|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.
|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.