Stadium Food Power Rankings: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns
Arrowhead Stadium, home to the Kansas City Chiefs, and a very unfortunate tragedy this past weekend, is located in Kansas City, Mo. Once host to Astro Turf, the field was converted to natural grass in 1994. Concessions are run by Aramark, so let’s see what they have to offer.
Unique food options at the stadium include the Short Rib Melt, slow simmered short rib with havarti cheese and caramelized onions on a buttery Parmesan-crusted toast; the Jalapeño Popper Burger, topped with jalapeños, applewood-smoked bacon, and jalapeño cheese spread; KC Smokehouse Fries, hand-cut fries with chipotle cheese sauce, chopped brisket, baked beans, creamy slaw, and red and gold barbecue sauce; the Buffalo Chicken Blue Nacho, with pulled chicken, Frank's RedHot, blue cheese sauce, crumbled blue cheese, red onions, and green onions; and the Triple Meat Nacho, with chili, pulled chicken, chopped brisket, nacho cheese sauce, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole.
Arrowhead Stadium's KC Wolf Dog. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
The stadium’s proven popular fare includes the Jack Stack BBQ Sandwich, served with sliced brisket, pulled pork, or pulled chicken; beer-battered chicken tenders; and the KC Wolf Dog, an all-beef footlong hot dog that is topped with chopped brisket, fried onions, and red and gold barbecue sauce. (We love this sauce — so in tune with the team's colors.) Other popular partnerships for the stadium include Blanc Burgers, Johnsonville, Palmero's Pizza, and Farmland. Several new concessions locations throughout the stadium already have some items of which they can boast, including The Foolish Dog, a new stand with nachos and loaded hot dogs like the KC Smokehouse Nacho, with chipotle cheese sauce, chopped brisket, nacho cheese sauce, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole; the Arrowhead Dog, with bacon, diced red onion, and blue cheese crumbles; the West Coast Offense, a dish with Pepper Jack cheese, pulled chicken, guacamole, pico de gallo, black bean and corn salsa, and ranch sour cream; the Bacon Bleu Burger, with bacon, bruschetta tomato and bleu cheese spread; the Awesome Burger, with fried onions, steak sauce, Cheddar cheese, and bacon; Boring Fries, hand-cut fries with sea salt; Drunken Fries, with Guinness cheese sauce; and the Really Good Fries, with herbed Parmesan and garlic.
Arrowhead Stadium's Short Rib Melt. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
Healthier options at the stadium include a lentil burger, a curried lentil and vegetable patty on a wheat bun with a side of cucumber salad and spiced yogurt, turkey dogs, vegetarian burger, vegetarian hot dogs, and gluten-free pizza.
The Awesome Burger at Arrowhead Stadium. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
Sustainability efforts at the stadium include their recycling program, a partnership with Missouri Organics to recycle paper, glass, cardboard, and compostable food items; the use of biodegradable paper goods in all concession serving vessels and wraps; and programs with local food banks to gather salvageable food after the game to deliver to the homeless.
And the winner is… Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, and all their fabulous food. From incredibly witty fries names to equally clever (and colored) barbecue sauces, the Browns were left in the dust. Dare you prove us wrong, Cleveland? We’ll see this Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
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Tyler Sullivan is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on twitter @atylersullivan.