The dome is open, the Jays are in first place—and you’re watching from the third-base line with stale, salty popcorn. There’s no need for that, baseball fan, since the Rogers Centre allows outside food. Before the first pitch, stock up at these nearby places.
1. Pastries and cookies from Bar Buca
Back in the 1940s, Yankee Phil Rizzuto ate cannoli between innings, which is all the excuse you need to load up on Bar Buca’s delicate pistachio-orange variety. The tasty cookies and biscotti here are packed in boxes for ease of transport.
$0.25–$2.75. 75 Portland St., 416-599-2822.
Distance to the dome: 1 km.
2. Fish basket from The One That Got Away
This hefty mix of fried shrimp, haddock, scallops, calamari, fries, and slaw will keep your fingers busy for at least the first two innings. Also: Should you drop a scallop while attempting to catch a foul ball, there’ll be plenty of fish left in the box.
$15.99. 581 King St. W., 647-351-6153.
Distance to the dome 1.1 km.
3. The Big Tempeh with kale from The P&L Burger
P&L Burger’s meatless option has two slabs of tempeh covered in cheese, lettuce, onions, tomato, pickles, and burger sauce. Okay, so it’s not the healthiest vegetarian fare, but a kale bun makes this burger gluten-free.
$9, or $3 extra with fries and a pop. 507 Queen St. W., 416-603-9919
Distance to the dome 1.2 km.
4. All-Star salad from Fresh on Spadina
This non-fried option packed with protein—as well as greens more vibrant than the Astroturf—will provide enough energy to get through extra innings. Kale, goji berries, toasted nuts, sweet potato, sunflower sprouts and tofu top a bed of quinoa and adzuki beans.
$13. 147 Spadina Ave., 416-599-4442.
Distance to the dome 1 km.
5. Original grilled cheese from Cheesewerks
You could make your own at home, but would it still be as warm and gooey as this smoked-cheddar guy by the time you get to the 500s?
$8.95, plus $0.75 for ketchup. 56 Bathurst St., 416-243-3327.
Distance to the dome: 1.2 km
6.Falafel sandwiches from Rose City Kitchen
Add chicken to the RCK Original (hummus, tabbouleh, home fries, carrots, lettuce, garlic oil, cherry-harissa dressing) or try the Egyptian (eggplant, red onions, chickpeas, dates, cabbage, lemon juice, garlic oil) with falafel.
$5. 406 Queen St. W., 416-603-8102.
Distance to the dome: 1.1 km.
7. Torta Caribena and guacamole and chips from Milagro Cantina
Milagro’s takeout menu has ample handheld options, but owner Arturo Anhalt suggests the torta, a sandwich eaten at pretty much every football match in Mexico. Juicy pork confit is layered with oaxaca cheese and habanero crema, which gets a sweet tang from all the slaw stuffed inside the crusty bread. Order with a side of chunky guac to share with friends.
$14.50 for sandwich; $8.50 for a half order of guac and chips, $12 for a full order. 5 Mercer St., 416-850-2855.
Distance to the dome: 550 m.