Loyal fans love the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for its accessibility and location in the heart of the city that loves to party. Fans from out of town that fill the arena on home game days generate tens of thousands of dollars in food and beverage revenue for the city, a welcome spike in business for the local restaurants close to the action. Depending on what you're hungry for, you can keep it casual and chow on thin-crust pizza and Italian specialties, or pull out the stops and dine at one of New Orleans' hallmarks of refined Creole cuisine.
For vendor fare, fans congregate in Champion's Square, the festival, music and event venue adjacent to the Dome. You'll find mobile eateries serving the happy crowds, a few with bricks and mortar restaurants about town including Praline Connection for red beans and rice and other Southern fare and Drago's, known for seafood specialties. Wings, pulled pork barbecue and hot dogs are also available. For something a little more sedate, restaurants along Poydras and heading back towards the Quarter beckon. And unlike many cities, where hotel restaurants tend to be generic, two nearby hotels, the Hyatt Regency and the Loews, showcase the talents of chef John Besh and the esteemed Commander's Palace branch of the Brennan family.