The Evolution Of Rangers Ballpark Food Through Two Classics

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Stephen Masker
We've written plenty about the new massive food monsters available at Rangers Ballpark, but while I was at a game recently I was able to see them next to their old school counterparts. It's kind of shocking how far things have come in recent years, and makes you wonder how far this trend will carry.

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Remember the ballpark hot dog? Things used to be simple back in the day. A little mustard, a little onion, that little section of bun that's always left over when you've finished your seventh inning snack. Of course that same old dog is still available in a foil wrapped pouch for $5. But it doesn't look very impressive next to its present day counterpart.

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I wish I had them side by side in the same photo, but you get the idea. The boomstick is a monster. Of course you'll have to fork over $26 -- nearly five times what your old man's hot dog will set you back.

It's not just the hot dogs either. Nachos, the very nachos that got started right here in Arlington, have been experiencing their own super-sized-mutant-revolution. Nachos used to be simple. Just a little canned processed cheese food diluted with water and the brine from pickled jalapeños.

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This dish that I had at a recent ball game has me wondering if a little more water has wandered into the mix but whatever, it only cost me $6.50. You have to fork over $16.75 for the helmet version.

Of course it's nearly the size of a soccer ball and topped with queso blanco (which tastes a lot like processed cheese food), brisket, sour cream, Doritos, jalapeños, lettuce, onions and tomatoes. It almost seems like a value.

It makes you wonder what they'll come up with next. My money is on a burger the size of a Frisbee topped with chili, fritos and seven types of cheese.

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EdD.
EdD.

There's a Panda Express at Dodger Stadium because nothing says "baseball" like sesame chicken.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

It is a shame that you can't get a great hot dog in Dallas...........

Nictacular
Nictacular

I've been going to the Ballpark since I was a wee lad, and somewhere around 12 years ago I switched my habits. It used to be hotdogs and nachos...now it's all beer. All beer. All the time. Lots of beer.

happygrrl
happygrrl

Last time we went, folks somewhere in the vicinity were eating some fancy-schmantzy garlic fries that made our eyes water...  

Really? with Baseball?

dixiechickidie
dixiechickidie

I always stick to the classics when at the ballpark. One or two hot dogs, a thing of the "old" nachos, a bag of peanuts and a couple cold-if-you-drink-it-fast-enough-draft-beer-ahs.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

I would still rather have the old nachos in the red and white paper tray and the cheese on top instead of on the side, along with the old dog wrapped in foil so that the bun gets all steamed and mashed into the dog.  (You still get some of that from the dollar hot dog night stands.)

Nictacular
Nictacular

@happygrrl Those garlic fries are $9, you can smell them in the next section, and they will wreck your breath.

They will also change your life.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

I've never seen that pussy before, Myrna. Is she new to the brood?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Oh, yes.  And a vast cellar of superb clarets and burgundies.  A magnificent Château Pétrus; a heavenly Chassagne-Montrachet, par exemple.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin They should offer a more refined selection of dishes for sophisticated palates.  A regal Tripes à la Mode de Caen, a lively ceviche, perhaps, or a delightful sweet such as Gâteau St.Honoré.

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