If you just want a hot dog and a soda, that's fine, but you're not really a player in the Ballpark
edition of the Hunger Games. If you're looking to venture forth
and take some culinary risks outside the traditional ballgame fare, you might want to learn from our trial-and-error run.
1 Location, location, location: You can find food on every level of the ballpark, but the biggest variety and most of the good stuff is on Level 1.
2 Know all your options: There are more than 100 locations at the ballpark for food and drink, so you can't be expected to know them all. Get the lay of the land at txbaseball.com/concessions.html, where you'll
find links to a menu of all the concessions, as well as a list of their locations. Bookmark the page, and make printouts of the pages.
3 He who hesitates goes hungry: If you find something on the menu you are dying to try, or if you pass the cart on your way to your seats, consider snatching it up right then. We missed the Bayou Cooking cart's alligator po-boys -- twice! Which brings us to Tip No. 4.
4 Be mindful of the inning -- especially if you want a beer . Other than in the clubs, beer sales stop either 21/2 hours after the game starts, or at the bottom of the eighth inning -- whichever comes first. That's also when a lot of the food carts start shutting down. At that time, we
did find a few places still serving grub in the Centerfield Concessions stands, but the options were
5 Have food, will it travel? Maybe you've just purchased something that requires a full table setting and a lobster bib. Or maybe your dish seems like it might be time-sensitive, as in, it may congeal by the time you climb back to your seats on an upper level. If that's the case, you may want to consider taking a timeout, finding a flat-screen near the point of purchase.
6 The Captain Morgan Club is not for claustrophobes. This self-contained bar is open to all ticket holders, but if you want to set sail with the Captain, get there either early or a couple
of innings after the game starts. When we stepped in as the game hit the late innings, it was crazy crowded.
-- Heather Svokos