I Went For The Food Trucks And A Baseball Game Broke Out
I’ve spent a lot of time on the road for my day job in recent weeks. Rochester, Minnesota, Dallas, Texas and two trips to Raleigh, North Carolina. Some great cities with some great food and drink. While preparing for my most recent trip to Raleigh, I checked the Durham Bulls schedule to see if a minor league baseball game might be in the offing. Not only were the Bulls home that week, but their Wednesday game promotion was a Trucks, Beats and Brews event. Yes, food trucks, live music and local beers, located on the concourse beyond the centerfield bleachers, but within the confines of an awesome minor league ballpark.
Arriving an hour before game time, I took a pass through the lineup of food trucks to scout dinner possibilities.
First up, your requisite barbecue… Chicken-n-Que
Next, Rolling Bistro with an assortment of specialty sandwiches and creations like Magic Mushrooms and quick fried Cavatelli with five cheeses, pancetta and an Alfredo dipping sauce.
Speaking of pasta, here’s an option… Mac_ur_Roni. Think, build your own pizza, but substitute macaroni for the dough.
Nestled among the main course options, Belgian Waffle Crafters offered dessert options from the sweet (apples, caramel and cinnamon sugar) to the savory (goat cheese, strawberries, balsamic glaze and black pepper) and everything in between.
We’ve reached dead centerfield now and the all American options at Only Burger.
Batting cleanup and offering food from the Northeast was Cousins Maine Lobster. Lobster rolls, lobster salads and lobster tacos, among others.
Having worked up a thirst from scouting the food I wandered back toward the right field grandstands to check out the beer options. The reception area was selling tasting tokens and six ounce tasting glasses… one glass, six tokens for $20.
Tokens in hand I made my way to D9 Brewing to try their Swell Rider, Tangerine Session IPA. While the other beers were quite good, I’ll stop here and rate this one the best of the night…
Walking the line of food trucks again I eliminated some of the choices. Why would I eat lobster in North Carolina? I can get a burger anywhere. I’m not eating a waffle for dinner. Macaroni is not my thing. While Rolling Bistro had some interesting options, I settled on the Smoked Sammie from Chicken_n_Que. Two smoked, skinless chicken thighs, piled high with coleslaw and an awesome barbecue sauce.
With three more tokens burning a hole in my pocket, I made my way back to the taps, but not before stopping by Chicken_n_Que for a quick fist bump with the chef. Props to him for his efforts.
I rounded out the tasting portion of the evening with a nice IPA from Double Barley Brewing, followed by a Shot Gun Betty hefeweizen from Lonerider Brewing (creatively marketed with the this slogan… “Shotgun Betty uses her sharpshooting skills to target those that show a weakness for wheat beer with a body that won’t quit.”) and a maibock from Nickelpoint Brewing.
Having knocked off a great sandwich and a great selection of beers (and realizing the game had reached the 4th inning), I wandered to my seat behind the third base dugout and enjoyed a bit of the action before heading back to the hotel.
I’ll rate this experience near the top of my list for hitting my personal hot buttons of baseball, craft beer and food trucks! Kudos to my friends in North Carolina!