Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Reading Fighting Phils: Chooch Dog

I love historic ballparks. Firstenergy Ballpark in Reading, Pennsylvania was built in 1950 and has one of the best baseball vibes in the minor leagues. It has a loyal fanbase and a carnival-like atmosphere on the concourse. It was also the site of the last performance of famed baseball clown Max Patkin.

For a small venue ballpark, the Fightin Phils offer up a nice selection of specialty dogs. It includes a Pizza, Pretzel and Philly Dog. On the advice of some of the concessions workers I chose the Chooch Dog. It is the favorite of one of the worker’s dad, and any dad tested dog gets the nod. It has chili, shredded mozzarella cheese, coleslaw and hot sauce.

Appeal-it has a cool name, although I have no idea what chooch is. The fact it was recommended by those in the know at the ballpark gave it good appeal. 4

Ingredients-an interesting combination. I liked the mozzarella cheese, the Berks frank could use a substitution. 4

Uniqueness-despite the interesting moniker, there is nothing super unique about chili, coleslaw and cheese. Perhaps if it were blue cheese. 4

Monstrosity Factor-a normal sized dog with some extra toppings. 3

Value-at $6 it was a decent deal. 4.5

Overall Taste-not bad, I didn’t go back for another though, despite having room for more. 4.5
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Checking in at 24 overall is not a bad overall result. While the specialty dogs are not huge, they do have a nice selection. If you don’t come for the dog, come for the history of Firstenergy Ballpark. While there, take a good look at the main concourse walls. It tells a nice history of the team and stadium and make the ballpark part museum. A museum with pretty darn good hot dogs.


  1. The hot dog is named after Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz, who was the team's catcher 2004-2005.

  2. Are you sure this was "The Chooch"? I thought it had nacho chips and I don't recall the coleslaw.

  3. As far as I know. That is what I ordered, unless they got my order wrong.