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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

AT&T Park's Gluten-Free Dog Strikes Out, the Tri-Tip Sandwich Gets the Save

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 7:39 AM

click to enlarge The Baby Bull carved tri-tip sandwich ($12.50), early leader for rookie of the year. - ALEX HOCHMAN
  • Alex Hochman
  • The Baby Bull carved tri-tip sandwich ($12.50), early leader for rookie of the year.
Brandon Belt isn't the only Giants rookie getting off to a slow start this season. The gluten-free hot dog ($7.75), one of many new food offerings at AT&T Park, is the single worst thing SFoodie has shoved into our mouth at a sporting event, and that includes an unfortunate pizza we had the misfortune of tasting at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1991.
click to enlarge The gluten-free hot dog ($7.75): Why? - ALEX HOCHMAN
  • Alex Hochman
  • The gluten-free hot dog ($7.75): Why?
The blame lay entirely with the roll, pasty in both mouthfeel and flavor and an insult to the gluten-averse. We waited until the kiss camera had the crowd's attention, then spat out the bun and buried it under a mound of peanut shells. Wisely, Centerplate, the Giants' generally reliable food service operator, has hidden the gluten-free dog where no one can find it ― at the upscale beer stand behind section 112. Shame of it is the sausage itself, a smoky quarter-pounder from Saag's, was half decent, even cold. We wish it had been served on a stick instead.

Much better was the Baby Bull ($12.50), a huge, carved tri-tip sandwich we found at a stand behind the bleachers next to Orlando's BBQ. Though a tad dry and bland on its own, the tri-tip lit up like Aaron Rowand did on the Dodgers' pitchers last night, after additions of pickled vegetables (included) and a few squirts of Orlando's chipotle sauce. Paired with an order of crisp sweet potato fries ($6), it made for a filling pregame snack.

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