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Please Magic Johnson + Guggenheim, make this happen

Now that the Dodgers have been rescued from nightmare ownership, perhaps the new owners can right another longtime wrong and return a long-missing tradition to Dodger stadium.


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  1. I really enjoyed my visit to Dodger stadium two years ago. I hate the team but love the stadium. The Dodger dogs and beers were very fair priced. Not much variety to eat, but again fair priced and decent tasting for ballpark food. I'm sure they will look north to AT&T park for what they have done.L.A. has great food.

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    1. re: emglow101

      Sorry to disagree but the food at Dodger Stadium is terrible. Carl's Jr. and Dodger Dogs???....please save us Magic, Dodger fans deserve much better. How about adding some L.A. favorites? Wurstkuche for a start. 800 Degrees pizza would be nice. Ricky's Fish Tacos? Porto's? Bludso's BBQ? Beard Papa? Sweet Rose Creamery maybe? I can dream.

      1. re: wienermobile

        There is VERY little reason to buy the food at Dogers stadium when one of the great joys about it is that you ARE allowed to bring in your own food. Even a Ralphs Deli Sandwich would be an improvement to the mooshy Dodger Dog...


        1. re: Dommy

          Agree it's nice to be able to bring in food to the Stadium. We bring in Bay Cities sandwiches. But wouldn't it be nice if you didn't have to do that or better yet had a real choice.

        2. re: wienermobile

          "Wurstkuche for a start. 800 Degrees pizza would be nice. Ricky's Fish Tacos? Porto's? Bludso's BBQ? Beard Papa? Sweet Rose Creamery maybe? I can dream."

          LOL RFT can't even handle lobster taco day, let alone dodger stadium.

          Porto's could handle it though!

          1. re: ns1

            Haha, ns1, my thoughts exactly (regarding RFT).

      2. I was there for the first game of the new ownership. Magic Johnson's smile was electrifying and got everyone on their feet. $10 parking was great.... Food needs MAJOR overhaul. Didn't even bother with the awful Dodger dogs, so we opted for the nachos. Everything was evidently from Sysco/US Foodservice. Blah blah blah. Yes, let's dream: Kogi tacos, 800 degree pizza, Kyocho wings, Langers, Canters, King taco...... Anything's better than the cr*p there now~

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        1. re: saucequeen

          Magic lowering the cost of parking is all I needed. THANK YOU MAGIC!! Dodger dogs and nachos are fine while you are at the game, at least for those of us who have been going since we were little - it is all part of the experience!!

          1. re: WildSwede

            I too have also been going since I was little and if you've been to any other stadium you will begin to realize how most of the other stadiums have a least some food that represents their local cuisine. Dodger Stadium does that if you consider CPK, Subway and Krispy Kreme our local cusine.

            1. re: wienermobile

              Yep, been to Wrigley Field (Chicago Dogs), Miller Park (Brats), MetroDome (brats, cheese curds), Dodgers Stadium (Dodger Dogs).

              The grilled Dodger dogs are better than the boiled ones but only a couple of stands sell them.

        2. never been to that one but a city as diverse as LA deserves better (ok sometimes one still wants the dogs and nachos, but...)

          1. There is, sadly, almost no getting rid of the truly awful Dodger Dog. For whatever mistaken reasons, people seem to like them. It's like my father's love for his mother's roast chicken - the very worst chicken I've ever tasted. He grew up with it and that's all that counts for him.

            Still, in a city with the culinary diversity of Los Angeles, what is on offer at Dodger Stadium is a disgrace. At the very least there should be a certain percentage - ideally a very high percentage but I'll settle for 50 % - of bids to run concessions that are only open to locally owned and operated businesses, ideally small businesses like taquerias and hot dog stands and dumpling houses and food trucks and fried chicken places, etc. Some of the worst taco trucks in town have food that's better, and certainly cheaper, than what's currently available to eat at Dodger Stadium. And they are more representative of the community we live in.

            1. Very close to Dodger Stadium, just east at No. Broadway at 19th, is Carnitas Michaocan. It is an open-aired taqueria open 24/7 with good carne asada, better al pastor from a rotisserie spit, and the best salsa roja in town. Burritos are the way to go (I get mine w/o beans), tacos are very small, and they do good nachos with meat and quesadillas.

              Any food sold at the stadium has to be mass-produced with multiple serving lines. A wait of twenty minutes, which is fun with the anticipation of standing in line at 800 Degrees, would be brutal missing an inning or more during a ballgame.

              BTW -- Is there any noticeable difference between a Cool-a-Coo and an Its-It?

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              1. re: nosh

                A wait of twenty minutes, which is fun with the anticipation of standing in line at 800 Degrees, would be brutal missing an inning or more during a ballgame.

                But they have TV monitors.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  How would you tell the story if it was Game 1 of the '88 Series and you were in line waiting for ice cream, watching on the monitors, when K. Gibson hit his historic HR?

                    1. re: WildSwede

                      Last time I was at a game it took at least 20 minutes to a half hour to get a hot dog and a beer. I don't think it's the food prep time so much as the inefficiency of whatever company/ies are running the concessions.

                    2. re: nosh

                      Sorry Dodger fans, but I was at the game when Marichal went after Roseboro at Candlestick. I missed it, I was out getting pizza. I did get back in time to see Mays take Koufax long.

                      A Giants fan

                      1. re: nosh

                        You really shouldn't be eating anything that late at night (bottom of the 9th) anyway.

                  1. I was at the first Dodger game at Dodger stadium. I remember games at the Colliseum. Vin Scully + grilled Dodger dogs are just part of LA, period. I want my real Carnation chocolate malt back along with my 25 cent, not $5 peanuts. And the beer prices? Puuullleeze! So my wife and I often agree to be late to the game and eat at a variety of "on the way" restaurants that serve GOOD food, and are HAPPY to see us versus the SLOWEST lines serving LOUSY, over priced food at Dodger stadium.

                    Gotta remember to plan ahead more often and take a decent sandwich but then what $5 water or $11 beer? Magic, R U listening?

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                    1. re: fishyak

                      Eastside Deli, on Alpine east of Beaudry, makes huge, great sandwiches. The hot ones (#7, roast beef and pastrami) might be too messy for comfortable eating at the stadium though they wrap them well.