This week marks the final week in the NFL regular season, and our coverage spans three final matchups: the Oakland Raiders' O.co Coliseum versus the San Diego Chargers' Qualcomm Stadium, the Washington Redskins' FedEx Field versus the Dallas Cowboys' Cowboys Stadium, and the matchup featured here, the Philadelphia Eagles' Lincoln Financial Field versus the New York Giants' MetLife Stadium. With our record at nine wins and four losses, we are anxious to see how we’re looking as we head into the playoffs, and creep ever-closer to the Super Bowl finale in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Philadelphia Eagles hosted their first game at Lincoln Financial Field in the fall of 2003, just a few months after the stadium's completion. The new stadium, thought up in 1994 upon Jeffrey Lurie’s purchase of the Eagles, was put in place for the ultimate goal of "winning the Super Bowl." Winning, according to Lurie, is very much dependent on stadium and training facilities, prompting the state-of-the-art new building. Let’s see what’s happening with the food.
Lincoln Financial Field's Italian Market Nachos. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
Unique items / Variety / Presentation
Unique and popular stadium items include the Sloppy José, a short rib chorizo sandwich topped with Chihuahua cheese and slaw and served with homemade chips, an invention from Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga; the slow-roasted pork gyro with homemade cucumber yogurt, fresh dill, tomatoes, and onions, on a toasted pita, also from Sbraga; the Pass Interference sandwich, a South Philadelphia-style roasted pork sandwich with arugula, fontina cheese, and garlic jus on a seeded Italian roll; the Italian Market Nacho with homemade sausage Bolognese, mozzarella cheese sauce, house-made ricotta, and fresh jalapeños; The Fat Darrell sandwich with chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries, lettuce, tomato, and marinara sauce, all on a single sub roll; and the Chop Block, chopped brisket with a jalapeño slaw and Linc barbecue sauce, served on a corn-dusted kaiser roll.
The Sloppy Jose at Lincoln Financial Field. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
Notable partnerships also produce much of the stadium’s popular fare, including cheesesteaks from Tony Luke’s and Rick’s Steaks; crab fries (dusted with a secret blend of spices and served with white creamy cheese sauce) and Buffalo chicken tenders from Chickie’s & Pete’s; The Schmitter, sliced beef with extra cheese, fried onions, tomato, grilled salami, and Schmitter sauce, on a flash-broiled kaiser roll from McNally’s Tavern; hoagies from Planet Hoagie; cheesesteak pretzels from Philly Pretzel Factory; barbecue from Bassett’s Original Memphis BBQ; twisted soft pretzels from Federal Pretzel; and assorted popcorn flavors from Johnson’s Popcorn.
New, local additions to this season’s menu include assorted grilled cheese sandwiches from Melt Down Grilled Cheese and the Dietz & Watson Spinach Chicken Parmigiana sandwich on an Italian roll with tomatoes and Dietz & Watson sharp provolone.
The Pass Interference at Lincoln Financial Center. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
Healthy / Organic / Allergy-Minded Options
Lincoln Financial Field was named the most vegetarian-friendly NFL stadium by PETA for the past three seasons (2012, 2011, 2010), noted for its menu of vegetable wraps, veggie steak sandwiches, vegetarian hot dogs, black bean burgers, garden burgers, and hummus with carrot and celery sticks. Gluten-free options include hot dogs and rolls, juices and beer, and gluten-free baked goods from Sweet Christine's. There is also a kosher food stand, featuring kosher hot dogs, chili brisket, and pastrami rolls.
Lincoln Financial Field is a zero landfill facility. Most service ware is compostable, and through recycling efforts, the stadium has collected 365 tons of glass, aluminum, plastic, and cardboard; and 409 tons of compost material in 2012. Cleaning products and practices are also in an effort to be “green,” with eco-friendly, green seal cleaning materials, and technologies employing electrically charged water.