June 26, 2022



El Tiempo’s a hit on first night at Astros’ Minute Maid Park

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Felipe Garcia knew two things as he walked up to Minute Maid Park on Monday: He wanted to cheer on the Astros for his first in-person game since before the pandemic and he wanted some ballpark food.

For the latter, he figured he’d get his usual nachos with extra jalapeños, but thought he’d first check out the new El Tiempo Cantina location added to the mezzanine level of the ballpark behind center field in the location that used to be occupied by Torchy’s Tacos.

“Honestly, I thought the wait would be too long and I probably wouldn’t want to pay what they were asking,” the 43-year-old North Houston resident said.

Garcia wasn’t sure what his price limit would be, but he ended up getting two beef fajita tacos for $15.99. He decided against the $16 margarita on the menu.

“I still gotta go sit next to my wife,” Garcia laughed as he made his way through the crowd in the fifth inning of the Astros’ 8-3 win over the Angels. “I might be able to sell her on $16 tacos, especially if I save her a bite, but I don’t know about the margarita. Might be pressing my luck, you know?”

The line for the first night of El Tiempo, the popular spot with 12 locations around town, inside the ballpark actually appeared a little shorter than the lines at Shake Shack and Pluckers, located behind center field a level below the new Tex-Mex addition.

The prices – $15.99 for two fajita tacos, $14.99 for fajita nachos, burrito or quesadilla and $12.99 for chicken flautas – are also pretty much in line with a lot of the other ballpark food. Pluckers charges $14.50 for an order of wings and fries, a double cheeseburger (with no fries) at Shake Shack is $11.49, and the La Michoacana stand – located near home plate at Section 114 -also charges $14.99 for their fajita nachos.

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“If you go to the movies, you’ve gotta take out a loan for a bucket of popcorn, so what do you expect for some pretty good tacos at a baseball game?,” Garcia said as he hurried back to meet his wife at their seats. “I’ll make up for it by bringing a sack lunch to work tomorrow.”

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