I was looking through the issue of “D-Backs Insider” I picked up on my most recent trip to Chase Field, and I saw something that caught my attention. One of the concession stands, “The Taste of Chase,” now offers a frybread taco.
My first thought was the Diamondbacks finally took my advice and decided to start selling frybread. It seems entirely appropriate. As I see it, nothing quite says “Arizona” like Mexican food or Native American frybread.
Frybread has long been popular at fairs and other special events in Arizona. I also have fun watching the frybread contest at the BlueWater Cinemas during Native American Days. One of the reasons I look forward to the Downtown Experience before the Parker 425 and the La Paz County Fair is I get to have frybread.
Frybread has become downright mainstream in Arizona. There are restaurants in Phoenix that specialize in frybread. It’s about time the D-Backs began selling it. This could become one of the signature items of Chase Field, like the crab cakes at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
I wonder if the frybread is as good as what Jericho Way Ministries makes every year at the County Fair. If you go to a game at Chase Field and want to check it out, The Taste of Chase is located on the concourse above the lower deck on the third base side of the field. It’s next to the Team Shop and the main entrance.
I saw a video on You Tube of Cookie Monster from Sesame Street singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th Inning Stretch at Wrigley Field in Chicago. This was after he scoured the place for cookies. When he was done singing, he called out to the crowd, “Let’s go get some COOKIES!!!”
This got me going. I found myself thinking Cookie Monster needs a cousin from Arizona named Frybread Monster. He reacts towards frybread the way Cookie Monster reacts towards cookies.
I know some people like their frybread with sugar, honey or cinnamon. I can just imagine Cookie Monster and Frybread Monster arguing whether a stack of these are cookies or frybread.
“Cookie!!” Cookie Monster would say.
“Frybread!!” Frybread Monster would reply.
After some back and forth, the two monsters look at each other and come up with a compromise that makes them both happy. They’ll call them “Frybread Cookies!!” as they devour them with all kinds of nom-nom sounds and create a mess.
Okay, I admit it. I was corrupted by Sesame Street and the Muppets when I was a kid. I loved Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and Ernie and Bert.
As for me, I like my frybread with ground beef, beans and cheese. Now I’m hungry. That’ll teach me to write a column about frybread.