Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  If you’re coming down to Opening Day at Busch Stadium this Friday, bring your appetite.

If you’re in the mood for a simple ballpark frank or some nachos, of course the Cardinals have you covered.

But Jessica Helms, Sportsservice executive chef, tells KMOX News that they also stand ready to serve those with more exotic or adventurous tastes with new offerings like the Asian Cafe.

“This will be located right inside of Gate One,” Helms says. “It’s chef-attended so you get to walk up and tell the chef what you would like and you have options of beef, chicken or shrimp. You can also do a vegetarian if you would like.”


Craving some home-style cuisine?

Follow your nose to The Carvery at Gate 2, Helms suggests.

She describes it as a build-your-own station featuring marinated turkey or beef sliced right off the bone, then piled high onto fresh-baked bread from St. Louis’ own Fazio’s Bakery on the Hill.

Moving down the concourse, Sliders and Fries in Section 148 is an entirely new concept developed by the Sportservice culinary team.

The you-pick-two menu feature three choices of sandwich meats — braised beef with au jus, pulled chicken with chipotle mayonnaise, and St. Louis-style barbecue pulled pork with grilled onions.

Hand cut french fries come in three varieties – seasoned, garlic and cheese – tossed to order.

And the newly renovated and expanded Coke Island will put a gourmet spin on popcorn.

Popped in-house daily and continuously throughout each game, Coke Island serves flavors that include butter, white cheddar, Cajun and caramel.

After eating your fill of fine food, head on down to the official team store and check out what’s new.

The St. Louis Cardinals will don gold-lettered jerseys and hats to celebrate their 2011 World Series victory in their 2012 home debut Friday.

Gild yourself in gold to match your favorite player with a full range of exclusive Gold Program apparel and accessories.

Also new, the bobblehead depicting World Series MVP David Freese holding the Championship Trophy.

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