Monday, December 13, 2010
Cowboys Stadium food concessions require wallet concessions from attendees
The most notable characteristic about stadium food offerings is the price.
This is one in a series of stories about Cowboys Stadium in anticipation of the Super Bowl, coming to the Stadium on February 6, 2011.
Like everything else about Cowboys Stadium, the food is supposedly better than what you usually get at a sports venue. The Cowboys even partnered with the Yankees to form a catering company, Legends Hospitality; and in June, they hired chef Jamie Sanford to supervise.
You can see their efforts in the wider variety of options and the occasional kiosk with fresh fruit. But in the end, there's still no getting away from the hot dogs and nachos you find at any super-sized venue.
Legends describes its menu as offering "regional and local favorites." In Texas, that means BBQ, Tex-Mex, and grilled items. But those in the pricier suites get a different, more complete menu than what's served at the regular concession stands.
Menu options include BBQ brisket quesadillas, beef fajita tacos, churros, jalapeno sausage sandwich, and Texas Frito Pie.
Those on the "club" level or above get more choices, including ribs, sweet potato fries, and catfish po-boys. A Kobe hot dog introduced when the stadium first opened has been replaced by a standard Nathan's.
Veteran restaurateur Dee Lincoln opened Dee Lincoln’s Tasting Room & Bubble Bar, with martinis priced from $13-$15.
But the most notable thing about the food is the price. Bottled water is $5. A small sack of spiced cashews is $6. Popcorn runs from $5.50 to $10, depending on where the stand is located. Flautas filled with cheese are $8, and beef fajita tacos are $8.50. Mac & cheese is $10. A Dr Pepper is $6.50 and chicken strips are $8.50. A 16-ounce Miller is $8. Margaritas are $12 to $14. Small pizzas with four pieces are $60.
The items that get the most raves are the $10 cheesesteak, and the pulled pork and chopped beef sandwiches, which are $8.50. If three people each get a sandwich and chips, and one of them gets a beverage, the price is $65.
Last summer, a report by ESPN noted that the stadium had experienced a few problems, including employees snacking on food at their work station and the presence of dead beetles.
Photo gallery provided by Jay Jerrier, famed pizzaiolo of Il Cane Rosso: