As the old ballpark anthem goes, “Give me some peanuts and mac & cheese hot dogs ....”
A new Durham Bulls season is upon us, meaning a new lineup of concession creations to eat at the ballpark. This year’s roster is led by Southern delicacies, boundary-pushing hot dogs and waffles used as bowls, the Durham Bulls announced Thursday on their website.
Over the years, the Durham Bulls have built a reputation for testing the limits of ballpark fare, rolling out tater tot waffles studded with jalapenos, Tetris-shaped tots for “Stranger Things” night and the comparatively pedestrian foot-long bacon-wrapped hot dog.
This season’s creations include some mainstays and some limited-time offerings. You can grab a hot dog topped with mac and cheese and a hot dog with a waffle for a bun at any Bulls game this year, as well as a new patty melt burger and a waffle bowl filled with mac and cheese, grilled chicken and, why not, bacon.
There are five limited-time foods, each around for a handful of home games. Starting with the home opener on April 11, there are fried chicken tenders and biscuits topped with gravy; followed by a sampler of spicy fried foods (like jalapeno poppers and onion rings); a spice-rub grilled chicken sandwich; a chicken and waffles bowl topped with maple syrup; and lastly sweet potato tots with pulled pork and nacho cheese.
The Durham Bulls are the Triple-A affiliate of the major league team the Tampa Bay Rays. In-house concessions company Bull City Hospitality runs the bulk of the ballpark food, including the gourmet lineup.
Beyond concessions, the Durham Bulls will also bring back Food Truck Fridays, where two local food trucks will park inside the gates and sell food.
Gonza Tacos, Two Roosters ice cream, Pie Pushers and other local vendors will also be back in the ballpark for another season. New this year is a Yoho Asian Bistro stand and departing from last year is Makus Empanadas.