Stadium Food Power Rankings: Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals


Week 2 of our Stadium Food Power Rankings takes a look at Paul Brown Stadium (pictured) and Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

This week’s matchup in The Daily Meal’s Stadium Food Power Rankings is the Denver Broncos versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Paul Brown Stadium and Sports Authority Field at Mile High are both relatively young stadiums, on their 12th and 11th seasons, respectively. Paul Brown sits on Cincinnati’s riverfront adjacent to the Reds’ home field, Great American Ballpark. Mile High was built to be the same size as its predecessor, and is scenically located in downtown Denver. Right now, the Broncos (4-3) have a slightly better record than the Bengals, who are at 3-4, but let’s see how well their home fields do stack up against each other. (Full disclosure: This writer is from Cincinnati, is a die-hard Bengals fan, and even had her senior prom at Paul Brown Stadium, but is putting all that aside for the sake of journalistic integrity.)

Each stadium offers a variety of unique menu items. Mile High puts a twist on the average slice of pizza with hand-tossed artisanal flatbreads, which are then grilled for an authentic Colorado touch. Toppings include Black Forest ham, pepperoni, Swiss, or Muenster cheese. But Bengals fans can get all their favorite things in one sandwich: the Who Dey Melt (pictured below). This gooey sandwich takes your classic grilled cheese… and adds bacon and mac and cheese. If that’s not enough decadence for you, try the Porkopolis: pork loin, Black Forest ham, grilled mettwurst, Farmer’s Longhorn cheese, pickle, and spicy mustard on a hoagie bun. (Photo courtesy of Aramark.)

For those who need to be a little more conscious of what they eat, even when at a football game, Mile High offers a plethora of allergy-free options for patrons with dietary restrictions. Their aforementioned grilled pizza has gluten-free and vegetarian options, Cover 2 Carvery serves oven-roasted turkey or top round on gluten-free bread, and there are various types of gluten-free and vegetarian noodle bowls. Paul Brown Stadium, on the other hand, doesn’t have as many creative options for health-conscious fans, but Sabra hummus, black bean burgers, almonds, and Smart Chips are all on offer. (Photo courtesy of Centerplate.)