Allianz Field reveals opening day’s food lineup — from burgers to tacos to sambusas and more
ST. PAUL — Hot pastrami sandwiches from Cecil’s Deli, burritos from Brasa, and tacos from El Burrito Mercado are some of the food items from local eateries that will be served at St. Paul’s Allianz Field.
A media preview event Wednesday, April 10, at the new soccer stadium in St. Paul — held just ahead of Minnesota United’s home opener Saturday — revealed the lineup of foods curated by Delaware North (Food Service) executive chef Bill Van Stee and consultant/St. Paul chef Justin Sutherland.
To help you navigate the culinary lay of the land on opening day, here’s the list of stands, vendors and dishes, starting with the Brew Hall and going clockwise around the stadium. Items include stadium standbys with a twist, as well as a spotlight on global flavors.
In addition, we’ve provided some fun facts about Allianz Field’s food and beverage program, including the lowdown on the new Brew Hall, slated to open to the public a few days a week.
Brew Hall: MyBurger double burger, featuring Cloverdale applewood bacon and house-made chips; brisket pub nachos; and wild rice salad. The beverage lineup includes Heineken, Summit, Surly, Lupulin, Lift Bridge, Loon Juice and craft cocktails.
Hungry Loon: Handsome Hog Carolina barbecue sandwich with roasted pork shoulder and mayo-free vinegar-based slaw; pretzel and cheese; and souvenir bucket of popcorn.
Brasa: Signature chicken burrito with yellow rice and black beans; and a vegetarian burrito with grilled poblanos, yellow rice and black beans.
Nice Slice / World’s Fare: Freschetta pepperoni pizza; Kramarczuk’s lamb sausage (and eventually Portuguese linguica sausage); and Afro Deli’s veggie sambusa.
Hot Indian: Chicken tikka masala rice bowl and vegan channa rice bowl.
Global Street Grill: El Burrito Mercado tacos al pastor and esquites elotes-style salad in a cup.
Los Ocampo: Gourmet nachos with Mexican-style chicken or ground Beef.
West Indies Soul Food: Jerk chicken wings and Jamaican MNi Me’s spicy beef patties
Cafe Beignet: Seven to eight products from Buttered Tin, including Twinkies and almond sugar soccer ball cookies.
Fry Club: Cheese Curds; and Irish stout fish and chips.
Northstar Deli: Cecil’s hot pastrami sandwich on pumpernickel.
Draft beer gets canned: The majority of beers served at the stadium will be available by the can only, as a way to expedite lines. There are only two places in the stadium where draft lines can be found: in the Brew Hall and premium-seating areas.
Brew Hall will be open to the public: The Brew Hall is available to ticket holders during games and events, but there will be hours where it is open to the public, too (4-10 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays). Soccer games from around the world will play on the Brew Hall’s TV screens. Some days, hours might expand, so the Beer Hall can be open for European games, for example, that sometimes start as early as 6 a.m., said Eric Sampson, general manager for Delaware North and Allianz Field.
Food truck park will host tailgate parties:Ticket and non-ticket holders can attend tailgating parties during which food trucks will be up and running before the games. For Saturday’s game, seven local food trucks plan to park outside: Fare Well, Los Ocampo, Maui Wowi, MyBurger, Sweet Gypsy Waffles, West Indies Soul Food and K-Town Street Food. Look for opening day specials that will run for 30 minutes from when the stadium gates open.
Shop Mini Markets: In addition to food stations, you’ll be able to duck into Mini Markets — think convenience store — to grab sandwiches, wraps, snacks and drinks on the go. Cheez-Its, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, canned pop and beer were spotted at the East Market. The South Market is focused on beer, Sampson said.