Where to Eat and Drink Near Surprise Stadium
Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals: Surprise Stadium
All week long we're sharing suggestions of where to find breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks near each spring training stadium. Have a favorite spot baseball fans should hit? Leave it in the comments.
Go west, baseball fans, waaaay west. The farthest west of the Valley spring training sites (25 miles northwest of Phoenix), fans making the trip will want to do their due diligence to avoid the abundance of chain restaurants in this sprawling suburban city founded in 1938 by Flora Mae Statler, who named it Surprise because she "would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much."
Because of its two major-league tenants, there's a game at Surprise Stadium nearly every day, which means fueling up on local flavor and fun. Don't miss the Surprise BBQ Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Surprise Recreation Complex.
Read on for the eats.
Hole 'n One
Nothing too fancy at this golf-themed breakfast and lunch spot of classic American fare, just a decent meal and service with a smile. Familiar favorites such as corned beef hash and eggs, three-egg omelets, and buttermilk pancakes should do the trick for a pre-game fill-up. And since breakfast is served all day, you can come back for seconds.
Family owned since 1994, this New York-style pizza joint serves its pies thick-cut and piled high with premium toppings. A large menu selection also includes dishes such as salads, hot and cold traditional Italian sandwiches, and pasta plates of spaghetti, lasagna, and baked ziti - all are available for take-out or eating indoors. The lunch specials, like two slices of cheese pizza and a medium soda for under five bucks, beat stadium food anyday.
This cute and cozy neighborhood spot serving traditional Chinese dishes calls its spicy and sweet orange peel chicken and Singapore-style fried rice specialties of the house, but its lunch specials, all under $7 and available every day until 3:30 p.m., make stopping in all the easier. Served with fried rice, the soup of the day, an egg roll, and a crab puff, hungry baseball fans can order up wallet-friendly mid-day deals like sesame and Kung Pao chicken and curry tofu with vegetables. Bonus points for the outdoor patio.