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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...



                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.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            dodger dog may not be that good but still it is a traditon to have one :)
                            also there is king taco somewhere in the stadium..maybe in toop level?

                            1. re: rickym13

                              Ricky, I agree with your thoughts on the Dodger dog-- definitely a tradition.

                              I'm surprised to hear about King Taco! Wow! I never knew. I guess the stadium has changed-- a lot! Back in the day, it was peanuts, Cracker Jacks, sodas, Dodger dogs, cotton candy and Carnation malts in a cup.

                              1. re: katkoupai

                                But the Carnation Malts are still there and pretty much the only thing I buy when I go to the park! :D


                                1. re: Dommy

                                  on a hot july sunday game, those things are superb. they cool you off so quick.

                                  1. re: phant0omx

                                    But, alas, no more Coolacoos or Its It ice cream sandwiches ... RIP.

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      Yeah... but I recently saw Its It at Albertsons! But I've never seen those Carnation Malts sold anywhere outside the stadium!! Bizzare..


                                      1. re: Dommy

                                        What Albertson's? I am dying to find a local resource for It's It. I know that they're made in San Francisco, but Cool-A-Coo went out of business.

                                        1. re: mattesq

                                          The one on Venice near Lincoln next to that big Costco. They are up on the top shelf. I almost did a double take myself when I saw them. :)


                                  2. re: Dommy

                                    I wondered if the Malts were still there! I like that they are frozen rock hard so you have to take your time eating them.

                                2. re: rickym13

                                  King Taco is gone, replaced by Camachos...


                                  1. re: Dommy

                                    And the food at Camachos is gross - at least at the stadium. The state of food at Dodger Stadium is deplorable. I noticed yesterday that they are selling "Southside" phillycheese steak sandos at a price of $8.50. Yikes.

                              2. A grilled Dodger Dog and garlic fries with a cold beer. :)

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                                1. I am not a Dodger Dog fan, the only dogs I like are furry and have 4 legs. So I am always looking for the options. There are none as far as I am concerned. Carls Jr? Some Mexican place that has limited options, I have never liked Gordon's garlic fries, I won't order them at the brewery either. So I usually have beer and peanuts :( Alot of other stadiums feature foods from the area and have great cuisine. I wish Chavez Ravine could do the same.

                                  1. LOVE the nachos! It's a bag of tortilla chips and sides of nacho cheese and fake salsa. You get more than enough cheese, and although it's not a fresh salsa, it is soooo good with the chips and cheese. I also have to get a Dodger Dog... it's all a part of being at the ball game!

                                    1. Do not even try the Dodger mush dog unless you want something to joke about when you return home. There is a grilled link sausage with onion at one stand and it is worth the walk considering it is the only thing worth eating “at the stadium” as you requested. Just ask any usher and they will give you the directions. California just has not got-it-together like the other ball parks east of Chicago. Maybe re-post and ask for places outside of the stadium.

                                      1. dodger dog..dodger dog! The garlic fries are okay! they have the best beer in the stadium. I think there is a King Taco stand somewhere there...find it and eat there.

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                                        1. re: chefthisguy

                                          As noted in another post, the stand has long sense gone. Darn McCourts... :P


                                        2. I usually eat before I go. This year marks my 33rd year going to the stadium. The food is terrible. It has consistently gone downhill over the past 10 years. The dodger dogs are a flavorless hot dog paste. I really noticed the difference when I went to Yankess stadium where they serve nathan's dogs. Actual flavor in a hot dog: what a concept. I even like the Fenway Franks better than dodger dogs. If I have to eat there I go to Carl's and get a Western bacon cheese burger and take it to the hot dog condiment area and load up on fresh chopped onion. I don't know why but it's really good. The rest is forgetable. No one want sto pay $6 for a 6" turkey sando from Subway (aka Substandard). Panda express is not an option. The food at the Camachos is gross. Anyway my friends and I usually hit the Red Lion before games. German restaurant with decent food and great beer. The waitresses and bartenders are cute (one of them is my girlfriend) and the beer is cold.

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                                          1. re: mattesq

                                            Dodger dogs may be bad, but the fact that you can get them grilled (not to mention with garlic fries) makes them worlds better than anything available inside Fenway and Yankee Stadium where the food gives new meaning to "awful." You also mentioned a "hot dog condiment area" -- a concept sadly foreign to Boston and NYC. This ex-East Coaster frankly can't wait to hit Chavez Ravine...

                                            1. re: a_and_w

                                              the super dodger dog and the picante dodger dog do not lack taste.... mix it up once in a while

                                              1. re: a_and_w

                                                I don't think that they really gril them. It says grilled but I wouldn't be shocked if they have some dude in the back painting on grill marks. To me even the "grilled" dogs taste like steamed hot dog paste. Likley from sitting in steam tables for innning after inning. Glad you like the food but I think it's gross and have given up. And as for Fenway the food in the stadium isn't great so I just get a brat outside Gate C. No those are better than anything served inside Dodger Stadium IMO.

                                            2. Please don't eat a Dodger Dog. With all due respect to my esteemed fellow Chowhounds on this board, DD's are a disgrace to hot dog lovers everywhere, to LA, and to baseball. I understand that many people enjoy them through the lens of nostalgia, as we are all want to do upon occasion, however to recommend them to an out-of-towner as a "good" choice at the stadium is not credible.

                                              If I felt like paying $3.95 for the online LA Times article than ran a few years ago I could explain the deevolution of the DD through the years.

                                              Gtvlad, you'd be better off going to Phillipe's, Yang Chow, Ana Maria's in Grand Central Market, East Side Deli, or any number of other places outside the park either before or after the game.

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                                              1. re: Pate

                                                The Louisiana Hot Sausage is what I go for even more than the Dodger Dog (actually I ***only*** get the grilled Super Dodger Dog). That and a premium beer = good times.

                                                But boiled Dodger Dogs should be banned.

                                              2. Another pre-game option, a burger at King's BBQ on Figueroa? I had one the other day and loved it. With chili and cheese is the best. It takes awhile, but it was still really good. Even the BBQ was on the weak side.