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.
Arrowhead Stadium, home to the Kansas City Chiefs, and a very unfortunate tragedy this past weekend, is located in Kansas City, Mo. Once host to Astro Turf, the field was converted to natural grass in 1994. Concessions are run by Aramark, so let’s see what they have to offer.
Unique food options at the stadium include the Short Rib Melt, slow simmered short rib with havarti cheese and caramelized onions on a buttery Parmesan-crusted toast; the Jalapeño Popper Burger, topped with jalapeños, applewood-smoked bacon, and jalapeño cheese spread; KC Smokehouse Fries, hand-cut fries with chipotle cheese sauce, chopped brisket, baked beans, creamy slaw, and red and gold barbecue sauce; the Buffalo Chicken Blue Nacho, with pulled chicken, Frank's RedHot, blue cheese sauce, crumbled blue cheese, red onions, and green onions; and the Triple Meat Nacho, with chili, pulled chicken, chopped brisket, nacho cheese sauce, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole.
Arrowhead Stadium's KC Wolf Dog. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
The stadium’s proven popular fare includes the Jack Stack BBQ Sandwich, served with sliced brisket, pulled pork, or pulled chicken; beer-battered chicken tenders; and the KC Wolf Dog, an all-beef footlong hot dog that is topped with chopped brisket, fried onions, and red and gold barbecue sauce. (We love this sauce — so in tune with the team's colors.) Other popular partnerships for the stadium include Blanc Burgers, Johnsonville, Palmero's Pizza, and Farmland. Several new concessions locations throughout the stadium already have some items of which they can boast, including The Foolish Dog, a new stand with nachos and loaded hot dogs like the KC Smokehouse Nacho, with chipotle cheese sauce, chopped brisket, nacho cheese sauce, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole; the Arrowhead Dog, with bacon, diced red onion, and blue cheese crumbles; the West Coast Offense, a dish with Pepper Jack cheese, pulled chicken, guacamole, pico de gallo, black bean and corn salsa, and ranch sour cream; the Bacon Bleu Burger, with bacon, bruschetta tomato and bleu cheese spread; the Awesome Burger, with fried onions, steak sauce, Cheddar cheese, and bacon; Boring Fries, hand-cut fries with sea salt; Drunken Fries, with Guinness cheese sauce; and the Really Good Fries, with herbed Parmesan and garlic.
Arrowhead Stadium's Short Rib Melt. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
Healthier options at the stadium include a lentil burger, a curried lentil and vegetable patty on a wheat bun with a side of cucumber salad and spiced yogurt, turkey dogs, vegetarian burger, vegetarian hot dogs, and gluten-free pizza.
The Awesome Burger at Arrowhead Stadium. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
Sustainability efforts at the stadium include their recycling program, a partnership with Missouri Organics to recycle paper, glass, cardboard, and compostable food items; the use of biodegradable paper goods in all concession serving vessels and wraps; and programs with local food banks to gather salvageable food after the game to deliver to the homeless.
And the winner is… Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, and all their fabulous food. From incredibly witty fries names to equally clever (and colored) barbecue sauces, the Browns were left in the dust. Dare you prove us wrong, Cleveland? We’ll see this Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
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Don't forget to check out our matchup next week between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears.
Tyler Sullivan is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on twitter @atylersullivan.