Five Foods to Find at Rangers Ballpark This Spring, Including That $26 "Boomstick"
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.
Stephen Masker Tacos come two to an order with an extra tortilla
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.
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.
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.