As we continue to usher in the era of modern super stadiums, the food at these stadiums continues to get better and better. Not even 20 years ago when you went to a professional stadium, you would most likely be eating a hot dog, nachos, French fries, maybe a burger, and peanuts. That was the extent of the food options at most professional sports stadiums for years.
These days the food in the stadium is just as important as the views from your seat. Good food and drink options can bring in people that may not even be interested in the games. It can incentivize people to join their friends for a game even when their favorite team isn’t playing.
All of these new food options are another great way for the teams to increase their revenue and help build these amazing modern stadiums for us to enjoy.
Personally we still think there’s nothing better than a good old fashioned hot dog (or Chicago Style Dog) when you’re watching your favorite team play. But let’s take a look at some of the best food options from various NFL football stadiums around the country.
Incredible Food at NFL Football Stadiums
With 30 professional football stadiums around the country, it’s hard to judge who has the best food out of all of them. The bar for stadium food used to be pretty low, so it was easy to pick which team was serving up the best eats to its fans, but with these incredible new stadiums and the desire for high end food, growing, we’re going to take a look at the food that we think is worth your money.
1. Soldier Field – Chicago Bears
Being located just north of Chicago, we have been to our fair share of Chicago Bears games at Soldier Field. And while it definitely falls into the realm of traditional stadium food, we can’t help but love a good Chicago-style hot dog.
However, Soldier Field has added some new items to their menu over the years. And while Chicago staples like the hot dog, Italian beef, and pizza are all available, we have to say that the Lake Shore Drive Hoagie is something you have to try.
This sandwich is loaded with gyro meat, corned beef, Italian beef, Tzatziki sauce, giardiniera, and tomatoes. It’s one of the best sandwiches we’ve had in a long time, regardless of the fact that it came from an NFL stadium.
2. Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City Chiefs
What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Kansas City food? You better have said BBQ. If you like bar-b-que then you’re going to love the food choices at Arrowhead Stadium.
Sure, you can always get the normal hot dog and fries, but wouldn’t you rather enjoy an incredible bowl of Burnt Ends Mac & Cheese? Or maybe some delicious Kansas City bbq brisket or the short-rib melt are more your style.
The Kansas City Chiefs stadium has really stepped up their food game recently by bringing in some outside restaurants to help infuse the love of BBQ into their food.
3. Heinz Field – Pittsburgh Steelers
You can’t visit Heinz Field without sampling some of the famous Primanti Brothers food. These sandwiches are loaded with everything you could want while watching the Steelers play.
Quaker Steak ‘N’ Lube is another Pittsburgh chain that brings gyros, wings and pierogis to the fans.
If you’re looking for something a little different, there are new offerings this year that include cauliflower tacos and pretzel fries.
Heinz Field keeps that taste of Pittsburgh alive through its traditional offerings, but also serves up so new and amazing food options on top of that.
4. Lumen Field – Seattle Seahawks
Lumen Field in Seattle has some amazing places to eat while watching the Seahawks play. You can get everything from a delicious pulled pork sandwich from Pecos Pit to a Chicken and Biscuits sandwich from Ezell’s Famous Chicken.
Of course, you’ll still be able to find the old classics like a delicious cheeseburger from Beardslee and hot dogs and sausages from places like Uli’s Sausage House and Oberto Hot Links.
While there are plenty of incredible new options on the menu at Lumen Field, Beecher’s Mac and Cheese is always a solid go-to option as well.
5. Levi’s Stadium – San Francisco 49ers
Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers is loaded with great food options. All of your favorites are there, including hot dogs, burgers, fries and nachos, but if you’re looking for something a little less traditional, this is the stadium you want to visit.
While San Francisco may not be the first place you think of when you think of good BBQ food, Smoking Pig BBQ is now serving up delicious food at the stadium. You can enjoy pulled pork, ribs, burnt ends and more while watching the 49ers take on their opponents.
Maybe fried chicken is more your speed, then you definitely don’t want to miss ChurWaffle as they fill your belly with chicken and cornbread waffles topped with peach maple syrup! Our mouths are watering just listing them. Starbird is also serving up incredible crispy chicken tenders that the locals have been raving about since 2014.
There is no shortage of great food to be found at NFL football stadiums around the country, and these are just a few of the 30 stadiums offering food from local restaurants in addition to the typical stadium favorites you’re used to.
Don’t let tradition stand in your way when eating at the stadium. Branch out a bit and take the opportunity to try delicious dishes from a variety of local restaurants as you enjoy your favorite NFL team.