Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, has announced its new food offerings for 2018, and one item in particular has sparked a great deal of controversy: the Dilly Dog.
This over-the-top new concession involves a giant, hollowed-out Best Maid pickle that is stuffed with a beef hot dog, dipped in batter, and deep-fried. The Dilly Dog has been the source of much debate among sports journalists and fans alike, with plenty of people falling into both the “would eat” and “would never eat” camps. “Pickles on their own — delicious, depending on the person,” reads an op-ed at Sports Illustrated. “But stuffed together and deep fried? Absolutely not.”
On Twitter, the reaction was equally polarized.
George Washington didn’t stop on the Delaware, he crossed so that we could have dilly dogs. (Also to kill Hessians) why do you hate America?— Quinlann Voss (@QuinlannVoss) March 15, 2018
I’m mad this isn’t an option in New York or Boston. Hearing “Ay yo my guy, lemme get two of dem dilly dogs ova dere” would make it worth the weirdness— John Boy (@OfficialJohnBoy) March 27, 2018
"breading, pickles, hotdogs, and mustard? ooooh gross" says the dumbass who has never experienced joy in their lives— Garbage Ape Presents: Tweets by Garbage Ape (@GarbageApe) March 26, 2018
Austin dining critic Matthew Odam wasn’t having any of it, but that could be because he’s an Astros fan.
These kinds of stunts are typical for Delaware North, the concessions company that handles the food at Globe Life Park. In years past, the Park has served two-foot-long tamales, popcorn covered in Cheetos dust, and giant hot dogs, all of which make the Dilly Dog seem like a relatively reasonable ballpark dining option. There’s even (sort of!) a vegetable involved.
However you feel about deep-fried pickles and hot dogs, fans can score a taste of the Dilly Dog when the Rangers take on the Houston Astros on Thursday, March 29.