Tropicana Field (between the second and third levels), St. Petersburg, FL | Directions 3370527.734626 -82.632138
One of the coolest places to watch the game and eat. Who needs a TV? – The Name
The architect for Tropicana Field found a way to accommodate hitters by disguising the restaurant behind big panes of green glass. Right behind home plate, the happy result is that when the pitcher fires the ball, hitters can see it just fine, and baseball fans can dine at tables perched directly above the field with a straight-on view. A pretty spectacular setting.
The Batter's Eye interior is a graceful combination of glistening, ochre-colored floor tiles complemented by muted ivory and beige accents. The tables sport real white linen cloths and pretty cloth napkins and black-tied waiters jump to your slightest request. It sure is a classy alternative to hard plastic seats (and mustard dripped on your shirt).
Though the Batter's Eye feels formal, dress is casual as befits its location in a baseball stadium. Along the back wall, big buffet tables are loaded with dozens of dishes. There is a hefty salad bar, a hot veggie section with smashed garlicky potatoes and green beans Almondine. Along with that is a carving station featuring prime rib and roast turkey as well as entrees like chicken Chardonnay, salmon filet with herb sauce or filet mignon, and a pasta station.
Prices are reasonable, and on a typical game night, there are two seatings. (Usually one at 5 pm and the second at 7 pm.) Times vary for games during the day, but the buffet price is usually discounted then.
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