I try to eat at a place within walking distance to the ball park just so I don’t have to endure long lines, inflated prices, and crappy food to boot. I’ll have a few beers there so I don’t pay $8.00 for a 16 oz beer at the park. Peanuts are generally sold outside the park for a buck a bag as opposed to 3-4 dollars inside. I can’t see spending $200.00 for a family of four at the game.
Our Frisco Roughriders (Ranger AA) has the Teddy section for and additional $18 per ticket – well worth it when it comes to my 16 yo son who could EASILY put away 6-8 hot dogs, a couple of sodas, nachos and ice cream over the course of the game (Then wants to stop at Sonic on the way home). I wish I could put it away like that and have his phisque! Otherwise, it’s $9 for a great seat. I don’t miss The Ballpark at Arlington and we get to see several Rangers on rehab assignments. The food is average (taste-wise) but there’s something very relaxing about a beer, a bag of peanuts and a plain hot dog at a ball game.
I’m with BillyB – I love buffets. Not so much for the amount as the variety – especially for foods I would not generally cook at home – i.e. Indian & Chinese. As a kid, El Fenix (local Mexican in DFW) had a .99 kids buffet and adults were $1.99 (late 60s) Our family of six would roll in and wipe out a buffet line (3 boys) My younger brother could put away 8-10 enchiladas, several tacos with rice and beans – I’m sure they lost money on us!