2nd Base Bar & Grill

Adding to El Paso’s baseball fever is the East side’s 2nd Base Bar & Grill over at the Zaraplex Shopping Center. Memorabilia, complimentary popcorn, a batting cage and various televisions showing sports and “The Sandlot” on repeat make up the complete baseball bar experience. They even have a Bottoms Up Beer Dispenser, where draft beer fills through the bottom of a cup.

You won’t find any ballpark nachos here, instead freshly fried tostadas or kettle chips are piled high with queso, pico, guacamole, sour cream and onions that have been caramelized in Pepsi and Jack Daniels. Other appetizers include boneless wings, mini dogs, buffalo chicken or beef sliders, soft baked pretzels and mushrooms stuffed with cream cheese, garlic and artichoke fried in tempura batter.

Various burgers and hot dogs are available, but the fun lies in the build-your-own dog bar where you choose a bun, a protein and up to five toppings. Buns include pretzel, poppy, hoagie, panko, pita and brioche. Protein options are Nathan’s signature all beef dogs, frankfurters, bratwurst and tofu, which ironically is not vegetarian at all, but a breaded tofu and weenie concoction. Good luck choosing between thirty toppings, which range from tame standards to Cracker Jacks, fries, Sriracha mayo, fried okra, a piggy wrap and much more. If it’s too overwhelming for you, get the Dirty Dog (Nathan’s dog topped with pulled pork and mac & cheese). Burgers, sandwiches and dogs come with your choice of a generous serving of fries, fried pickles or onion rings. Don’t worry, lighter options like turkey burgers and rotisserie chicken salad do exist on their menu!

If you haven’t had a heart attack yet, order a deep-fried confection: Twinkies, Snickers, ice cream and bananas foster are all battered and fried. This family friendly sports bar even has a “lil’ sluggers” menu.

700 N. Zaragoza; 915-849-8697; Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; $5-13; Vegetarian friendly appetizers; Kids’ menu available; facebook.com/secondbase915

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