This week, encouraged by some lunchtime tweets, I decided to try out a new downtown restaurant — the Ballpark Cafe.
Located on Tulare, within walking distance of Chukchansi Stadium, the Ballpark Cafe is a perfect little spot to grab a quick bite on your way to a Grizzlies game, particularly if you don’t feel up to paying stadium prices for what is essentially the same food (hot dogs, burgers, french fries).
The staff at Ballpark is super friendly — shouting hello as you enter, and being very helpful with menu suggestions. As I’d not been in before, the guy at the register suggested I try out one of their specials, a 99-cent hot dog with mustard, onions and tomatoes. I also ordered a side of fries and a Diet Coke, my total coming to $5.24 (most of the combo meals run about $5.99 to $7.99).
The hot dog was … okay. Not great. The bun was toasted, which I like, but the hot dog tasted exactly like the ones at the Chuk, which, when you think about it, is about right.
The fries were shaped like steak fries, but super crispy. They also were just okay.
The Cafe itself is all decked out in baseball paraphernalia, and, with its orange tables and mustard and ketchup squeeze bottles, certainly has an old-timey themed diner feel to it.
The guy at the cashier gave me a 50% coupon for next time (told you the staff was friendly), so the first Grizzlies game I attend, I’ll head back and try out a sandwich.
This isn’t really a place I’d recommend if one were looking for a great meal downtown, but if one were looking for a place to eat en route to a baseball game, I’d definitely say eat at Ballpark, grab a beer three doors down at Brazil, then have a great time with the Grizzlies.
(For another review of Ballpark Cafe, check out Fresno Bites.)