This is the first weekend of Astros baseball, so here’s the off-field info on the food since it doesn’t show up in the box scores.
Above is the standard Star Dog, plain, dressed with mustard at the free fixings wagon, for $4.75. You can upgrade to the Super Star Dog for $6.75. There’s also a Beef Sausage on Bun or Jalapeno Sausage on Bun for $6.75. Add chili or cheese for $1.75 a plop.
A Beef Sausage Combo with a souvenir soda cup is $14.
Just thirsty? Soda is $7.25 in a plastic souvenir cup — and, as they’ll explain to you with pride, the little magic sticker underneath the cup means you get free refills (that day only) — but it would be a feat to drain a cup this size, go get more, and still manage to sit through a ballgame. Soda is $4.25 without the souvenir. A bottle of Dasani water is also $4.25.
Beer? It’s $8.75 in a souvenir cup. Draft is $5 or $7.75 for a large. Domestic can beer is $9.75.
Also, a warning: Roaming the crowds are vendors with oversized snow cones. These $5 treats are done up in the loud colors of the Astros’ uniforms of the ’70s — and they’re of same questionable taste. Avoid ’em.