Hear that? That’s the crack of a baseball bat and fans cheering, as the official start of baseball season happens this week. Texas Rangers Opening Day is March 28, and some local bars and restaurants are offering ballpark-inspired specials to celebrate. Wednesday calls for doughnuts paired with whiskey, and there are a couple unique wine dinners, too — one offering authentic Italian and the other featuring a California icon in wine.
Tuesday, March 26
Cracker Jacked at City Works
The Shops at Clearfork sports bar and restaurant will offer a gourmet twist on a classic American treat just in time for baseball season. City Works' version of Cracker Jacks starts with popcorn popped in duck fat then tossed with bits of pork belly, peanuts, a drizzle of caramel, and sprinkled with sea salt. The sweet and savory snack will be available March 26-April 1 only.
Masi Wine Dinner at Aventino’s
The prominent Italian wine brand will be featured throughout this four-course dinner party. Unique varieties like Valpolicella and Amarone are on the menu, paired with courses like shrimp scampi, elk carpaccio, and lamb chops. Finish with classic tiramisu. Reservations are $95 per person, and an hors d’oeuvres reception begins at 6:30 pm with dinner to follow at 7 pm.
Wednesday, March 27
Whiskey Wednesday: FunkyTown Donuts and TX Cocktail Pairing
Doughnuts pair well with everything, including whiskey. Visit Firestone & Robertson’s Whiskey Ranch to enjoy three gourmet doughnuts paired with three TX Whiskey cocktails. Pairings include a blueberry guava doughnut with “the bluebonnet” cocktail, a basil and blood orange doughnut with a cocktail of the same ingredients, and a tiramisu doughnut with TX Whiskey mascarpone and chocolate espresso glaze paired with an espresso martini. Tickets are $26 per person, and the event will run from 5-8 pm.
Cakebread Cellars Wine Dinner at Pacific Table
Wine lovers are sure to flock to the University Park Village seafood restaurant to attend this vinter dinner featuring one of Napa Valley’s most famous labels. Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are two of Cakebread’s most famous varietals, and they appear on the four-course menu paired with dishes like Hamachi sashimi, lobster salad, and sea salt and caramel pot de crème. Cakebread’s marketing director will be on site to talk through the wines. Reservations are $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and a reception begins at 6:30 pm with dinner to follow at 7 pm.
Thursday, March 28
Texas Rangers Opening Day at B&B Butchers
Skip the tailgate and arrive to the ballpark in luxe fashion on B&B’s Rare Force One, a custom-designed Mercedes-Benz van. The sleek shuttle service will take dine-in guests to Globe Life Park and back for Texas Rangers Opening Day. Before boarding, partake in one of the restaurant’s new ballpark-inspired Texas Wagyu hot dog specials, including Chef Tommy’s Dog topped with thick bacon, a blue cheese crust, caramelized onions, and truffle honey; and the Carpetbagger Coney topped with Cajun-fried oysters. Or go big with the $124 Break the Bank Frank topped with two ounces of A5 Japanese Wagyu filet, sautéed Maine lobster with truffle-mustard beurre blanc, and garnished with edible 24-karat gold flakes. Reservations are required, and the game begins at 3:05 pm.