Thursday, March 28, 2013 , Updated 10:52 p.m., March 28, 2013
PHOTOS: Rangers debut 2-foot weenies, plus loaded potato chips, food truck
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ARLINGTON The Rangers debuted more Texas-sized treats before the Rangers kick off their new season. The team now has an entire stand dedicated to 24-inch delicacies, plus a concept with flavored waffle fries and a storefront called The Chipper that makes fancy potato chips.
The team also debuted a new food truck, which will sell concessions during tailgates before the game but also will be available for rental for corporate or private events.
The group of 24-inchers, sold at the new stand Texas Sized 24 behind home plate, joins a few already-existing 24-inch-long monstrosities, namely, The Boomstick. Named for Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz’s bat -- and almost the same size as it -- The Boomstick is not a weenie for weenies: It’s 2 feet long and is slathered in chili, cheese, grilled onions, and jalapenos. Oh yes, and it’s served in a paper “briefcase” of sorts -- best carried with two hands.
An expanded menu takes The Boomstick to the next level, said Shawn Mattox, general manager, Metroplex Sportservice. That menu includes a 24-inch quesadilla served on a bed of Doritos called the Murph-a-dilla, named for outfielder David Murphy, which is back on the menu from late last season. One of the new additions this season is the Sausage Slugger, a 2-foot sausage with sauerkraut or onions and jalapeno on a bun. The Slugger, like the Murph-A-Dilla and Boomstick, costs $26. Consider it an investment.
When The Boomstick debuted last year, Concessions Manager George Raub guessed they’d sell 10 to 15 a game, sort of as a novelty. By the end of last season, he said they averaged 200 sold per game. It’s also a meal for a whole family: Cut The Boomstick in quarters and it’ll heartily (and not-so-healthily) feed four people, he said.
Attendees to the ballpark will find a redone concessions area behind home plate, with a former wall opened up into a breezeway with several bright red stands flanking the sides, the Texas Sized 24 included.
The Chipper is another new stand, located between home plate and first base on the first level. It sells four sets of loaded potato chips, each a whopping 15 ounces for $11. Raub’s favorite is the Island Style chips – a bed of fried, crispy potatoes with pineapple salsa, bacon, coconut, sweet peppers, and choice of brisket, chicken, or beef taco meat. “I like the experience of something unexpected,” said Raub. It’s certainly a tangy shift from a 2-foot-long hot dog.
The flavored waffle fries at The Backstop also come in four varieties – Macho Nacho with taco toppings; Chopped Buffalo with wing sauce; Garlic; and Smokehouse with brisket, barbecue sauce, and fried onion. Each are $10.
So, how about calories? Those almost don’t exist when you’re ordering 15 ounces of potato chips or a 24-inch hot dog.
“Get a light beer and call it even?” joked Raub. If only.
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