OKC Dodgers: A look at new food offerings this season
Oklahoma City Dodgers executive chef Will Fenwick is always thinking of new creations for Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
He’s created the chorizo burger, a pizza named after Tommy Lasorda and more.
This season, he’s putting the food on a new level.
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Crazy hot dogs, big burgers and a new pizza highlighted a food tasting earlier this week at The Brick. Here is what to expect in the upcoming season:
Mac & Cheese Pizza
What young child doesn’t dream of this pizza?
Macaroni and cheese. Hot dogs. Pizza sauce. It’s what I would have wanted as a kid. Now, the Dodgers are offering it each game this season.
The pizza comes as described in either a single slice or whole pie.
Its crust remained soft even as I left this tasting for last and the sauce was surprisingly good with the mac and cheese. It’s a nice twist on pizza, though it’s not necessarily my thing. As I reminded Fenwick, I’m an adult now. At least, I like to tell myself that.
Fenwick has a favorite and so do I.
“That’s been my baby for a while,” Fenwick said.
This burger was excellent. It was cooked well and bursting with flavor behind caramelized onions and smoked gouda.
Yes, this burger has smoked gouda, caramelized onions in bourbon, bacon and a barbecue sauce. This burger is for the adults, and I established that’s me.
It’s a full-season offering, and one you should try.
Run to the ballpark for this, because it’s only here through April.
I’ve had burgers with peanut butter and bacon before. S&B’s Burger Joint offers one of the best locally. But I had yet to try peanut butter and jelly with bacon on a burger.
It’s surprisingly good.
“Why not go crazy and wild?” Fenwick said. “It’s actually a really great combination.”
Fenwick really took this to a new level with the strawberry jelly. I have no issues with grape jelly, but it wouldn’t work with this.
And the crunchy peanut butter really gives it a nice, well, crunch that takes it over the top.
Taco dogs are common … on a bun. Throw some taco toppings on a normal hot dog, they say. Fenwick wanted more.
So, he took a double-decker taco and made it a hot dog. It’s a great combination I wish I had thought of a long time ago.
A tortilla with refried beans and then a hard taco shell. That’s filled with taco meat and topped with a hot dog, which is topped with Pico de Gallo and sour cream.
So much flavor. Such a great idea.
And it’s a season-long offering.
Southern Comfort Dog
No, this doesn’t have the whiskey, but it offers a lot of flavor.
“All the things just comforting,” Fenwick said.
A beef hot dog with pulled pork, baked beans, barbecue sauce, bacon, cole slaw and a pickle. It was good, though not my favorite option in the tasting.
It’s available through April.
COOP Beer Brat
The Dodgers and COOP Ale Works teaming up has been a wonderful partnership so far, and it likely gets better with this.
It wasn’t offered at the tasting Monday, but it’s on my list to try this weekend.
The new creation starts with a pretzel bun. The brat is braised in COOP beer and purple cabbage follows in the same beer. Fenwick and his crew top it with a house-made mustard that was made with COOP’s popular F5 IPA.
If you know me, you know I love craft beer, food and baseball. All three are combined here.
“It’s just beer on top of beer on top of beer and it’s all COOP,” Fenwick said. “It’s a great combination, a classic with a little twist to it.”