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Red Hook Ballfields - 2013


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Red Hook Ballfields - 2013

Bob Martinez | Apr 29, 2013 08:21 AM

Saturday’s perfect weather motivated us to attend opening day of the Red Hook Ballfields. We arrived at around 1:30 and promptly made a beeline to the Martinez huarache stand, aka the Country Boys.

There were about 3 people ahead of us on line and after we ordered we had our food within 5 minutes. And a good thing too – within 10 minutes the line had grown to 15 people. We’ve seen this before – the line waxes and wanes. If I arrived and found a long line I might be inclined to take a short walk and then come back – lines drive me crazy.

I love the huaraches, I really do, but at best they’re awkward to eat. They’re served on flimsy paper plates which don’t offer much support to the huarache. You’re always afraid that the tasty mess is going to disintegrate and fall on the ground.

As we were preparing to leave the apartment on Saturday I had a rare moment of clarity and we brought our own plates, robust reinforced disposables that really supported the huaraches well. They worked perfectly. Finally, a risk free huarache.

Here we go – the chorizo huarache con todos.

Not the most photogenic of dishes but it’s still terrific. The chorizo initially doesn’t have much bite but by the third mouthful it asserts itself nicely. This is the Everlasting Gob Stopper of sandwiches – it grows as you eat it and you need to buckle down and do some serious work to finish it. We were up to the task.

Aside from the flimsy plates the other caveat with the huaraches is that sometimes they can be a bit too juicy. The liquid has a tendency to drip on the unwary diner and also cause the huarache to start to disintegrate. I’m happy to report there was no excess liquid in Saturday’s specimens - eating was relatively easy.

My GF says she’s good for one more huarache this summer. I am made of sterner stuff – my magic number is 4. I will make a point of eating them relatively early in the day – they’re a potential dinner killer. As it is I skipped my starter at dinner. The huarache had gotten there first.

Serious Eats and Eater had broken the news of the return of the vendors and there was a nice crowd in attendance. People seemed really glad to have them back.

Some more pictures –

The big line:

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