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Nine Innings of Eating at Memorial Stadium

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Before he retired to the official position of Ballpark Beerman, Eugene George spent six years directing Food and Beverage for the Boise Hawks, and he knows the truth about America's pastime.

"Coming to the ballpark isn't really about baseball. Half the people aren't even watching the game. It's all about the experience," George said.

The bedrock of that experience is eating and drinking, and with that in mind, BW hit the stadium to track down something to snack on for every inning of the game.

1st Inning: Beer

Get a beer. This is a baseball game.

Where to Drink It: Leinenkugel's Lodge or Keg Stand

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2nd Inning: Peanuts

Peanuts are so essential to baseball that they appear in a verse of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." At Memorial Stadium, they serve peanuts that are salted while still inside their shells. How do they do it? Let's just call it a scientific miracle and move on to the next meal.

Where to Eat It: First National Frank or Bogus Basin Grill

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3rd Inning: Hot Dogs

"Baseball is about hot dogs," said George. "They just taste better in a ballpark."

Luckily, vendors at Boise Hawks games sell at least nine types of dogs: The all-beef hot dog is the classic experience, the Hawk Dog adds onions and peppers, the Colossus of Kraut is piled high with pickled cabbage, and the bacon cheddar dog is slathered in nacho cheese and bacon, just to name a few. Kick it up a notch with a bratwurst, a Polish sausage, a killer kielbasa or Basque chorizo.

And if that isn't enough, people who are truly ready to enter the big leagues can order the mother of all hot dogs: the foot-long dog. This weiner is the size of a human arm, and it tastes like victory.

Where to Eat It: Grand Slam Grill

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4th Inning: Tacos

After that mighty dog, a change of pace is in order. How about a taco? The fried shrimp taco at the Coors Light Purple Porch, packing pico, cheddar and lime aioli, is straight-up baller, and the Redneck Tacos at Nacho Business look and taste like what you'd get if a pulled pork sandwich crashed through the front window of a Baja Fresh. The carnage is beautiful.

Where to Eat It: Coors Light Purple Porch and Nacho Business

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5th Inning: Corn Dog

One inning without a hot dog was hard enough, two innings is out of the question. Give into the urge for another footlong with a footlong corn dog. The breading is light, moist and just a little bit sweet—it's like a bun, but better. Best of all, corn dogs are served with a convenient handle, so, provided the application of mustard isn't too ridiculous, there's no need for the extreme cleanup that was required after the third inning.

Where to Eat It: First National Frank or Bogus Basin Grill

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6th Inning: Cheesesteak

The game is past the halfway point, and that means it's time to stop fiddling around with appetizers and eat a real meal. The cheesesteaks are an overwhelming favorite among Boise Hawks employees, which makes sense because they're delicious.

Diners can choose between the classic Philly cheesesteak stacked with thin-sliced steak, cheese, peppers and onions, or the Idaho cheesesteak, which comes piled with all that, plus hash browns and sour cream. Which is better? If you get into this argument with your ballpark partner, please just agree that they're both good before a war breaks out.

Where to Eat It: Grand Slam Grill or Coors Light Purple Porch

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7th Inning: Nachos

It's officially late in the game, the perfect time to enjoy a late-night food. The nachos are beefy, cheesy, zesty and spicy, with just the right amount of crunch. Plus, there's a real art to digging out the perfect bite—take this inning to polish your technique.

Where to Eat It: Nacho Business (obviously)

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8th Inning: Snow Cone

Ice cream may be the closer, but everyone needs a good set-up man. Refresh the palate and stave off a food coma with a cool and tasty snow cone.

Where to Eat It: Snow Zone

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9th Inning: Ice Cream

No one should leave a Boise Hawks game without a commemorative helmet-shaped ice cream bowl, it just wouldn't be right. The helmet bowl is genius, and the ice cream inside is two scoops of happiness, no matter the flavor. Try the huckleberry cheesecake ice cream, marbled with fruity huckleberry swirls and rich chunks of real cheesecake. It tastes sweeter than a save.

Where to Eat It: Daily Scoop

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There are just six Hawks home games left between Wednesday, Aug. 29, and Monday, Sept. 3.