That’s not a hot dog. Those are polish. There’s some spiciness there.
Here’s the deal with the food at the concession stand at Grandview Park Baptist football field, hidden a few quiet blocks north of the Iowa State Fair: consider the $5 ticket a cover charge, the football game a nice backdrop, and the multiple playgrounds a place for the kids to go while you dig into some of the best food we’ve had a chance to eat since we started this adventure.
I cannot overstate how good this food was. It’s one thing to throw a pork shoulder in a crockpot all day. It’s one thing to nuke some hot dogs in the microwave for dinner. It’s a different story at Grandview Park Baptists’ concession-stand-on-wheels, though.
The pulled pork: “One of the guys cooks it all day long, then brings it here. It’s a lot of pulled pork. You don’t get a little. You get state fair quantities.”
The hot dogs: “We’ve got real hot dogs. I mean they stick out both ends of the bun.”
The way the run their stand: “We really try to do it well for the people.”
The future? “We’re going to start taking this to away games.”
Let’s hope so. Turn that operation into a food truck and you’d have at least one happy customer. This guy.
The food made up for a lackluster performance by the Defenders. Coon Rapids-Bayard comes into Grandview Park Baptist and leaves with a 47-17 victory.
A biting wind and saving bites of a hot dog
It was a homecoming of sorts for Danny. He played in the band at Madrid 10 or so seasons ago. Unfortunately, the band still keeps the tradition of not marching at half-time.
The game was a blowout and the popcorn was underwhelming. We needed something to save our night.
- $0.75/bag. When I saw the price, I said to Seth, “Uh oh.” Seventy-five cents always makes me nervous as a price for popcorn. I’ve had dollar-a-bag live up to its price. I’ve had fifty-cent that I would have paid two dollars for. I’ve never had a seventy-five that hit the spot. Tradition held in Madrid last night.
- Standard bag size. If there is such a thing.
The bag of popcorn is the lifeblood of a high school football concession stand. Pre-popping is more art than science. If you pre-pop too much, you end up giving people hour-old popcorn midway through the first quarter. If you wait too long to pre-pop, you end up running the risk of having to pop it while folks wait. It’s a delicate balance. Pop wisely.
What they’re known for:
My standard order on Friday night’s is: I’ll have a bag of popcorn and: what are you known for? The response from the young lady taking my order: “We have pretty good hot dogs.”
If you look hard enough, you can see the surprise and excitement on my face when I took that first bite. It was that good. Danny went and picked himself up a dog about halfway through the second quarter.
Madrid was two-for-two on dogs.
As I said in the video, the grill marks were a good sign. It’s impressive to see a concession still grilling their dogs through October. Along with that — as you can see in the pictures — the dog filled up the bun. At $2.50, it was worth every penny. Danny and I both commented after eating our respective dogs that they “weren’t normal hot dogs. There’s something in here like cheddar or something.” The more I’ve thought about it, though, I don’t think that’s the case.
Had to lend a hand after a touchdown.
The game broke open a few minutes into the first quarter. It was over by the end of the first quarter. We didn’t stay for the whole thing, but I assume Madrid put up something in the 60s. Martensdale fought hard all night and had 13 on the board when we left.
The biting wind and chilly temperatures seemed to slow Martensdale’s air attack. They had a few dropped passes. I know the feeling of a football that hardens and heavies when the cold comes in. Problem is last night wasn’t really that cold. Not even close to what it’ll be like in a few weeks.
Luckily, that’s what hot chocolate is for.
In the end, it was a great night in Madrid. We’ll be back, Tigers.
Fluffy popcorn. Furious comeback.
The popcorn was delicious. It was light and fully. Not too buttery and not too salty. By the time Adel finished their comeback, I was stuffed and there weren’t a ton of unpopped seeds at the bottom of the bag.
We had to wait when we got there for them to pop a new batch. When you have a matchup of top-ten teams, that kind of thing can happen.
- It was a big bag. I’m going to have trouble not judging all other bags by the size of this bag.
- Top off the bag? I’m not really sure what to say. As I said, this may be the new buttered standard in prep popcorn.
#2 ADM came back from a 17-point half-time deficit to score 20 unanswered points after the break. We stood on the top of the bleachers behind the ADM student section.
- Louder! I loved when the student section led a cheer that got the parents involved. More of that, please.
Look for food pictures next game.