Best Stadium Food (2018)


While peanuts, Cracker Jacks and hot dogs remain game day staples at stadiums and arenas across the continent, fans these days are treated to a whole range of creative culinary offerings. These 10 stadium foods, found at NHL, NFL, NBA and MLB venues in North America, were voted the best bites in sports by 10Best readers.

  • Momocho Nachos

    Momocho Nachos
    Progressive Field - Cleveland

    Momocho, a favorite Cleveland Mexican restaurant, now serves their spicy fare to hungry fans at Progressive Field. The Momocho take on classic ballpark nachos includes made-to-order tortilla chips topped with queso fundido, slow-cooked meats and a choice of salsas.
    Photo courtesy of Delaware North

  • Lobster Roll

    Lobster Roll
    Fenway Park - Boston

    A Red Sox game at Fenway Park in Boston wouldn't be complete without chowing down on a classic lobster roll. Fans have to choices, a New England-style version with herbed mayo and celery or a hot lobster roll with warm butter and parsley.
    Photo courtesy of Aramark

  • 4 Bells Shrimp Boil

    4 Bells Shrimp Boil
    Target Field - Minneapolis

    Hungry fans of the Minnesota Twins enjoy a taste of the South at Target Field in Minneapolis, thanks to the new shrimp boil basket from local restaurant 4 Bells. Besides juicy shrimp, the dish includes corn, potatoes, sausage and a slice of lemon.
    Photo courtesy of 4 Bells

  • Mama's Italian Special Hero

    Mama's Italian Special Hero
    Citi Field - New York

    Pepper ham, salami, homemade mozzarella, mushrooms and peppers are piled high inside this satisfying sandwich from the Mama's of Corona location inside New York's Citi Field.
    Photo courtesy of Ted Berg / For the Win

  • Ben's Chili Bowl Half-Smoke

    Ben's Chili Bowl Half-Smoke
    Nationals Park - Washington, D.C.

    A favorite DC icon is also a favorite concession at Nationals Park. The Original Chili Half-Smoke, the signature item at Ben's Chili Bowl, features a 1/4-pound beef and pork smoked sausage on a steamed bun with mustard, onions and a fiery house-made chili. This is the original, made famous in 1958.
    Photo courtesy of Mr. Gray / Flickr

  • Ole 29er

    Ole 29er
    PPG Paints Arena - Pittsburgh

    Former Penguins player (and current broadcaster) Phil Bourque is a fan favorite in the Steel City and has his own signature dish at PPG Paints Arena. Dubbed the Ole 29er as a nod to Bourque's jersey number, this unique dish consists of a waffle bowl piled high with BBQ pork, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and coleslaw.
    Photo courtesy of Aramark

  • Bacon Blitz Bread

    Bacon Blitz Bread
    Lambeau Field - Green Bay, Wis.

    Hungry at Lambeau Field? Packers fans can sink their teeth into Bacon Blitz Bread: 16 strips of bacon wrapped around a cheese- curd-stuffed pretzel baguette."
    Photo courtesy of Delaware North

  • Tony Luke's Cheesesteak

    Tony Luke's Cheesesteak
    Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia

    One of Philly's best cheesesteaks is on offer to fans at Citizens Bank Park. Tony Luke's uses only top-quality, all-natural, antibiotic- and hormone-free rib-eye sourced from the Midwest, served nicely sliced in a semi-soft Italian roll with or without onions.
    Photo courtesy of J. Varney for Visit Philadelphia

  • Hot Chicken Mac & Cheese

    Hot Chicken Mac & Cheese
    Bridgestone Arena - Nashville

    New at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville this season is a hearty new take on hot chicken, a hot chicken mac & cheese that looks totally worth the calories.
    Photo courtesy of Nashville Predators

  • Primanti Sandwich

    Primanti Sandwich
    PNC Park - Pittsburgh

    While enjoying the Pittsburgh Pirates on the field, fans attending a game at PNC Park can enjoy another local favorite in the stands, a sandwich from Primanti Bros.
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File


The top 10 winners in the category Best Stadium Food are as follows: 

  1. Momocho Nachos - Progressive Field - Cleveland
  2. Lobster Roll - Fenway Park - Boston
  3. 4 Bells Shrimp Boil - Target Field - Minneapolis
  4. Mama's Italian Special Hero - Citi Field - New York
  5. Ben's Chili Bowl Half-Smoke - Nationals Park - Washington, D.C.
  6. Ole 29er - PPG Paints Arena - Pittsburgh
  7. Bacon Blitz Bread - Lambeau Field - Green Bay, Wis.
  8. Tony Luke's Cheesesteak - Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia
  9. Hot Chicken Mac & Cheese - Bridgestone Arena - Nashville
  10. Primanti Sandwich - PNC Park - Pittsburgh

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Steve Henson (USA TODAY Sports Media Group) and Malcolm MacMillan (The Ballpark Guide) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of American sports stadiums.

Congratulations to all these winning vendors, and keep this list handy next time you're heading out to a ballgame!

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