you're going for simple and not too messy at the ballpark, then a bag of hot and buttery popcorn is just the ticket. 960 1280

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Caramel corn has been a ballpark staple since your parents were young, and it's still just as good today. 960 1280

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The classic hot dog. An iconic staple of ballpark food. 960 1280

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The hot dog may be a ballpark classic, but it's still pretty tough to beat a good burger. 960 1280

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Pulled-pork sandwiches have become a hit at major-and minor-league baseball stadiums across the US. Citi Field (New York Mets), Nationals Park (Washington Nationals) and Camden Yards (Baltimore Oriole's) are just some of the baseball stadiums that serve these savory treats. 960 1280

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Pizza has become another popular game-day nosh. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, AZ, the spring-training home of the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, serves pizza by the slice at the new gourmet pizza bar. 960 1280

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The half-smoke, a half-pork and half-beef hot dog that's smoked to perfection, is a popular item on the menu at Ben's Chili Bowl of Washington, DC. And because of its fame, the half-smoke is now served at the concession stands at Nationals Park, home to the Washington Nationals. 960 1280

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In addition to their famous half-smoke, Ben's chili topped with cheddar cheese is another must. But wait ' have you heard about the half-smoke topped with chili and cheese? Out-of-this-world good. 960 1280

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Cheesy nachos, piled high with beef, refried beans, salsa, guacamole and sour cream make for a messy but downright delicious snack at the baseball stadium or anywhere else. 960 1280

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For a Seattle Mariners fan, there is nothing better than Ivar's clam chowder. Ivar's Seafood Restaurants began on Seattle's waterfront in 1938, and today they also sell their popular chowder at several stadiums and arenas in Washington State, including Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners) and Husky Stadium (University of Washington). 960 1280

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Some baseball stadiums are perfecting the classics like hot dogs, burgers and pizza, while others are adding a variety of new dishes to their menu, including crunchy fish tacos. What's not to love? Check out these delicacies at Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego Chargers), Petco Park (San Diego Padres) and Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners). 960 1280

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Sometimes nothing beats a soft, salty pretzel dipped in hot mustard. Mmm. 960 1280

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The Pittsburgher sandwich is one of Primanti Bros' signature items and is available at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, home of the Pirates. All of Primanti's sandwiches include provolone cheese, topped with fresh-cut french fries, coleslaw and 2 tomato slices ' all on fresh Italian bread. 960 1280

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On a hot summer day at the ballpark, sometimes the only thing that will do is ice cream on a stick. 960 1280

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For all the beer lovers out there, a day at the ballpark wouldn't be complete without an ice-cold brew. Please drive responsibly. 960 1280

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concession stands

concession stands

First stop at the Colorado State Fair: the concession stands where you’ll find deep-fried items like Oreos, cheesecake and peanut butter. 960 1280

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chocolate covered bacon

chocolate covered bacon

Who doesn't love chocolate? What about bacon dipped in chocolate? Get some at the Famous Dave's stand at the Minnesota State Fair. 960 1280

  

little girl eats ice cream

little girl eats ice cream

A young girl enjoying her sweet corn ice cream from the Blue Moon Dine In Theater at the Minnesota State Fair. 960 1280

  

cream puffs

cream puffs

One of the main attractions at the Wisconsin State Fair: freshly made cream puffs on a tray from the Original Cream Puff Pavilion. 960 1280

  

Fried bubblegum

Fried bubblegum

Fried bubblegum, a 2011 Big Tex Award winner for most creative food item at the Texas State Fair. 960 1280

  

grill

grill

Delicious! The grill at Juicy's stand at the Arizona State Fair. 960 1280

  

maggots on a sandwich

maggots on a sandwich

Feeling brave? Try a "maggot melt" sandwich at Jungle George’s food concession stand at the Colorado State Fair. 960 1280

  

Close-up of Nutty Bar ice cream

Close-up of Nutty Bar ice cream

Nutty Bar, an Iowa State Fair tradition. Classic vanilla ice cream on a stick dipped in chocolate and covered with nuts. Try one at the Oasis Concessions. 960 1280

  

Sign for baked chocolate chip cookies

Sign for baked chocolate chip cookies

Minnesota State Fair goers line up at Sweet Martha's Cookies for freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. A state fair tradition. 960 1280

  

Close-up of Belgian waffles

Close-up of Belgian waffles

Belgian waffles waiting to be dressed at the Belgian Waffles stand at the State Fair of Texas. 960 1280

  

Cardinali's Woodfire Pizza stand is "home of the world’s largest fair food," at the Arizona State Fair. 960 1280

  

6-foot pizza

6-foot pizza

Cardinali's pizza -- the giant 6-foot pizza is shown off by Cardinali's owners and employees at the Arizona State Fair. 960 1280

  

hot beef sundae

hot beef sundae

Cattlemen’s Beef Quarter's hot beef sundae is one of the star food items at the Iowa State Fair. 960 1280

