Week 14 of the NFL season has us reeling. We are six and three, and have taken losses because of some rather unexpected wins — in football terms, not just in food. The Rams pulled out a win over San Francisco, Detroit beat the Vikings back in week 10, and the Patriots won over the Jets in week 12, although that one may not have been so shocking. This week, one of our matchups features the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns, so let's see who takes the gastronomical win.
Cleveland Browns Stadium, home of the, ahem, Cleveland Browns, sits in Cleveland, Ohio, on the very same spot as all the Browns' stadiums have, dating back to the Browns’ formation in 1946. The stadium features a Kentucky Bluegrass irrigated field with an underground heating system, and a seating capacity of more than 73,000. Sportservice runs concessions offerings, with 30 permanent concessions stands, 70 portables, and 10 vending commissaries throughout the stadium. Now let’s see what the vendors have to boast about.
Classic Reuben Sandwich at Cleveland Brown Stadium. Photo courtesy of Sportservice.
Unique items at the stadium include the Walleye Bites, fresh water walleye pieces that are lightly breaded and fried, served with waffle fries; the Food Network Bacon Sloppy Joe; the Polish Boy with Coleslaw, a polish sausage with coleslaw and barbecue dipping sauce on a sub bun; Chomps Chips, sweet potato waffle fries with brown sugar dipping sauce; barbecue nachos with barbecue pulled pork, cheese, salsa, and jalapeños; specialty fries topped with bacon, chili, and cheese; Bavarian pretzel rods with beer cheese; classic Reuben sandwiches featuring corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, Swiss cheese, and a side pickle; and the Food Network Buffalo Mac and Cheese.
Walleye bites at Cleveland Brown Stadium. Photo courtesy of Sportservice.
The most popular stadium items include quarter-pound all-beef hot dogs with stadium mustard, a mildly spicy brown mustard and a Cleveland original — served for more than 50 years in previous Browns stadiums. Other popular options include nachos topped with cheese, jalapeños and salsa; chicken tenders with all white-meat chicken; Quaker Steak & Lube wings (in boned and boneless versions), tossed in Louisiana Lickers, medium, or barbecue sauce, with a side of ranch or blue cheese dip; Quaker Steak & Lube onion rings; Quaker Steak & Lube beer cheese fries; and the Hoosier Daddy BBQ Roast Beef Sandwich, with Hoosier Daddy Sweet and Sassy Sauce on a dusted Kaiser bun.
The stadium also offers kids' meals, offering either a small hot dog or Smuckers Uncrustables peanut butter and jelly sandwich with chips and a small soda.
Cleveland Brown Stadium's Chomps Chips. Photo courtesy of Sportservice.
Healthier stadium options include the grilled chicken salad with romaine lettuce, cheese, red onion, grape tomatoes, and carrots; the chicken Caesar wrap with romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, Caesar dressing, and a garlic herb wrap; the smoked turkey breast sandwich, with Cheddar cheese, whole-grain bread, and a side pickle; and the quarter-pound vegetarian burger, served with your choice of toppings. Gluten-free items at the stadium include gluten-free hot dogs and buns, Red Bridge gluten-free beer, grilled chicken salad, Riceworks snacks, red Twizzlers, Cracker Jack, and peanuts.