Stadium Food Power Rankings: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans
This week, Stadium Food Power Rankings covers the clash between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans, to find out which team's stadium has the best food
The Houston Texans’ Reliant Stadium, which can seat more than 70,000 spectators, was the first stadium in the NFL to have a retractable roof and natural grass. The stadium not only plays host to the Texans' games but also the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and has also welcomed a Super Bowl, WrestleMania, and the USA national soccer team.
There is plenty of variety in the food offerings at the stadium. The Chop Baker, a jumbo baked potato stuffed with chopped beef brisket and BBQ sauce, topped with Cheddar cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chives, is just one of the many unique items found at the field. Other selections include the Gonzales Meatloaf Sandwich, featuring thick-sliced roasted green-chile meatloaf, Monterey Jack cheese, and ancho BBQ sauce on a sweet mesquite bun; the Turkey BLT, with pecan-rubbed smoked turkey, candied bacon, and Monterey Jack cheese on a torta roll; the Grady Spears Brown Sugar & Coffee Rubbed Brisket, with hand-carved and brown sugar-rubbed beef brisket, BBQ sauce, and chipotle mayonnaise on a torpedo roll.
The Chop Baker at Reliant Stadium. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
New items on offer include dishes from several food trucks that set up shop in the parking lots before and after games. The current trucks' cuisines include Asian, Tex-Mex, gourmet burgers, and chicken and waffles. New nacho selections have also been added to the "Nacho Zone" in the stadium, including barbecue brisket nachos with tortilla chips topped with chopped beef brisket, cheese sauce, barbecue sauce, pickles, and onions; pulled pork nachos with tortilla chips topped with pulled pork, cheese sauce, tangy barbecue sauce, pickles, and onions; Buffalo chicken nachos with tortilla chips topped with Buffalo chicken, cheese sauce, blue cheese crumbles, celery, and blue cheese dressing; and the Monster Chicken nachos with tortilla chips topped with shredded chicken breast, charro beans, cheese sauce, pico de gallo, and salsa.
Coffee and Brown Sugar Rubbed Beef Brisket Sandwich at Reliant Stadium. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
Sustainability efforts at the stadium are at an all-time high. Reliant has eliminated 80 percent of cleaning chemicals with Orbio technology, using the power of transformed water to get the same cleaning effect without the hazards or large environmental footprint associated with the use of traditional packaged chemicals. The stadium also uses only microfiber towels to clean, eliminating the use of disposable paper towels, and has implemented large recycling efforts.
You put up a fight, Jacksonville, and while we admire the locally sourced ingredients and fresh efforts, Houston is stealing this week’s food-minded win. From food trucks to nacho selections to brisket-stuffed baked potatoes and meatloaf sandwiches, Texas is pulling out all the stops when it comes to its stadium fare. Sustainability efforts also have us intrigued, although Jacksonville’s gluten-free options have to also be given credit. So now we’ll just have to wait and see — will our food-to-win predictions be correct? Will the Texans take a win over the Jaguars? Tune in Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1:00 p.m. to find out.
Tune in next week for our Thanksgiving Day matchup between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.
Tyler Sullivan is the Assistant Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @atylersullivan
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