There are some things you can count on in the food world; peanuts will always taste better with beer, for example. Coming from the land of the Dodger Dog and Der Wienerschnitzel, I always could count on good hot dogs at the ballpark. Until I moved to Seattle . . .
Safeco Field, the home of the Seattle Mariners, has a lot of things going for it. An excellent selection of micro-brews, decent Thai food, sushi on offer (though I’ve never tried it), Ivar’s famous clam chowder (their garlic fries should be banned by the way due to the smell), and now, Dreyer’s ice cream and soft serve (love soft serve – swirl, of course). The hot dogs, however, suck. The buns fall apart under the weight of the mildest of condiments (catsup and relish) and are generally cold. The dogs themselves? Overcooked and wrinkled with not even a hint of the plumpness you expect from a hot dog. The jumbo dog is a slight improvement, but not by much. The foot long? The deficiencies of the normal hot dog, only supersized.
Last night, I decided to give the hot dogs another chance. MISTAKE. Cold bun, hot dog that looked like it had been under a warmer for 4 hours and that was barely warm, wrinkled and had burn streaks on one side. Ugh. The fact that the Mariners went down in flames to the Angels (0-10 was the final score) in a game that looked like the scene from Bull Durham when the team’s winning streak was snapped, didn’t help of course. But even if you have to suffer through bad baseball, you shouldn’t have to suffer through bad hot dogs. PLEASE, someone get Safeco Field a deal with Der Wienerschnitzel – trust me, it will the best move you ever make!