Food blogger Matt Mitchell writing at Dig Lounge posted an open letter to the head of the new Dodgers ownership group Magic Johnson. The missive pleads with the new money-man to expel the uninspired corporate dining options that have infested Dodger Stadium, and replace them with classic, home-grown, LA institutions.
LA fans should be outraged in a town that has some of the best ethnic food served up on nearby street corners. Levy Restaurant group seems content to serve up mediocre food at outrageous prices. There will be purists that disagree with me. Fans that think going to Dodger Stadium isn’t about the food, we’re old school, classic. All we need is a hot dog and some peanuts. But if we don’t keep up with what other ball clubs are doing, Dodger stadium will become just that, a relic.
Matt envisions a day that the stadium would fill with fans before a game, instead of not until the third inning, because of a sprwaling food pavilion past centerfield (where the former owner wanted to put a mall) that would serve LA’s favorites. Pinks, Philippe’s, Versailles, King Taco, and of course a beer garden serving Golden Road (and Eagle Rock) beers would replace the insipid offerings from Camanchos and Carls Jr.
We’d love to see the beer selection improved at Chavez Ravine, and we agree that the stadium needs to catch-up to the other ballparks with their food and family entertainment options. Let’s hope that the new owners didn’t blow their whole bankroll on buying the team, and that there is enough left over for some long-needed improvements to Los Angeles’ cathedral of the game.