Back in the day, snacking at Major League Baseball games was pretty much limited to hot dogs, popcorn, and those peanuts and Cracker Jack that people are so fond of singing about. But the Bigs have kept up with our food-obsessed times, granting gameday visitors the option to partake in unique creative culinary experiences between innings. Each year, Arlington’s Globe Life Field treats Rangers fans to a roster of potential all-stars, and this year is no different, with eight new menu items that might just prove popular enough to become permanent headliners inside the multi-level venue.
We’ve got the scoop on all the new eats (plus one batty beer) as well as details about three brand new stands making their league debuts this season. Check out these game-changing rookie prospects, then decide whether they should change the lyrics to “Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack-and while you’re at it throw in an Alligator Corn Dog.” (Or maybe something that rhymes a little better.)
Alligator Corn Dog
Bullpen Grill (Section 125) The State Fair meets Cajun Louisiana in this on-the-stick offering featuring a slightly spicy alligator andouille sausage hand-dipped in corn batter then fried to perfection. A side of crispy french fries rounds things out.
Bars 12, B11, 126, 225 Batter up! Get one of these new clear plastic bats branded with the Texas Rangers 50th anniversary logo. As you’ve probably already guessed, they come filled with beer, but what you might not know is that you get it topped off with any draft beer you like (granted they’re sold at the stands).
Section 132 Think of this as the wild and wacky food trend imbued with flavor combinations that are as tasty as they are Instagram-worthy. The Boomstick debuted in 2013-all two feet of it-as the hot dog to end all hot dogs, topped with chili, cheese, jalapeños, and fresh onions. The whole thing weighs about five pounds, so it’s kind of a good bicep workout, too.
Brisket Egg Rolls
Go Deep Fried (Sections 121, 225, 230) Dreams came true for one baseball fan who created this crave-worthy menu item as part of a recipe competition in 2020. Now available for everyone to enjoy, each crunchy egg roll wrapper is stuffed with smoked-onsite brisket and served with Togarashi-seasoned fries and a dollop of Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce.
Chicken Fried Brisket Sandwich
Sweet Baby Ray’s (Section 125) House-smoked Nolan Ryan beef brisket is sliced thick then battered, deep fried, and layered on Texas toast with pickles, red onions, and Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce. It’s the perfect marriage of two Lone Star faves-chicken fried steak and barbecue brisket-that you’ll want to keep all to yourself.
Cornbread Chili Pie Dog
Sections 132, 225 If a Frito Pie and a hot dog had a baby, this might be it. Freshly baked cornbread serves as the bun, holding an all-Angus beef hot dog topped with Texas Chili’s chili, shredded cheddar, and Ricos jalapeños. Baddabing, baddaboom.
Golden Chick Loaded Fries
Golden Chick (Section 128) Beloved fried chicken chain Golden Chick has taken their signature Lotta Zing Battered Fries and piled them high with bacon bits, Ricos Nacho Cheese sauce, and jalapeños. Grab a fork and lots of napkins-they’re messy, for sure, but so damn good.
The High Ball Bar
Near 421 Food Hall (Section 223) Ballparks aren’t all about beers and brats any longer. Sure, you’ll find them at this soon-to-debut bar area, but the focus here is squarely on wine and specialty cocktails. The vibe is definitely more cocktail lounge than concession stand, too, with comfy sofas, lounge chairs, and other plush seating options.
Mac and Cheese Nachos
Sections 132, 225 If adding cheese makes any dish good, adding even more cheese always makes it better-and ditto that sentiment when it comes to carbs. Enter the Mac and Cheese Nachos: Tostitos tortilla chips get slathered in Ricos Nacho Cheese sauce then smothered in a heaping scoop of gooey macaroni and cheese, pico de gallo, Ricos jalapeños, and a touch of sour cream to cool it all down.
Vegan Cart (Section 101) The vegan options at Globe Life Field continue to grow, and this specific number is bound to make plant-based ballgame traditionalists happy. An Impossible Vegan Bratwurst arrivs on a fresh, locally baked vegan roll, topped with grilled onions. Simple and delicious.
Vegan Chicken Salad Sandwich
Sections 101, 205 Give a bite of this next ticket item to any carnivore and they’d be hard-pressed to distinguish this vegan bird from the real deal. Mixed with vegan mayo, grapes, and celery, the whole shebang is served atop heartily sliced vegan bread and complemented by an order of chips.
421 Food Hall
Section 225 The Texas Rangers’ first game took place in Arlington on April 21, 1972, and this still-under construction vendor lineup’s name serves as a nod to that date. Though not a food hall in the traditional sense, the complex will feature buffet-style dining with picnic tables and high-tops, plus an exclusive lounge reserved for season ticket-holders.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.
The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.
From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.
Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.
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