Where: Husky Stadium's north concession stand, MONTLAKE What Does $13 Get You? Three hot dogs ($3 apiece) and a large Pepsi ($4). Recommend? Only if you're in Husky Stadium. Random Notes: Consuming Jim Beam straight out of the bottle beneath a tailgate tent makes everything taste better. Except kettle corn, which tastes like shit no matter what.
Sports concessions are, by their very nature, a total ripoff. The key question, then, is not whether you're getting ripped off, but how badly you're getting ripped off. And by that measure, Husky Stadium is an absolute bargain. Paying $3 for a hot dog doesn't hurt nearly as much as being gouged for a $5-$6 per tube steak, as would occur at a Mariner or Seahawk game.
Then again, if you're canny enough to wolf down a cream cheese dog on Occidental or at U. Village prior to these sporting events, you might avoid this captive racket altogether. But if you're a fat ass like me, for whom the very whiff of concession food forces one's wallet open, Husky Stadium's a relatively safe refuge. The boiled wieners are sufficiently moist and large, the Pepsi cold, the buns fluffy. Pretty hard to fuck up.
But here's where I've got beef (tar har!): Why would it not be possible to grill, versus boil and heat, these dogs? I recognize that when you're serving a high volume of hungry, drunken fans, boiling wieners is a far more efficient option. But would it be too much to ask for university brass to designate a couple specialized barbecued dog pits in stadium, just to see how things go? These are the Dawgs' dogs we're talking about; it would be awfully cool if they weren't so garden variety.