As you know, we’re big fans of heading to Joe Riley Stadium to watch the Charleston Riverdogs play some minor league baseball on a nice summer evening and have picked up a few tricks along the way. We’ve also been known to eat a few food items while we’re there. This season, as always, the Riverdogs introduced several new food items that we’ve decided to try throughout our games so far this year. Here’s a few of the main attractions!
- Giant Pretzel- I mean, this is a friggin giant pretzel. They serve it in a pizza box and say it’s good for two people, but we had four people picking at it and couldn’t finish. It comes with nacho cheese, garlic butter, and marinara dipping sauces. It’s an awesome concept, but there are two problems- the massive pretzel is served at room temperature and not heated up, so it tastes a little stale and tough. The other problem is that it’s a pretzel that Zeus himself could eat, but the dipping sauces are sized for baby carrots. If they made them hot and gave more sauce, it’s a maybe, but as is, skip it.
- Kimchi Hotdog- This is a great hotdog. Another hotdog flavor combination that I never would have thought would work, but it was really tasty. Kimchi, collard greens and peppers. Could have even amped up the amount of kimchi to totally make the taste explode. If you like trying new hot dog combos, definitely try this.
- Ramen Brisket Bowl- This is by far the best new item on the Riverdogs’ menu. It’s a reasonable $7 for a Chinese take-out sized container filled with Ramen noodles and freshly sauteed brisket and vegetables. It’s all tossed in a spicy teriyaki sauce and topped with half a hard-boiled egg. The flavor profiles are really on point and it makes you forget you’re at a baseball game. An improvement suggestion for this would be to dice up the egg and make it a full egg. This is a definite must try (and Morgan’s new go-to!)
- Shrimp Tacos- Ehh. These were not very good. The shrimp itself was ok, but it’s soaked in a mayonnaise sauce that makes you feel like your heart is clamping up. Boring, not a lot of flavors, soupy sauce – skip it.
- Apple Pie Milkshake- Every year, the Riverdogs come out with a new beer milkshake. This one was apple pie with Angry Orchard Apple Ale. When I say it was apple pie, they literally took a slice of apple pie and dropped it into the blender. It was the bomb. If you like pie, it’s definitely worth a try, though Caramel is still our favorite.
- Summer Harvest Salad- We haven’t had this one yet, but it’s a $15 salad that is supposed to feed two people and served in a baseball helmet. I haven’t wrapped my head around eating salad at a baseball game yet, so we haven’t tried it, but we will. Follow us on instagram and you’ll see how we like it!
There are so many great food options at The Joe and we’ll update you when we try new ones!