Give the foie gras an All-Star break. Casual ribs, burgers, and dogs are the newest dining darlings. First up, in Austin, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill (512-236-9599, www.moonshinegrill.com) steals fare from the Texas State Fair. Check out the corndog-style skewered and battered shrimp, or the chicken-fried steak fingers topped with chipotle cream gravy. Gussied-up hamburgers and hot dogs rule at picnic-provisioner Shake Shack (212-889-0905, www.madisonsquarepark.org), new in New York’s Madison Square Park, from the folks behind the upscale Union Square Cafe. Even the concession stands at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix602-514-8400, www.bankoneballpark.com) get in the game with hot dogs and bitty burgers — in tuna, veggie, and cheeseburger varieties — for that “tastes-great-less-filling” effect.
— Elaine Glusac