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On behalf of my arteries, thank you Watkins Mill and Rockville high schools. The next two stops of my “Immaculate Concession” tour set The Gazette back just $14 combined. What amazes me is how different these menus were; I don't remember the selections being so eclectic when I was a Wolverine more than a decade ago. The only similarity between the two schools was the end result: Substantial portions and the mess on my face to match them. Watkins Mill Chili dog: $2 No one has truly mastered frank and beans. Whoever can: Please alert the Nobel committee for your prize. This model wasn't perfect, but better than most. I'm sure a vat of chili was dumped onto the dog, but this won serious brownie points. The topping was fresh, hearty and warm. Popcorn: $1 “People have always raved about the popcorn here,” Watkins Mill booster club president Ratliff said. I'm going to guess I didn't get the best box of the bunch. The stuff I got was ... eh. Sausage and peppers: $3 Watkins Mill's magnum opus, and decidedly NOT eh. The peppers were “sweet as nectar,” as I feebly described them, and the meat was amazingly flavorful coming from a high school sporting event. Really, really good. Rockville Nachos: $3 Just watch the video. Economy-sized and dripping. Chicken sandwich: $4 This is where I came to the conclusion that there is no recession. No snack bar I'd ever seen offered chicken sandwiches with melted provolone and three strips of bacon. A+. Cinnamon pretzel: $1 I really want to be objective with my critiques. I really do. That this was the least impressive item that I sampled is testament to the quality of an operation they run on Baltimore Road. This week I try the food at Thomas S. Wootton before Friday's football game against Walter Johnson. Disclaimer: The Gazette purchases all the food sampled. dgreenberg@gazette.net