It’s week 13 of the NFL season, and we’re five and two in our food-to-win predictions. Although our ego may be slightly hurting from our two losses, we’re confident in the food offerings to come. This week, we’re zoning in on Baltimore and Pittsburgh, taking two sets of notably loyal fans and seeing whose delicious stadium food can turn into a team win. In Pittsburgh, we have the Steelers’ Heinz Field, and in Baltimore, the Ravens’ M&T Stadium.
The Steelers’ Heinz Field sits beside the Allegheny River in the North Shore neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The stadium sports a natural grass playing field, seats just more than 65,000 fans, and has close to 50 concessions locations. The concessions provider, Aramark, has been seen in our matchups previously, championing the Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium and the Texans’ Reliant Stadium, and this week, they also represent the opposing team, the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium.
Heinz Field's Allegheny Burger. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
Food offerings at Heinz Field span a range of cuisines. The Allegheny Burger, a 5.3-ounce burger topped with shaved kielbasa, fried pierogies, Cheddar, Heinz ketchup, caramelized onions, and sauerkraut aioli, all served on a Kaiser roll, is one of the stadium’s unique (and compelling) options. The "Steelers Big Brat and Kielbasa Sandwich," featuring freshly made Silver Star bratwurst and kielbasa that are grilled over wood coal fire and served with the option of grilled onions and grilled peppers, is another unique option on the stadium’s food menu.
Our social media editor, Nathan Cyphert, a huge Steelers fan, has provided some insight into Heinz Field's food. "The two most popular and raved about offerings at Heinz Field are probably Primanti Brothers and Quaker Steak & Lube Wings," he says. "Quaker Steak is the holy grail of wings in Western Pennsylvania. Everyone loves them. And Primanti Brothers, as a restaurant and organization is the pride of Pittsburgh." The Primanti Brothers sandwiches, also hailed by Aramark as a Pittsburgh tradition, feature Capicola ham and cheese or steak and cheese, and are served with tomatoes, fresh cut french fries, and coleslaw.
Heinz Field's famous Primanti Brothers sandwich. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
Other popular items for Steelers fans include barbecue pork nachos, served with pulled pork, pit-smoked beans, pickles, red onion, and Heinz Field signature barbecue sauce; Silver Star Local Artisan Cheddar and Jalapeño Bratwurst, served with caramelized onions and peppers and stadium mustard; Allegheny Fry Co. chicken tenders and fries with dipping sauces including Buffalo, BBQ, honey mustard, and ranch; Silver Star Chipotle Chicken sausage, served with caramelized onions, peppers, and chipotle aioli; and Cajun fries with cheese dipping sauce.
New food venues to the stadium this year include Pub 33, featuring local and imported micro brews; Allegheny Fry Co., with the aforementioned chicken tenders; and Hickory Bridge BBQ Co., serving pulled pork sandwiches, smoked beef brisket, pulled pork nachos, and house-made BBQ chips, with all meat smoked in-house.
Heinz Field's BBQ Pork Nachos. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
A healthier stadium option is the chipotle pulled chicken taco, served with onion, cilantro, fire-roasted salsa, a lime wedge, and a flour tortilla. Gluten-free items include wings, peanuts, and nachos, as well as Redbridge gluten-free beer.
Sustainability at the stadium is not overlooked. All Pepsi cups are made from recycled resources and are fully compostable, and all plastic plates and utensils used in suites are made from recycled resources as well.