The Tater Tot waffle debuted this year at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP) as one its hottest and newest concession items during games. It’s one of several different food items that Bull City Hospitality is featuring this year, along with a hand-breaded pork chop sandwich, a bratwurst burger, a blue Munster burger, fried Brussel sprouts, and a chili mac (fried Gouda mac and cheese bites served with a side of chili).
I was there opening week and gave the new Tater Tot waffle the ol’ college try. So, how was it?
First, the good:
The Tater Tot waffle is easy to find. I was easily able to locate a concession stand selling the waffle around Section 113. The price is pretty reasonable for concession food at $6, and the fact that it’s a novelty food. The wait at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game was only ten minutes to get the waffle in hand.
The Tater Tot waffle is a regular-sized pressed waffle made of Tater Tots, cheese, sliced jalapenos and little bits of bacon. It comes with a packet of sour cream and a fork to eat (though you don’t really need it).
It’s crispy, savory, slightly cheesy and it packs a little bit of heat from the jalapenos and it’s definitely good food to wash down with a cold beer as you watch the game.
My waffle was lukewarm when I received it. I’m pretty sure the employees make some ahead of time and just hand one to customers as they are ordered for convenience’s sake. However, Tater Tots are best when they are hot, crispy and right out of the fryer (or waffle iron in this case). As the waffle starts cooling off, so does its tastiness. The novelty of the waffle also starts to wear off after about eating half the waffle and you might start passing the rest to your friends to finish it off like I did.
Still, at $6, it’s worth giving it a shot. If you can’t wait until the N.C. State Fair in October to try zany food combinations, you might as well start now at Durham Bulls games.