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Going to Dodger game first time, coming in from Philadelphia, What is good to eat at the stadium?

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  1. My first time there, I really wanted to try a dodger dog, so I got one. It was awful. I'd stay away from that.

    There ARE some delicious garlic fries in some of the food counters though, so I highly recommend those. But only if you love garlic because there are insane amounts of garlic in those fries.

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    1. re: PandanExpress

      Those can be had at the Gordon Biersh stands. There is a section of sseating in which a $35 tickets will let you eat all you want.

      1. re: Diana

        I love Gordon Biersch garlic fries. Their beer is mediocre, though.

        1. re: mojoeater

          I think they put a butter sauce with fresh garlic and herbs on top of the fries. I had them once at the Old Pasadena location of GB. They were good, but they felt so sinful, and the portion was far too much for one person. I did not know what to do with the leftovers. I recommend sharing those garlic fries. :)

          1. re: mojoeater

            Here here for the garlic fries.

            And the vanilla frozen yogurt w/ rainbow sprinkles.

            (Of course, last time I was there, I wasn't in an indulgent mood and got carved turkey from the place in the top section.

        2. re: PandanExpress

          oh man, maybe it's just nostalgia, but I love Dodger Dogs. May I ask what during what inning you purchased them at?

          we have this thing where you can't buy them til the end of the 3rd or beginning of the 4th inning - don't know if this is true or not, but a friend of a friend says the older dogs are used from the day before... and the new ones come out mid-way through the game...

          1. re: The Oracle

            Hmm, I think using day-old Dodger Dogs is actually an urban legend.

            From what I understand, ever since the McCourts bought the team (or maybe it was even earlier), leftover food from Dodger concession stands are donated to a foodbank. I think this was stipulated into the contract when the concessionaires were re-upping with the Dodgers.

            Of course, as with all things in life, there is a 50/50 chance that I am completely wrong.

            1. re: The Oracle

              I don't remember what inning I bought them at, but I don't think anything could have saved the dogs. They tasted like someone threw a tasteless hotdog into some boiling water and then plopped it on mediocre bun. It makes me sad not to like the dogs because I usually love most meat-sauasge + bun concoctions.

            2. re: PandanExpress

              Dodger Dog awful, you're nuts! I have had a dog at Yankee Stadium and Fenway which are supposed to be the best and the only difference which made them far and away better than the Dodger dog was the split top bun, mmmmmm.

              1. re: PandanExpress

                Make sure your Dodger Dog is GRILLED. There's a HUGE difference between the grilled (yum) and boiled (yech) Dodger Dogs.

                1. re: Normal Garciaparra

                  Good to know. It's been so long, I didn't even know they grilled dogs now. :)

              2. Honestly not all that much. The food at Dodger stadium is generally nothing special. A Dodger Dog won't kill you, but you won't be inclined to tell all your friends about it. There was a thread in the last week about carry-in food and Dodger Stadium you may want to read.

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                1. re: scrappydog

                  Yeah, the best bet is get yourself a 14x14 knapsack and make a picnic out of it...

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/386666

                  --Dommy!

                2. Last season, they had some excellent bratwurst. I can't remember the brand, though, and they often change the concessions in the offseason. Dodger dogs are really bad, but if you must have one, make sure it's grilled.

                  1. I have fond memories of eating Dodger Dogs as a child at Dodger games. At that time, all the junk food at Dodger Stadium tasted really good to me. It has been years since I've been to a game, so I'm sure the food has changed a great deal. For example, I don't remember garlic fries back then. They do sound good, though.

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                    1. re: katkoupai

                      WOW. I love the dodger Dog and have been since I was kid.
                      May I suggest the picante dog and or the super dog on your next visit to the ravine.
                      Also the Camacho Nachos are worth the hike at the stadium as well.
                      Other then that Phillipe's pre game isn't that bad either

                    2. I never liked Dodger Dogs as a kid but grew to appreciate them later on in life..I mean com'n, they're hot dogs, half of it's fat and they're bad for you. BTW, oddly I still hate Farmer John's hot dogs...they're the worse and my Mom use to buy them all the time.

                      On a side note, as a kid my Dad would take me and my brother to Chinatown before a game and sometimes Philippe's. Now I'm in Giants land and go to an occasional game at AT&T where beers are $8 bucks (yes EIGHT BUCKS) and brats are $5.75 (but worth it).

                      Hey, so I just heard about the All-You-Can-Eat-Pavillion...any reports on that? That sound cool in a goofy way..and a bit scary actually.

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                      1. re: ML8000

                        from dodgers.com, right field pavillion all you can eat dodger dogs, peanuts, nachos, popcorn, coke products, and water. food is available 1.5 hours before game till 2 hours into the game (so about 7th inning).

                        scary? i believe so. i'll let you know how it goes. i have an all you can eat game on 4.11, but there's not much to tell if you already know how the food is.

                        1. re: phant0omx

                          A review would be excellent, including a total food count and how they dole the food out and the general vibe and wackiness. The right field pavillion is already a nutty place, add in all you can eat and some beer and should be fun...if that's the right word. Looking forward to the scouting report.

                          1. re: ML8000

                            If I'm not mistaken - they don't sell beer to those seats anymore. Too many fights.

                            1. re: ML8000

                              I went om Monday for Opening Day and sat in the right field pavillon for the AM-PM All you can eat. The new parking system has a few problems [big laugh] and the personalities in the bleachers are somewhat interesting but the food is as you would expect. Poor! I arrived at 11:50am and by 11:55 I was in my seat with two dodger dogs, peanuts and cokes. The beverages are in a Soda Station [Think AM-PM gone horribly wrong] and there was no line at that time, most likey 'cause everyone else was stuck in the parking lot. And no-one ever goes to Dodger Stadium just for a dodger dog. Like going to Tommys just for the chili. It is the atmosphere. And yes there are better dogs/brats located elswhere in the stadium and Yankee stadium has better ones and yes the beer is expensive but it is the same at any sporting venue. All said, I have three more games in the All-you-can-eat Pavillon and I look forward to them [food-wise] in much the same way as my mother-in-law's cooking.

                              1. re: haydn1796

                                Is it true you can actually take food home from the all-you-can-eat pavillion?

                                And heck, with the parking snafus, they should have curbside service at the parking lot ...

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  I did not try but I will next time. There is no sign saying you can't, so.....

                                    1. re: a_and_w

                                      Thanks for the link...great story, it satisfied my curiosity and now I don't need to go. FYI: don't be eating or drinking while reading the story or you may soil your computer.