HOUSTON -- When you think of baseball, you may not think of beef fajitas or other traditional Mexican dishes, but Doug Smith, an Astros fan, believes it's the perfect combination.
"The tacos al carbon, you can never go wrong with those," he says of his favorite dish.
Doug and his wife, Pam, make Ninfa's a part of game-night, not just because of the margaritas, but also because of an unusual perk the restaurant offers to its patrons.
Ninfa's customers enjoy free park-and-ride service to and from Astros and Rockets games, on board Ninfa's shuttle. It's first-come, first-served, and seats approximately eight to ten people.
The best part? "You don't have to worry about driving or fighting the traffic," Doug explained.
You can also avoid paying the meter or the cashier at those pricey parking downtown parking lots.
"Parking downtown can be crazy," Pam said. When patrons are ready to be picked up at the ballpark, they simply call shuttle bus driver Augustine Castillo.
Augustine says he'll even pick up fans cheering for the other team, "the noisy ones, Boston, and the Yankees."
The shuttle makes trips up to a half hour after the game is over. The goal is to keep the party going safely. "They can eat they can drink and they don't have to worry about the drive to the ballpark," Executive Chef Alex Padilla told KHOU 11 News.
"They don't serve Ninfaritas at the ballpark," Pam explained. "It just makes for a special night out with Ninfas and the Astros," and without having to worry about "beating the traffic."