Five Foods to Find at Rangers Ballpark This Spring, Including That $26 "Boomstick"

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Stephen Masker
Tacos come two to an order with an extra tortilla
If you're a Baseball Person, walking through the concourse of a stadium and seeing that massive expanse of emerald turf for the first time each year fills your soul with the feeling of potential. For a northerner, baseball invokes the potential for warmer weather ahead; interrelationships of the celestial bodies be damned, the real first day of spring is opening day.

But when I walked into Rangers Ballpark in Arlington earlier this week, and first saw that glowing grass laid out in a soft blanket of green, I sensed a different feeling of potential. The smell of browning meat was in the air, and I sensed potential for acid reflux.

Earlier this month, the Rangers announced several upgrades to the stadium geared at enhancing the fan experience. Vandergriff Plaza brings new concessions to the outfield, the Batter's Eye Club brings new air-conditioned seats that you probably can't afford, and there's new food to eat, too. A press event staged on Monday showcased most of the new offerings. Here are a few dishes that worked better than others.

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Stephen Masker
Mexican Tapas, $12
The Rangers call them tapas, but they should probably be called picadas -- small, handmade rounds of masa topped with black beans, chicken, beef or pork, salsa, cojita and other pretty things. These snacks won't beat the treats you'll find at Mesa in Oak Cliff, but they're not bad. Definitely better than a box of Cracker Jacks. Unless you're seven.

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Stephen Masker
Chopped Brisket Sandwich, $11.50
The brisket offered at the stadium is tender but a little dry, so it's best chopped and topped with a ladleful of sweet barbecue sauce. Sliders with shredded meat are pictured, but you really ought to find the chopped brisket, full-sized version of these sandwiches. Smokehouse 557, a standalone operation in the Vandergriff Plaza, which takes its name from its distance from home plate in feet, features this sandwich. Use your nose and follow the plume of smoke.

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The Credible Hulk
The Credible Hulk

*sheesh* $11.50 for a dry brisket sammy?!?!?!

Look, I get that they overprice beer for a reason, but, c'mon, $11 freakin' 50 for a brisket sandwich?

Oak Cliff Clavin
Oak Cliff Clavin

Does that Rahr sign mean their beer will be widely available at the park this year? Cuz that'd be nice.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Im hearing of a taqueria at the ballpark, true?

I'm7
I'm7

What's wrong with Cracker Jacks you fucking fuck!?!

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

They should create a Japanese-Iranian dish inspired by Yu Darvish. Sushi kabobs anyone?

just sayin'
just sayin'

I am glad that the only thing that ever sounds good to me at a baseball game is a cold beer and a regular old school hotdog or two. Hell, even if I wanted to try any of the other overpriced shit that they offer, I couldnt enjoy it. I sit way too close to the field to try eating something that takes two hands and both eyeballs to eat without making a huge mess. I wouldnt want to catch a Nelson Cruz foul liner to the skull while I am trying to evenly distribute the toppings on my tapas/picada platter.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Wow...still not impressed guys...Instead of keeping everything in-house, why didnt they look outside for quality local restaurants to make and sell their products??

TJ
TJ

So these are only available in the new restaurant/bar thing out in CF? bummer.

G_David
G_David

Tortillas created by a "Dr. Seuss-inspired machine" are not handmade, but still probably a hell of a lot better than most.  And now I see how they plan on funding that contract Yu signed.

Mervis
Mervis

Nice. Can't wait for Friday.

Is that a grilled jalapeno to the left of the tacos?

I still like Cracker Jack.... probably because it reminds me of being 7 and going to games at Wrigley.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Tapas look good, tacos-bbq pretty meh..I'm hunting down the frito pie dog. 

Mean Green
Mean Green

More reasonable than a $7 beer...

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Im hoping that too, sucks that is was mostly available in hard to get to places on the 2nd level

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

ok, found its called Taqueria and its in center field.  Does this satisfy thos who want more local fare?

therrick
therrick

 Because who would buy an $80 burger?

Shawn
Shawn

dude, come on. i mean, it sounds all nice and local-y to me too. but is there a single mega-stadium in the country who outsources food to a local, independent business? i think they have all sorts of agreements, contracts, etc. with food distributors.

Round Fritos
Round Fritos

Take another look at the photo... those aren't fritos

Mervis
Mervis

Rahr on draft has been available for last two years at a small booth called "Beers from Texas" just to the first base side of the home plate entrance. Shiner, St. Arnolds, Lone Star.

There are alse a couple of "beers from the world" booths in both the first and third base corners. They have had Sam Adams and St. Arnolds Weedwacker. 

just sayin'
just sayin'

I didnt say that I had season tickets. And to me, the only seats worth bragging about at the Ballpark are protected by the foul screen.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Trust me, theres plenty:

Mets: Shake Shack Mariners: Ivars (awesome fish and chips BTW!!), SushiPhillies: Tony Lukes (Cheesesteaks), Crab Fries,Giants: Garlic Fries and Ghiradelli Hot Fudge SundaeAstros: BBQ Stuffed Baked PotatoesPirates: Primanti Bros. SandwichesMiami: PaellaSox: Corn Off The Cob (aka Elotes)Braves: The Hammer (Chicken and Waffle sammich)

See, other major league teams have given this thought..not to mention these are available all over their parks..

Mervis
Mervis

Looks like Fritos on the dog and potato chips underneath the dog to me.

Andrew Gunter
Andrew Gunter

Dude, just CTFO and enjoy the baseball game. You have every other day to eat your Fuzzy's tacos (which get old very fast), why do you demand it at the ballpark too? If the food sucks too much for you, get takeout and watch it at home.

Andrew Gunter
Andrew Gunter

Yes, it's just a Coors "brewpub". It's the equivalent to the Jack Daniels thing at AAC. It's a brewpub in the loosest sense of the word.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I'd love to see Riskeys or Railhead out there, same w/ Fuzzys..Thats the point im making, bring in local chain to enhance the selections already out there..

Mervis
Mervis

Comisky Park (original and new) always had local outlets selling food.

Mervis
Mervis

Yeah, isn't the brewpub the home of Blue Moon, a Coors product?

TJ
TJ

 I think you're way off base here. I don't understand how serving Elotes or a Stuffed Baked Potato is a "local" business option. They're just taking regional ideas and found a way to serve them. More creative, yes. Better, yes. But it's not like they're rolling in a Cane Rosso oven and cooking pizzas.

Tony Lukes - chainGhiradelli - huge corporation and sponsor for the parkPrimanti - chainShake Shack - chainIvar's - big chain and pretty mediocre. i used to live in Seattle.

If you want these kinds of options...then you'd be down with Dickey's or Spring Creek BBQ, Taco Cabana tacos, fish/seafood from Pappadeaux,

Yes, I'm on your side a bit. They do need to do better with a regional feel. Elotes, better BBQ and a CFS sandwich, yes! But I think they're going in the right direction, slowly. Remember they're in bed with food distributors. I mean seeing a whole jalapeno on the grill like that brings tears to my eyes.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Coors Field in Denver has its own brewpub and I'm pretty sure Baltimore has outside seafood joints in Camden Yards too.

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