We spend a fair amount of time in Pensacola, Fl through out the year. Pensacola is a great little coastal town that has a refreshing slower pace of life than the big city of Atlanta. Pcola (as we like to call it) has much to offer from the sugar white sand beaches, the historic downtown, and a festival pretty much every weekend in the summer. One of the latest attractions added to the arsenal of things to do is the construction of Wahoo stadium right on Pensacola Bay. Wahoo stadium is home of the Blue Wahoos Double A minor league baseball team (Cincinnati Reds affiliate team).
If you have ever been to a minor league event, you know that it is a totally different experience than going to the major league counterpart. You can get closer to the players, there is not a bad seat in the smaller venue, and where else can you get in between inning entertainment like two 300 + guys trying to put on as many wet size medium t-shirts on to win a pair of tickets? Another benefit of the minor league experience is the food available at the park. Typically there is a great selection at exponentially lower prices (I am looking at you Atlanta Braves).
And speaking of food, do you know what they have at Wahoo Stadium? That would be Garlic Fries – queue the Ren and Stimpy Happy Happy Joy Joy song! Yes that ubiquitous combination of spuds and garlic that goes together as naturally as peanut butter and jelly/chocolate.
Garlic fries in hand I set out to evaluate the first of many servings to come. No ketchup on this inaugural sampling – straight up only to gauge full flavor.
Presentation: Nothing to fancy. A bed of medium cut fries with a heaping of garlic on top. Fresh flat leaf parsley is utilized to help garnish the dish.
Fries: Good medium cut potatoes. Which I like since they hold on to more of the garlic. Shoestring or thin cut usually result in a lot of “fry scooping” of the garlic (which really isn’t a bad thing).
Garlic: Definitely the jarred variety. Which I imagine makes sense from a labor and economical perspective. I doubt I will find too many venues using freshly chopped or roasted garlic.
Taste: Very good. The garlic was mellow but flavorful. The vendors did a good job of making the garlic is drained well before topping the fries.
Obviously this necessitates global research on which venue indeed has the best garlic fries. I will do what I have to do to bring this valuable inside information to you fellow garlic fanatics. Initial word on the street indicates that ATT Park (San Francisco Giants), Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees), and PetCo Field (San Diego Chargers) have exceptional garlic fries. Rumor also has it that some venues put cheese on their garlic fries as well. This is so going to be fun.
Congratulations Wahoos you are at the top of the Garlic Fries list…..for now
Garlic Geeks Best Venue for Garlic Fries:
- Wahoo’s Stadium – Pensacola, FL
So what about you? Is there a venue or restaurant that has your favorite garlic fries? I would love to hear about them and add them to the R & D list! Let me know in the comments.