With $6 beer brats, $5 potato pancakes and $3.50 hot chocolates, Tall Stacks isn't without its sticker shock. Our advice is to shop around; there are bargains to be found.
For beer drinkers, there is one price: $5. But what you get for that $5 varies considerably.
Budweiser lovers can choose between 16-ounce plastic bottles or 20-ounce drafts.
For those who prefer something more upscale, Red Hook beers are on tap in 16-ounce cups. The local microbrews include BarrelHouse Brewing Co.'s special Tall Stacks Stern Wheeler Stout, served in a 16-ounce cup.
There are some food bargains. Gee's Seasonings, in front of the P&G Pavilion stage, serves a heaping plate of riblets with a side of red beans and rice for $6.50. For $2, Gee's offers the sausage deal of Tall Stacks: a full-size hot link on a bun, smothered in grilled onions.
Big Bamboo, near the Yeatman's Cove tent stage, has unusual fest foods at nongouging prices. Among offerings: a $5 crab cake sandwich; a platter of five fried oysters for $6; a massive bread bowl filled with soup for $7.
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