Best Stadium Luxury Box Food Spreads Slideshow
While you can’t eat Kobe while watching Kobe in the luxury suites at The Staples Center (especially now since the Lakers have been knocked out of the playoffs), you can find other delicacies on the 29-page (!) catering menu devised by food and beverage partner, Levy Restaurants. Among the hundreds of choices are everyone’s game-day favorites, crispy fried chickpeas. They come in three flavors: sea salt, smoked chipotle, and barbeque. Oenophiles can wash them down with an impressive crisp and citrusy 2008 Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay.
Texas staples rule in the apartment-sized suites at Jerry Jones’s football acropolis. The BBQ brisket and smoked baby-back ribs are tender and juicy. The fried chicken and tempura shrimp are salty and crunchy. Oil barons hankering for a dog are brought Nathan’s brand.
Portland is widely recognized as a food-lover hotbed and that now extends to its new Major League Soccer franchise, the Portland Timbers. At the KeyBank Club fans can nosh on an eclectic bill of fare including custom-made bowls of phở and pasties (hand-held meat pies), but the highlight has to be “Timber Bacon,” a peppery center cut dipped in chocolate.
Danny Meyer recently opened a Shake Shack outpost at this horse-racing institution in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and there's restaurant row. But for the high rollers who don’t feel a custom-blend hamburger will suffice, a waiter will hand carve pistachio-encrusted beef tenderloin, Dijonaise lamb chops, red wine soaked prime rib eye, and bourbon-glazed pork loin.
In a brilliant display of entrepreneurship, a Cubs-endorsed building developer decided to open luxury suites on a rooftop right outside of storied Wrigley Field in Chicago. Fans who can’t afford the real luxury suites are still treated to an unobstructed diamond view and ballpark classics with a twist: The hot dogs, brats, and burgers are of the Kobe beef variety and served on brioche buns. Fat Tire is on tap!
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For the entire two-week competition, a Who’s Who of celebrities are spotted in these cushy seats right above Center Court in Queens, N.Y. Lucky for them they don’t have to fight the masses at the food court on the grounds. Instead, they are treated to all-you-can-eat smoked salmon and shellfish towers overflowing with chilled whole lobsters and shrimp.
The home of the 2011 All-Star Game has embraced the farm-to-table trend. Cannellini bean and chorizo cassoulet, diver scallops over creamy polenta and Parmesan, and smashed yams with wildflower honey and cinnamon butter make watching these perennial losers a lot easier.