Stadium Food Power Rankings: Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints, has been revamped since the city's Hurricane Katrina disaster. Although only the roof was majorly damaged in the storm, the bathrooms have also undergone renovation, and in 2011, an $85 million renovation completely modernized the original 1977 facility. As the largest fixed-dome structure in the world, the Superdome will host the Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013. The seating capacity can range from just less than 77,000 when expanded and just more than 73,000 when not.
Gumbo is one of the many secret treats of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Photo by -flickr_Kent-Wang.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is not without unique food fare. A fan favorite and at the top of our must-try list is the alligator sausage. Crawfish pie; chicken and sausage jambalaya; shrimp, catfish, oyster, and hot roast beef po’boys; gumbo; meat pies; and red beans and rice are also among the popular regional options. The stadium also serves the "Ultimate Nachos," which include taco meat, sour cream, salsa, and olives, as well as a Pork Shanks Sweet Potato Pasta, Kobe beef sliders, smoked pork loin with cane syrup, beef tenderloin sandwiches, and crabcake sliders.
Other popular items include chicken tenders, shrimp and fries, 4/1 Rickey Jackson Angus dogs, and the stadium’s nachos.
Oyster po'boys are a Louisiana favorite. Photo by flickr_goodiesfirst.
Healthier options at the stadium can be found in their selection of "fresh and healthy gourmet gyros." Most ordered are the original beef and lamb versions, but blackened Cajun chicken, "Geaux green veggie," and Cajun shrimp are also available. Southern Louisiana flavors, unique to the area and to New Orleans, dominate the Superdome and its menu offerings.
And for the matchup winner… you had us at alligator sausage, Louisiana. New Orleans Cajun flavors are one of a kind, and a game at the Superdome is a stadium experience like no other. So while tater tots and jalapeños make us very happy and the vegetarian options at the Georgia Dome are better than we’ve seen anywhere else, the winner this week will have to be the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home to crawfish, alligators, oyster po’boys, and gumbo.
Tyler Sullivan is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on twitter @atylersullivan.