When I go out to a game, there are a few things that I absolutely must have.
One: great seats!
Two: great food!.
Stadiums haven’t exactly been known for their outstanding food. I’ve been to many games and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve encountered what I could only assume was masquerading as real food. I’m not saying that stadium food is going to be the height of healthy eating – it shouldn’t be, you’re there to have fun, but it at least has to taste good, right? I totally agree, and that’s why I’ve gone to the trouble finding what I consider to be the five best stadium foods across the country. Sure, there are more, but five is a good start, in my opinion.
TEAM: SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
There are a lot of good eats here, but the one we’re going to spotlight is the grilled fish tacos. It is comprised of locally caught mahimahi and is subsequently seasoned with a jerk dry rub. The toppings include shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, and crema, all of which is shoved inside a corn tortilla. It might not be gourmet, but it’s far from the little league food you’ve become accustomed to. Hey, you’re heading out to the big game, it’s time to start eating big.
LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD
TEAM: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
We’re including this one because it’s just plain yummy, but we should mention that you’ll only find it on the club level of the stadium. We’re talking about the Mortadella hot dog, of course, crafted by Chef Marc Vetri, and it’s not your typical run of the mill hot dog. This is a mortadella dog which is more of a sausage than a hot dog is an automatically more bang for your buck. It’s topped with spicy pickles and cabbage relish for just the right combination of savory and acidic. It’s pretty amazing, and the lower levels of the stadium aren’t too bad either.
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX STADIUM
TEAM: ARIZONA CARDINALS
To be honest, the previous foods we described have been a bit too ‘proper’ for the stadium. Let’s be honest, even the hot dog was a bit over the top (and pricey if you want to get to it), but now we head across the country, over to Arizona where we have the Pizza Box Nachos. It’s pretty much exactly what it claims to be – the typical nacho box, featuring the typical guacamole, jalapenos, cheese, and other goodies that you would find in a nacho box. Despite the cliché, you’ll be pretty shocked at how good it can be. Just remember to pack an antacid.
TEAM: ATLANTA FALCONS
Okay, this one is a lot more interesting than the others I’ve mentioned, because we’re talking about the ‘burger of the week’. The burger changes each time a new team visit, for example, if New York visits, you’ll get Reuben Steakburgers. It’s a heck of a tradition, and if you’re visiting the stadium, you’re going to have to try the burger of the week, just to say you did.
M&T BANK STADIUM
TEAM: BALTIMORE RAVENS
We had to bring this one to your attention because no stadium experience is going to be complete without chicken fingers. The chicken tender basket isn’t exactly fancy, but hey, chicken fingers aren’t supposed to be. They just sort of…are.
There you have it, five great stadium foods that you simply can’t pass up. If you’re ever in the area, try some of these great snacks, and more. You never know what you’re going to find, and as the years go by, stadium food just keeps getting better.