Dollar Dog Days almost always brings out the worst in Phillies fans. Remember that guy who was tasered last season after running out on the field? You can bet your bottom dollar dog what the impetus was that brought him out to Citizens Bank Park that night. But gussying up the national pastime’s beloved mongrel munchie is hardly a solution for that. Beginning today and then on every Dollar Dog Day that follows, Garces Trading Co. is offering a ballpark-themed lunch deal, with its housemade Mortadella hot dog and a can of Sly Fox for $9. The fancy frank comes topped with turnip relish. We get that this is really something precious and special. And it’s totally cool that the Iron Chef’s main man Adam DeLosso is making and serving these haute dogs at the Trading Co. We’re also certain they’re at least nine times tastier than Citizens Bank Park’s cold, wet dollar wieners.
But what we don’t get is, does the humble hot dog really need to be elevated? The whole idea behind Dollar Dog Days is to give the unwashed masses average Phils fans a break on the high costs of attending a game. And that’s something that we should all embrace rather than emulate and refine through fancy expensive ingredients.