Stadium Food Power Rankings: Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints
This week in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints are battling not only for a football win, but for bragging rights in terms of their stadiums' food options. With hospitality company Centerplate (thus far, a resounding matchup winner) and opposing company Levy Restaurants (newcomer to our stadium food power rankings) running concessions at the stadiums, the stakes are high, and we are anxious to declare a winner.
The Atlanta Falcon’s Georgia Dome is acclaimed as the largest cable-supported domed stadium in the world. Located in downtown Atlanta, the stadium has been home to two Super Bowls (XXVIII and XXXIV), NCAA Final Four games, and has hosted an array of Olympic events. The Dome's permanent seating capacity sits just more than 70,000 and the stadium provides three times the code-required number of restrooms. Generally, it is one of the largest combined sports, entertainment, and convention center facilities in the world.
Georgia Dome's Monster Burger. Photo courtesy of Levy Restaurants.
A client of Levy Restaurants, the Georgia Dome has a slew of unique items. Two dominating themes on the menu? Tater tots and jalapeños. Among the choices is the Nacho Dog, an all-beef hot dog that is topped with Cheddar cheese, sour cream, house-made pico de gallo, and jalapeños. The Monster Burger, another fan favorite, features a 1-pound all-beef burger that is loaded with BBQ pork, bacon, fried onions, and American cheese. The stadium’s Steak and Chicken Rojo Tacos consist of Coca-Cola-braised beef short ribs or chicken, wrapped in a flour tortilla with lettuce, cilantro vinaigrette, and chipotle aioli. The Mug of Tots, which would be this writer's personal dish of choice, features a 32-ounce Falcons souvenir mug, filled with layered tater tots that are topped with chili, nacho cheese, sour cream, and jalapeños (can you say, heaven?). Their Pot Roast Steak Sandwich also features a tater tot base, topped with roma tomatoes, fried onions, romaine, cilantro vinaigrette, and Levy signature steak sauce. Carvery Carts also offers succulent sandwiches for the fans, among them their Coca-Cola-glazed ham sandwich, a Muffaletta, and hot pressed options, like the Caprese, Cuban, Roasted Chicken, and Roast Beef Melts. Also offering up tasty dishes is a venue called Genki Noodle, which features authentic Asian street food, namely yakisoba noodles.
Georgia Dome's Nacho Dog. Photo courtesy of Levy Restaurants.
The Dome also offers options for gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian fans (and those who are simply craving a vegetarian option). The Going Green Salad with Fried Green Tomatoes comes with a bed of romaine and spinach with green beans, broccoli, cucumber, and herbed-champagne dressing (and of course, the fried green tomatoes). The Sloppy Jane, a vegan riff on this popular favorite, includes tempeh, peppers, and onions, topped with molasses and brown sugar barbecue sauce. The stadium is also offering a Summer Vegetable and Tofu Flatbread, featuring marinated tofu with grilled zucchini, romaine, tomatoes, chipotle "veganaise" sauce, and sun-dried tomato pesto on grilled flatbread. Their Appetizer Dip Trio appeals to even the most meat-loving fans, offering handmade guacamole, white bean hummus, and spicy salsa, all served with pita and crisp tortillas. The Georgia Dome’s gluten-free options include hot dogs, nachos, as well as a selection of muffins and cookies.
Georgia Dome's vegetarian Sloppy Jane. Photo courtesy of Levy Restaurants.
The Georgia Dome and Levy Restaurants also bring local Atlanta vendors to the stadium each home game, and feature a local celebrity chef at 2View Restaurant, which overlooks the end zone. Not too bad, Falcons fans. Not too bad.