Sports stadium food has become a category of its own. It was not long ago when every stadium across sports and across the country served pretty much the same food: hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders, etc.
But the foodie revolution knows no bounds. And it has entrenched itself inside the confines of NFL stadiums across the country, including the four in the Northeast. Here we showcase some of the most mouth-watering, taste-bud-bursting NFL stadium food you can devour at four regional NFL stadiums.
MetLife Stadium (New York Giants/Jets)
East Rutherford, N.J.
Bahnbekyu offers both Korean pulled pork sandwiches and bao sliders, which come with carrot and cabbage pickled slaw.
Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Fried chicken sandwiches are all the rage these days, and the one from Fat Rooster can hold its own against any competition. The chicken is prepped with a 24-hour buttermilk and hot sauce brine. It’s served with thick-sliced sweet pickles, homemade apple cider slaw and honey aioli on a King’s Hawaiian bun.
The Kitchen Sink
As the name implies, Liberty Sausage’s sandwich has a little bit of everything. This concoction features chicken sausage, hot dog, potatoes, peppers and onions, all topped with a special creamy vinegar-based sauce on a hoagie roll.
Everybody loves a taco, and these certainly won’t disappoint. The Taco’s Raqueros stand offers them up in chicken, beef, pork carnitas and wild mushrooms.
If you’re looking for even more foreign flair to your meal, head to the Lucky’s stand. You have your choice of noodles and meat skewers, but we suggest the dumplings filled with chicken lemongrass, edamame and shrimp or pork.
When you’re going on a trip, sometimes the best thing to do is to follow your stomach. In recent years, food tourism has become more and more popular.
New Era Stadium (Buffalo Bills)
Orchard Park, N.Y.
Beef on Weck Sidewinder Poutine
Buffalo honors its neighbors to the near north with its version of a Canadian staple. Shredded roast beef, Yancey’s Fancy Horseradish Cheese, au jus and scallions cover these Kimmelweck-seasoned fries.
Hot Honey Chicken & Waffles
Chicken and waffles is a ubiquitous menu item from coast to coast. So, if you’re going to serve it, it needs to be done right. New Era Stadium has done just that; head to stand 104 for its version, which includes fried chicken bites, waffle cone pieces, french fries, Bison dip slaw, bread and butter pickles, and Frank’s Red Hot honey sauce.
Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy this take on a classic. Imagine your favorite childhood sandwich with a delicious raspberry sauce and covered in powdered sugar. Found in the club seats along with the K-Gun sub.
You’re going to need a friend (or five) to help you with this impressive sub. The 3-foot-long sandwich includes ham, spicy capicola, hard salami, deli pepperoni, sliced mozzarella and provolone, fresh greens, tomato, olive spread, and oil and vinegar all on an Italian sub roll.
Chilled Tenderloin Sliders
Caramelized onions, fried peppers, provolone cheese and sriracha mayonnaise top these tenderloin sliders. Served in the suites.
Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles)
In case you didn’t think football stadiums were taking their food offerings serious, know that Lincoln Financial Field recruited two award-winning chefs – James Beard winner Marc Vetri and Peter Andrews – to serve some of their signature dishes.
Vetri has brought with him three types of pizza: fresh basil, roasted fennel and sweet fennel sausage, and soppressata. Each is made with homemade sauce, fresh mozzarella, Reggiano Parmesan and extra virgin olive oil.
Andrews brought two items from his restaurant to the stadium’s offerings. The Paesano’s Brisket Sandwich features beef brisket, horseradish mayo, roasted tomatoes, pepperoncino, sharp provolone and fried egg.
It wouldn’t be Philly without a cheesesteak and Lincoln Financial Field has two new takes on the regional staple. First is a classic South Street Chilly Philly. It features Porcini crusted shaved ribeye steak, caramelized onion jam, Cooper Sharp cheese and long hot pepper relish all on a Philly roll.
The next one is more unique. The Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak Panzarotti is essentially a calzone filled with chicken cheesesteak, Cooper Sharp cheese, buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing.
Quick and Carmichael BBQ
Aramark executive chef James Hennessey created several signature sandwiches items exclusively for Lincoln Financial Field. The Quick includes 12-hour smoked black cherry wood pulled pork, while Carmichael is a maple sugar smoked pulled chicken sandwich.
Can’t decide? The Quick and Carmichael combines both pulled pork and pulled chicken.
Sections 120 and 216
It’s not just a carnivore’s delight at Lincoln Financial. Vegetarians can get a sandwich of crispy marinated tofu, spicy pickles, creole Vegenaise, shredded lettuce and tomatoes served on a vegan baguette.
Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots)
This stand sells several different types of specialty French fries including chili cheese fries, truffle parmesan fries, pulled pork fries, and buffalo blue cheese fries.
According to Gillette Stadium, on a typical game day, Patriots fans eat more than one ton of Italian sausage…
…And 186 gallons of this regional delight. These New England staples must be pretty good.
Offerings at this stand include pulled pork, beef brisket, and pulled chicken sandwiches, as well as tender BBQ ribs.
What are some of your favorite stadium food items? Let us know in the comments below!
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