Tuesday, June 23, 2009

take me out to the ball game

Memphis has its own minor league baseball team and the carnivore and I love going to cheer on the Redbirds. Plus any excuse to have some ballpark food and a few beers in the middle of a hot, humid summer day is a good thing. The carnivore and I always find lots to enjoy there. In fact AutoZone Park was recently named one of PETA's "Top Ten Vegetarian-Friendly Minor League Ballparks."
Our first stop is usually the watering hole. They have a large selection of beers on draft and other adult beverages. My favorite lately is the Blue Moon on tap, complete with an orange slice.Then before we head to our seats we stop for a snack. There are some healthy snacks, like turkey wraps, fruit cups, popcorn or pretzels. We honestly have never tried these, but they look just fine.
And of course there are peanuts and crackerjacks. In fact, there are a variety of hot roasted flavored nuts to choose from. We liked the cinnamon sugar pecans.
Later on, we go back to concessions for more. The carnivore can pick from hot dogs, corn dogs, buffalo chicken fingers, or even pizza. But why choose any of those when there are the world famous Rendezvous bar-b-que nachos, complete with sausage and cheese?
I stick to the cheese fries and veggie dogs myself. My only complaint really is I can't get cheese on my veggie dog. (Note to Redbirds - please change this!) But, all of the other fixins are available. And I have heard rumors of a black bean burger in the season ticket holder section.

Then there is dessert, of course. They have everything from dippin dots to frozen lemonade. For the kid in you there is cotton candy. And, on a hot day there is nothing better than a soft serve ice cream cone.

It is a great way to spend a day. There is certainly plenty for carnivores or vegetarians to eat. And if you are lucky, when it gets dark you can even enjoy the fireworks show.

So, if you are ever in Memphis on a game day come stop by the best minor league stadium around and enjoy some good baseball grub.

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