Many professional baseball players own restaurants. Former players and those currently in the bigs market themselves further by opening restaurants. These eateries are usually opened in baseball player's hometown. Many of the former baseball players make have a presence at the restaurant so it is possible to catch a glimpse of or have a conversation with one of your favorite players.
Ryan Braun, Ryan Braun's Tavern and Grill
Ryan Braun is an All-Star outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers. His restaurant is located in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The restaurant offers a lunch, dinner and gluten free menu. Each menu contains typical bar and grill fare and the location is very appealing to the eye. Braun is known to have his hand in many pies, accepting numerous endorsements and involving himself in a clothing line as well.
Is it any good?
Based on 39 reviews compiled from Google, Trip Advisor, and Urban Spoon Braun's restaurant is above average. Approximately one-third of the reviews were very low and complained of poor service. Most of the reviews reported positively on the food itself. To sum it up: the food is almost always good, the service is a roll of the dice.
Moose Skowron, Call Me Moose
William (Bill/Moose) Skowron played 15 major league seasons from 1954 to 1967. He spent the first nine years of his career with the New York Yankees and ended it with the Chicago White Sox. Moose is well known for his post-season play, including the game-winning home run he hit in game six of the 1958 World Series. His restaurant is known as being a local place in Cicero, Illinois.
Is it good?
I have never been and there are very few reviews online. This isn't surprising considering the hometown nature of the place. It has been mentioned numerous times on AM radio throughout the Chicago land area as being a nice place to get a drink and some grub.
Boog Powell, Boog's Barbeque
Boog Powell played outfield for the Baltimore Orioles from 1961 to 1974 and for Cleveland and LA from '75-'77. This baseball player's restaurant is unique in that it is located inside of the Camden Yards, the ballpark for the Orioles. The restaurant is known for its 'pit beef barbeque' and the rest of the menu is comfort food: baked beans, coleslaw, pulled pork sandwiches, etc.
Is it good?
If you think of it subjectively, the consensus seems to be: it's above average for ballpark food. If Boog put his BBQ stand in some suburb, it would likely not be considered so highly. It also helps when he's hanging around the stand frequently to take pictures with fans, sign autographs and chat.
Ed Figueroa, Lupis
Figueroa is best known in baseball for the time he spent with the New York Yankees; 1976-1980. He also played for the Angels, Rangers and Athletics. Figueroa actually own two restaurants of the same name in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Both of the restaurants serve traditional Mexican food such as fish tacos, fried grouper, house made refried beans, etc.
Is is good?
Trip Advisor has compiled three out of five stars for Lupis. Most of the negative reviews claim that the food is overpriced and not so good. Twenty-five of the fifty-two reviews are rated as either 'poor' or 'terrible'. There are a lot of great reviews too so it's kind of tough to judge. I'd say, if you're on vacation, it's worth the risk for the chance to meet a former major league baseball player in his own restaurant.
There are countless other restaurants owned by former pro ball players that have since closed for various reasons. Keep this list handy in your travels so you can be sure to try food from the restaurant of a major league baseball player.