  

prepared ribs

prepared ribs

Pounds of ribs are prepped for smoking at Famous Dave's at the Minnesota State Fair. 960 1280

  

brownies

brownies

Blue ribbon brownies, another decadent treat baked at the Original Cream Puff Pavilion at the Wisconsin State Fair. 960 1280

  

10. Grilled Caesar Salad, California State Fair

10. Grilled Caesar Salad, California State Fair

Who said fairs only do food that’s crummy for you? Leave it to the Californians to give us some healthy fair foods like grilled Caesar salads and peaches with cottage cheese. That being said news of the Big Beef Rib (24-ounce steak on a 17-inch cow’s rib) has traveled all the way to me in Minnesota … gotta try that next time!California State Fair1600 Exposition Blvd Sacramento CA 95815 960 1280

  

9. Cream Puffs, Wisconsin State Fair

9. Cream Puffs, Wisconsin State Fair

It's said that the Original Cream Puffs are the essential food at 'Sconnie's state celebration. How can you argue with a mountain of sweet cream and sandwich it between a puff shell? You can’t. I implore you to also eat a brat or 2 along with some cheese curds. ’Cause hey you're in Wisconsin!Wisconsin State Fair640 S 84th St West Allis WI 53214 960 1280

  

8. Fried EVERYTHING, State Fair of Texas

8. Fried EVERYTHING, State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is the largest state fair in the US when measured by annual attendance. When it comes to foods it’s all about the deep fryer. There’s deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches fried cookie dough fried peach cobbler on a stick zesty fried guacamole bites deep-fried lattes fried chili Frito burrito fried hot dogs chicken fried bacon fried banana split fried grilled cheese sandwiches ... I could list about 100 more but I am getting queasy just writing this down. State Fair of Texas, 3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dallas TX 75210 960 1280

  

7. Sweet Martha's Cookies: MN State Fair

7. Sweet Martha's Cookies: MN State Fair

I think I remember Martha telling me they make a million cookies every day of the fair. This is a fair must and one of those food experiences that cannot be accurately replicated at home even if their dough is available for purchase in your grocer?s freezer. Few things can beat piping hot messy chocolate chip cookies served with an enormous glass of milk. Martha (yes Sweet Martha is a real person) I adore you!Minnesota State Fair1265 Snelling Ave N St. Paul MN 55108 960 1280

  

6. BBQ Chicken, Arizona State Fair

6. BBQ Chicken, Arizona State Fair

I am a self-proclaimed BBQ snob and was pleasantly surprised at the caliber of 'cue at the Arizona State Fair. From drummies and ribs to sliders and pizza (that only kind of counts) I'm a fan.Arizona State Fair1826 W McDowell Rd Phoenix AZ 85007 960 1280

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5. Kiwanis Strawberry Malt, MN State Fair

5. Kiwanis Strawberry Malt, MN State Fair

There are a lot of great dairy items at the great Minnesota Get-Together (hello, we carve our fair princesses out of butter). My favorite is the little stand run by the Kiwanis ladies adjacent to the Fine Arts building. I have a hard time picking among chocolate, strawberry or vanilla … so I like to go with friends and order all 3. I’m not sure if this is actually the very best malt at the fair, but it’s been around since 1969 and I think they still employ some of the original folks. It's just a warm, fuzzy kind of place. 960 1280

  

4. The Original Deep-Fried Cheese Curds, MN State Fair

4. The Original Deep-Fried Cheese Curds, MN State Fair

All curds are not created equal. Trust me, I have tried them all. My go-to MN State Fair cheese curd purveyor has gotta be The Original. Look for the bright yellow sign with the long, fast moving line. 960 1280

  

3. Navajo Tacos, Arizona State Fair

3. Navajo Tacos, Arizona State Fair

Think of this as a culinary lesson in cultural hybrids -- traditional Navajo fry bread smothered in taco stuff, like ground beef, lettuce, cheese, beans and tomatoes. It's fantastic, and you can't really find it anywhere else. 960 1280

  

2. Gizmo, Iowa State Fair

2. Gizmo, Iowa State Fair

If I could pick only one state fair food this would be it: ground beef and Italian sausage smothered in their secret sauce and seasonings covered with melted mozzarella cheese and served on a delicious toasted Italian roll. It?s like an Italian sandwich torpedo. I?m lucky enough that these guys hit both the Iowa and Minnesota state fairs so sometimes I get to eat them twice a year.Iowa State Fair3000 E Grand Ave Des Moines IA 50317 960 1280

Jaimie Duplass  

1. About a Foot-long Hot Dog, MN State Fair

1. About a Foot-long Hot Dog, MN State Fair

I love the classics, and it just doesn't get better than this one. I think this stand has literally been at the fair since the Stone Age and simply put, they do a hot dog better than anyone else. 960 1280

Henrik Freek